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Professional Development Travel Awards (PDTA)


The Graduate School, in conjunction with the Graduate Student Senate (GSS), is continuing a popular program to support students who need financial support for professional development opportunities. An ad hoc committee, the GSS Professional Development Travel Awards Committee, will work with the GSS President and Dean of the Graduate School to select awardees.

To learn more about these awards, please review this informational document.


Ready to Apply?

Click [here] to access the application. You must be logged into your UT Volmail to start the application process. Please read the sections below to ensure that you have all of your materials ready for the application.


** Due to the nature of the source of the funding, all travel must be completed by May 31, 2020 in order to be considered. This application will close on May 17, 2020 or when all funds have been allocated. The GSS website will be updated when applications are no longer being accepted. **


Application Checklist

  • Completed signature page. [Download Signature Page]
  • Information of “workshop,” such as date, location, and sponsor.
  • Summary of the workshop indicating its positive impact on the applicant’s professional development. Indicate specific skills to be gained through the experience. (250-1000 words)
  • Demonstrated net financial need such as lodging cost, airfare, auto mileage. (No per diem expenses such as food can be covered by this award.)
  • Amount of supplementary assistance from the applicant’s department, college, advisor, grants, etc.

Download the Mock Application (Word Document) [GSS PDTA 2019-2020 Mock Application].


Application Timeline

  • Application must be submitted two (2) weeks prior to the starting travel date.
  • Applications will receive a notification on acceptance or rejection within four (4) weeks of submission.
  • Reimbursement requests should be filed within two (2) weeks of completing your travel.



Frequently asked questions are answered at the end of the informational document linked above. After reading this document, if you still have questions, please contact


Image description: Sharing the same frame with some of the most dedicated women in nuclear security at the International Safeguards Course organized by the Center for Nonproliferation Studies at Monterey Bay, California was an honor for UTK Political Science Ph.D. student and Govt. of India Customs officer, Arjun Banerjee (2018-2019 PDTA Recipient). 

From Right to Left: Oum Keltoum Hakam (Morocco), Marwa Ibrahim (Egypt), Linnet Nyamweya (Kenya), Arjun Banerjee (India), Nomsa Ndongwe (Zimbabwe), Anastasiia Nechytailo (Ukraine).