Professional Development and Funding Resources

Student Conference Travel Funding

There are a few funding avenues open to support Graduate conference presenters.

  • The College of Education and Human Ecology offers funding of up to $250 for graduate students traveling to present at a conference. Click here for details and the application.
  • ORIC Matching Travel Grant: Once a Graduate Student has secured funding from another source, (Educational Studies Travel Grant, Ray Travel Award, Faculty Travel Grant) they may apply for a matching grant from ORIC of up to $250. Click here for details and the application.
  • The Edward J. Ray Travel Award for Scholarship and Service (Ray Award) encourages and enables graduate students across the university to participate in professional conferences, both in their respective fields and in the broader academic community, by reimbursing or partially reimbursing the expenses incurred by graduate students during travel to conferences and meetings to present original research. Unlike other programs that grant travel funds, the Ray Award gives substantial weight to the applicant’s service to his/her department, the university, and the surrounding community. Ray Award judges also take into account the academic standing of the applicant, the applicant’s professional goals, the nature of the conference being attended, and the applicant’s ability to convey the focus of their research to a general audience. Click here for details and the application.

Updated Travel Award and Student Travel Process for FY22

Beginning July 1, 2022, we will be requiring students receiving financial assistance from the department or faculty members in the form of travel awards to enter a Spend Authorization into Workday for trip expenses. This ensures our department is following Custody of Care guidelines, accounting for the whereabouts of our students and employees and University Travel Policy. After money is awarded to a student for travel, they will need to log into Workday to create a Spend Authorization prior to the trip occurring.  Any airfare will need to be purchased through Corporate Travel Planners (CTP) using Concur, the airfare booking portal or by contacting a CTP agent directly.  They will then enter an Expense Report after the trip to be reimbursed for the travel.

Visit this link for more information about how to create a spend authorization in Workday in a self serve

  • For assistance creating an expense report after your travel is complete please utilize this ARC demonstration
  • There are also documents attached with step-by-step instructions.
  • To contact a CTP agent directly: Contact a Full-Service Agent – contact information, after-hours assistance, print your invoice for your expense report.

Phone: 855-784-9282 (toll free)
Hours: M-F 8 a.m.- 7 p.m. EST

  • To book your airfare using the Concur online booking portal please visit

CTP Airfare Policy Reminder for Student, Staff and Faculty

Ohio State has contracted with Corporate Travel Planners (CTP) for all airfare purchases The University is liable to all its business travelers while in travel status and is ultimately responsible for ensuring return/rescue/recovery in the event of political or natural events. The implementation of this policy ensures visibility to traveler’s business destinations that have been booked through the contracted travel agency.  Part of this contract involves strict adherence by the traveler to utilize CTP all airfare purchases for University business related travel.  The travel office has a “2 strikes” policy where they will no longer reimburse OSU employees for airfare after it is booked twice outside Corporate Travel Planners (CTP). This policy is in effect for the lifetime of employment at Ohio State.

Travel Policy related to Purchased Airfare:

Helpful Travel Resources

Travel website – review pre-trip and post-trip travel resources, training guides, forms, and important news.

Know before you go – link to specific FAQs

Campus and Other Resources

Participating in professional and career development opportunities is important to enhance and maintain your knowledge and skills as well as to help you grow professionally and advance your career.

Ohio State has many resources you may use to start developing your plan. Following are resources will help get you started.

Career Counseling and Support Services (CCSS): provides relevant, on and off campus, career resources to assist graduate, professional students, and post docs in their career decision making processes.

EHE Graduate Student Interdisciplinary Research Initiative (GSIRI): offers graduate students an opportunity to collaborate in interdisciplinary research.

AERA Doctoral Student Cohort Program: offers OSU EHE full-time doctoral students who will be joining AERA for the first time and any doctoral students who have not yet been AERA members a reduced dues rate.

University Institute for Teaching and Learning (UITL): hosts workshops, seminars, events, and trainings on a variety of topics throughout the semester to enhance your teaching skills.

The Research Commons: hosts events, workshops, presentations, and seminars are offered throughout the year on topics including planning research, grant writing, IRB submissions, and publishing.

Council of Graduate Students (CGS): provides graduate students funding and programming opportunities to enhance personal and professional development.

Preparing Future Faculty Program: connects graduate students who are one or two years away from graduating with faculty mentors at partner institutions to learn more about being a faculty member at a liberal arts or small institution.

Versatile PhD: offers an online support community of PhDs for those exploring non-academic career opportunities. Get access to examples of successful resumes and cover letters. Participation can be completely confidential.

Diversity, Intercultural and Community Engagement (DICE) Certificate Program:  engages students in co-curricular involvement, training and experiential learning opportunities focused on diversity, social justice, service and leadership. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a certificate to verify their experiences and training to employers.

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD): is a nationally-recognized independent faculty development center dedicated to supporting academics in making successful transitions throughout their careers. As an institutional member, OSU faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students have access to a free institutional membership and variety of resources including: dissertation success curriculum for graduate students, webinars, weekly motivators, writing challenges, and more.

Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML): Students who currently have an Ohio address, can register for a library card and use the CML resources. The library offers many resources, particularly for working on/developing a variety of skills, such as Microsoft products, coding, photography, resume writing, learning an instrument, improving presentation skills, etc.