Professional Development Support Funds


Due to the conditions surrounding responses to COVID-19, including concerns related to travel and social distancing, we are temporarily suspending the LGS Professional Development Support Funds (PDS) application portal, and we are not accepting PDS applications until further notice.

Emory has now indefinitely suspended all official and previously authorized international travel and is strongly urging our campus community to postpone all university-sponsored domestic travel. Please view Emory’s latest travel restrictions here.

We are continuing to monitor the situation and observe all guidance from Emory related to the Coronavirus. We will reopen the program when University directives advise that it is safe to do so. We do not know when that will be. Please continue to collect the necessary materials to apply for PDS funds once the program reopens. We intend to provide enhanced access to PDS funds at that time.

During the PDS program suspension period, we will adjust the window for submitting follow-up documentation and reports. For trips/projects that have occurred during February and March 2020, you will now have up to 60 days from the end date to submit these items.

COVID-19 Update: PDS Reimbursement for Conferences that are canceled due to Coronavirus

We understand that many organizers are canceling meetings due to COVID-19. Students who have applied to use the Laney Graduate School’s Professional Development Support funds to attend these meetings will be reimbursed through the normal PDS process. As usual, please submit a PDS Report to your program administrator so that they may update the CollegeNET Admit system with the accurate reimbursement amount. Keep all documentation related to meeting/travel expenses.

We ask students to make a good-faith effort to work with meeting organizers and travel agencies to try to recover any fees before submitting for PDS reimbursement. Most meeting organizers are working cooperatively to ensure that participants can recover expenses that are lost due to cancelations. Fees that are not recovered in this manner will be repaid through the normal PDS reimbursement process. We are committed to resolving these circumstances and are working to ensure that such expenses that are paid out through PDS for canceled conferences do not affect students’ PDS limits.

We ask that students affected by this situation are patient. If you have any questions, please contact



At the Laney Graduate School, we support and encourage students who need to acquire specialized research skills by traveling to other locations, and who seek to present their research at significant professional conferences.  One way we do this is through the Professional Development Support Funds program, or PDS.

PDS Handbook

The PDS Handbook is your essential guide to pds procedures and policies.

PDS Handbook

PDS funds are designated for LGS doctoral students and are allocated in three separate categories: Training, Research, and Conferences.

Broadly speaking, PDS funds are important on two fronts:

  1. Helping students prepare to apply for funding from external agencies; and
  2. Helping students acquire training pertinent to their degree not offered at Emory, conduct research for their dissertations and research projects, and network and present at conferences.

Students are eligible for $2,500 in the three categories of training, research, and conferences. Funds are not guaranteed, but are subject to application and review. Additionally, for training and research, students may also apply for more than the $2,500 through a competitive process that, like many grants and fellowships, involves committee review.