GMSSO Professional Development Award

Professional Development Award

This up to $500 scholarship can be used by a qualified GMS graduate student for a variety of events including attending a professional interview or conference.  There are two application deadlines each year on  October 15 and March 15.

1.     Definition of professional development award:

  • An award of up to $500 (depending on applicant pool) towards the cost of travel to or registration for a professional interview, conference, workshop or society.
  • Available to current full and part-time students enrolled in any program within the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences (GMS).
  • Awardees will be selected on the basis of outstanding track record of volunteer service in the Greater Boston Area since matriculation.


2.     What can the money be used for?

  • Any expenses incurred on trip (i.e. flight, hotel, food, gas, rental car, conference fees, etc.)
  • The award can be awarded retroactively or used for a future trip within that school year.


3.     How to apply:

  • Complete the application and turn it in either electronically (preferred) to the GMSSO ( or a hard copy to the GMS office (L-317).
  • Applications deadlines are October 15th and March 15th each year.
  • You may include an optional letter of support from your volunteer coordinator or supervisor as well as an additional sheet listing your scholarly activities.
  • YOU MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF ATTENDANCE (conference registration, email/letter confirming interview, etc.) with the application or before receiving the award.
  • Acceptance of award is contingent upon agreeing to and submitting a one paragraph summary of your participation and experience gained at this event to be published on the GMSSO website. This summary should be e-mailed to the GMSSO ( within two weeks of after the event.

4.  Have any questions?

  • General application questions can be sent to GMSSO (
  • Questions about the reimbursement process may be sent to Jerry Lavoie (