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Career Development Grant Application Procedures – for students and alumni

Designed to support diverse career-enhancing projects and logistical needs for students and recent alumni, Peabody’s Career Development grants are administered by the Office of the Dean of the Peabody Institute and managed by Peabody LAUNCHPad. Applications are accepted for Project Funding once each semester and for Logistical Funding on a rolling basis. Grant amounts average around $400, although funding up to $1000 may sometimes be awarded.

For current Peabody faculty, information about the application process for Faculty Career Development Grants can be found on this page.

Application Deadlines: Logistical Funding applications are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed on the first business day of each month. Submit your application by the last day of the month to ensure it is reviewed.

Project Funding applications have one deadline per semester:

  • Fall 2020 Project Funding Deadline: 11:59pm ET on October 21, 2020
  • Spring 2021 Project Funding Deadline: 11:59pm ET on March 24, 2021

Eligibility:  To be eligible, applicants should be:

  • Undergraduate students who have been enrolled at Peabody for two years
  • Peabody graduate students
  • Alumni within two years of graduation from Peabody
  • Applicants must not have received an award in the previous year. There is a limit of two awards per student.

Qualifications:  The committee will consider proposals for entrepreneurial project funding as well as logistical career development needs.

Project Funding: For project funding, special consideration is given to innovative and self-sustaining projects, especially those with the potential to benefit the wider community. Examples of qualified projects include:

  • Entrepreneurial pursuits
  • Recording
  • Performances
  • Research
  • Website & promotional materials

Logistical Funding: For logistical funding, special consideration is given to current students demonstrating financial need. Examples of qualified logistical needs include:

  • Travel/fees for competitions, auditions, festivals, etc.
  • Instrument purchase/repair
  • Materials and equipment

Not Funded: Funding is not available for:

  • Support for regular college or university study
  • Commissions of original compositions by current Peabody students
  • Equipment not specifically required for a career-related pursuit (e.g. a laptop for an unamplified performance project)

Submission Details: Please submit this online form after preparing the following materials:

  • Detailed proposal, including the applicant’s name and contact information, project description, and project budget
  • Resume or CV
  • Recommendation from a faculty member. In most cases, this will be your primary teacher, but it could also be another faculty member who is familiar with your work. Recommendations should be sent directly by your faculty recommender to Please request recommendations early to allow faculty as much time as possible before the deadline.

Upon completion of the project, award recipients will be asked to submit a brief report.

Peabody LAUNCHPad helps students develop project ideas and prepare grant proposals. You can view a Sample Career Development Grant proposal (JHED ID required), and contact us to make an appointment well in advance of any deadline. We are unlikely to be able to accommodate last-minute requests for proposal review.