Professional Enrichment Grants
Welcome to the Professional Enrichment Grant Application Service (PEGAS), the electronic system for handling the application, review, and administration of Professional Enrichment Grants (PEGs) from the Graduate Student Government at Clemson University. PEGs, Professional Enrichment Grants, are reimbursement-based grants for the GSG that supplement graduate student travel to conferences and and field experiences. The PEGs are open to any current graduate student at Clemson University and may be applied for under the Applicants section of the PEGAS page in the navigation menu.
There are three application periods per year opening for two weeks approximately one month before each period. For a PEG to be considered the graduate student is asked to submit an application during the two week window before the period in which his/her conference or field experience is to take place. Any PEG applicant can only apply for a maximum of three PEGs during a single PEG application year. For more information regarding applying for PEGs please read through the PEGAS Applicant's Manual.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply?
Select Applicants. Register and complete the application before the deadline. Ensure that your advisor submits his/her attestation before the deadline. All applicants are also required to review 5 applications during the review period; failure to do so will result in disqualification.
Help! I can't submit my application!
Applications are automatically submitted at the deadline of the application period. Changes can be made to the application until the deadline.
How much money can I get?
Applicants can receive a maximum of $750 for domestic travel and $1,000 for international travel (travel to Alaska or Hawaii counts as international) per application. Money will be received as a reimbursement after travel is completed. This is a supplementary funding for travel expenses and as such will generally only aid in paying.
What can the money be used towards?
PEGs are for individual travel to conferences and field experiences. PEGs will pay for conference registration fees, lodging, and travel expenses (plane ticket, car rental, mileage). Food is not covered.
What is not covered by PEGs?
Grant money cannot be used to pay for food items. Also, PEG awards do not cover non-travel related expenses associated with research. **The Budget section of the PEG application asks applicants for information regarding food only for statistical purposes.
Who is eligible to apply?
Any current graduate student may apply for a PEG.
Who reviews the applications?
PEG applications are evaluated by peer review. All applicants are required to review 5 applications to be qualified for an award. Reviewers will evaluate the funding justification essay with consideration of applicant-declared career goals.
When do I apply?
There are three PEG sessions per year (Fall, Spring, Summer). Applications are due in the session prior to the session containing your travel dates. If your travel spans two sessions, apply for the session in which the last date of your travel falls. Please see the PEGAS homepage for the list of dates.
I have multiple events in the same session, what do I do?
You can submit multiple applications per application period, with a maximum of three per year. Thus, if you submit three applications in one session, you will not be able to apply for another PEG until the following academic year.
How do I find out if I received an award?
Award letters are sent out by email about a week after reviews of applications are complete. You can access your award letter by clicking on Feedback.
How do I receive the money?
If you are awarded a grant, provide a copy of your receipts and your award letter after you complete your travel and before the due date for that award session (see PEGAS homepage). These materials should be given to Julie Garcia at her office (804 Student Union). If you are on university payroll and use direct deposit, the money will be deposited in your account. Otherwise, you will be mailed a check to the address on file with the university.