Funding / Funding Options

For Students (PDF)


***The FALL application window opens Friday, 09/14/18, and closes on Friday, 09/28/18 at 5pm. Eligible events occured between 03/16/18 and 09/21/18***

IPC offers reimbursement of up to $750 annually for students who attend professional development experiences, such as conferences and career fairs, through the Professional Development Fund (PDF).  To qualify, you must be a professional student and the experience must have occurred within the dates for eligible events (either fall or spring cycle). More information regarding student eligibility can be found under our "Guidelines" tab. The PDF window opens twice during the year, in September and March, and applications are available in our "How to Apply" tab.  

To get you started thinking about PDF, read through our FAQs:

After turning in application you can expect:

  1. A confirmation email that your application was received

  2. An email with the reward amount within 60 days after the application deadline

  3. Checks will take up to 90 days after notification of funding before becoming available for pickup. You will receive an email when your check is ready.

Am I guaranteed to get reimbursement from IPC? No. Students receiving less than $50 will be removed as well as applicants that do not meet the PDF qualifications for reimbursement. The fund supporting PDFs is a set amount every year, therefore IPC IS NOT USUALLY ABLE TO REIMBURSE STUDENTS FOR THE FULL AMOUNT REQUESTED. The PDF is designed to help students offset the costs of professional development, but not be the sole source of funding.


I am a Law student, what are the rules about Professional Interest Law Foundation (PILF) funding? Law students may request a maximum of $500 of PDF funding for their PILF experience. Please include in your application the amount of money received from PILF. All PILF requests must be submitted in the fall application window.


I went to multiple conferences, can I submit multiple applications at once?? IPC?? can accept up to 2 applications from each student per year, but you can choose to submit 2 applications within one cycle if both of your are events occured within that window. You may not request funds for the same experience twice.


How can I apply for gas reimbursement? The university doesn't take gas receipts anymore so you need to calculate miles by submitting a Google map that shows the number of miles driven and you will get the current university approved reimbursement per mile (


I am first year student, could I apply for the PDF fund? The event must have happened while you were enrolled as a full-time professional student at the Ohio State University. If it happened before you were enrolled, you are not eligible to apply for this fund.


What if I have another source of funding? That is great! If you have gotten some form of reimbursement for either conference registration fee, hotel, etc, please let us know how much you have been reimbursed and subtract this amount from your total request. If you receive funding after submitting your PDF application, please alert the IPC office to update your total requested funds.  In the previous years, students have applied for IPC PDF fund even though they have been reimbursed by the dean or by the organization. This is against university regulations and if anyone is found to be asking for double reimbursements, we will no longer accept your applications in the future.?


Please turn in your AP compliance form, when turning in your PDF application.  AP Compliance form must be filled out at each submission. It will take longer for you to receive your check, if you do not submit with the application.

For more details, feel free to read the PDF Standing Rules 2018.

For inquiries regarding the Professional Development Fund (PDF), please email:

Virgil Vulvara, Chief Justice Fall 2018 - Spring 2019

Carolyn Chakuroff, Chief Justice Fall 2017 - Spring 2018