Professional Development Stipends

Do you want additional money for continuing education? Does the conference workshop seem out of budget? The Georgia Dietetic Foundation (GDF) provides an annual professional development stipend of at least $750.00 to at least one Registered Dietitian Nutritionist or Nutrition Dietetic Technician Registered who resides in the state of Georgia. This stipend is applied toward costs associated with a regional, national, or international dietetics or nutrition-related conference or symposium (virtual or in-person).

The conference or symposium must provide continuing education credit acceptable to the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

Expenses covered by the stipend include;

  • Registration fees
  • Travel expenses
  • Lodging / Hotels
  • Food expenses or
  • Additional Workshops as part of a conference you are attending.

Recognition of the professional stipend recipients will occur on the GDF website, in GDF social media, and in the GAND President's Platform (email distribution).

Answer all questions on the application to the best of your ability. If a question is not applicable to your situation, write “not applicable” in the appropriate space.

Upload a typed essay of 500 - 600 words addressed to “Committee Chair” stating:

  • Why you selected this specific conference or symposium.
  • How attendance of this professional development opportunity will support your short-and long-range professional goals.
  • How this educational pursuit will benefit you as a practitioner.

Requirements for recipient(s)*:

  1. An informative and educational article must be submitted to the Stipend Committee Chair within 90 days of attending your chosen conference/symposium. Goals of the written article are:
    1. Educate and inform fellow RDNs about the conference or symposium.
    2. Main body should highlight key information learned from your experience; identify the key speakers, the specific areas that they raised and spoke around, and the key points that came from their presentation and discussion after the presentation.
    3. Conclusion should cover what was discussed or suggested as a call to action (i.e. change in protocol; impact on current standards of practice).
  2. Completed expense report including receipts for registration fees, travel, and lodging.

*Funds are released after GDF receives a completed expense report and accepts the article. Revisions requested by the Stipend Committee must be sent within ten days.

All application materials must be uploaded (as a word document or scanned PDF) in the Stipend Application.


NOTE:  You will be notified by email when your application packet is received.

Stipend Application

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    • In submitting my application for review:

      I understand that if circumstances make it necessary to change my plans for attendance of my chosen conference, I will notify the Georgia Dietetic Foundation Stipend Committee Chair at once and ask that my name be withdrawn from the list of active applicants or recipients. If I am forced to change my plans because of circumstances beyond my control and withdraw, I may be considered as an applicant at some future date without discrimination by the Stipend Committee.

      I know that I am required to submit an educational article within 90 days following attendance at the conference/symposium.

      I understand that the awarded funds will be released after I submit a completed expense report to GDF and an article. I also understand that the award is not transferable, and it may be withdrawn if not used within 1 year of the award date.

      I agree to have my article posted on the GDF website and other GDF social media platforms.

    • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

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