Due: October 1
If you are requesting funding for travel, you must complete a travel request form and reference this project by the same project name.
The Professional Development Grant (PDG) program is a source of funding to support faculty in their efforts to stay current in their discipline. If you are traveling to attend or present at a conference, symposium, or workshop, you only need to submit a travel request form.
All full-time faculty members on fixed-term appointments are invited to apply for PDG funding.
Examples of Activities
Your proposal should explain how the proposed activity will help you stay current in the discipline you teach. Since there are many options for appropriate professional development, including scholarly projects, a variety of activities will be considered. The following is a non-exhaustive list of illustrative examples for proposals:
- Experimenting with and documenting new pedagogical approaches in your discipline or working cooperatively to explore and document interdisciplinary approaches, provided the focus of the effort is experimentation and not routine course improvement.
- Conducting research or undertaking scholarly activities appropriate to the applicant’s discipline.
Proposals may not include the following:
- Support for doctoral dissertation research.
- Support for summer stipends and supplemental salary.
- Requests for released time from teaching.
The project may entail travel (see travel request form), provided the proposal clearly explains how the travel will help the applicant stay current in their discipline.
The purchase of materials may be included, provided the applicant makes it clear in the proposal that the purchase is directly related to the activities of the project.
No amount of support is too small to request through the PDG proposals. It is anticipated that most proposals will range from $500 to $1,500. Proposals that request funding at a level higher than $1,500 will be considered, but these requests must clearly demonstrate the need for more extensive financial support.
For all proposals, budget items should be clearly itemized and related directly to project activities.
PDGs are awarded on a competitive basis. Each proposal is evaluated by the DAA. Due to limited budgets, proposals are not guaranteed funding. Some proposals may receive only partial support. Evaluations are based on (1) the quality of the proposal and (2) the potential contribution to applicants staying current their disciplines as related to their teaching assignments.
Because of the temporary nature of the funds, project money must be expended by the end of the current fiscal year. Unspent funds will not automatically be held over into the next fiscal year budget.
Important Submission Information
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