Professional Development Fund

The funds for this award have been depleted.  Many thanks to the AAUP for negotiating for this important addition to development funds for PSU staff.

The Faculty Development Committee is pleased to announce an opportunity to apply for professional development funds for AAUP bargaining unit members including academic professionals and faculty whose base salary is $50,000 or less for the 2011-2012 academic year. 


An amount of $75,000 was allocated on February 1st, 2012 to support a Professional Development Fund for Academic Professionals, as well as research and instructional faculty earning less than $50,000 a year base salary as of June 30, 2011 for applications during ’11/’12, or less than $51,550 for applications during ‘12/’13, whether on a 9-month or 12-month contract. This fund was established in accordance with the most recent AAUP contract.

Award parameters:

Awards up to $6,000 will be given to eligible applicants for activities that support the professional development of academic professionals, research and instructional faculty.  Requests for amounts in excess of $6,000 will require specific justification.  Possible uses for these funds include course release for the purpose of upgrading an existing course, creating a new course, pursuing a research project, or release time for professional development activities such as attending a conference or participating in a workshop. 

Applicants are eligible to receive no more than one award every 6 months.  All awarded funds must be used within one year of the initial award date.

Application deadlines:

Applications will be accepted and reviewed continuously, and awards will be given first-come, first-served.  Please allow at least 3 weeks for the committee to review applications.  Note that due to the committee meeting schedule, no awards will be given during the summer term.  Please apply for funding for summer projects during the spring term.

Proposal Format

Proposals will only be accepted through our online submission system.

This form will ask you to submit your proposal description, budget, and budget justification.  Please have these items ready before you begin the online form.  We recommend that you compose and save these in a Word document on your own computer prior to completing the online form.


Academic professionals, research, and instructional faculty who receive funding must file a final report one month after the end of the proposed activity.  This report should include a narrative of at least 200 words that describes the project’s mutual benefit to the applicant and the university and a general expense report.

Final reports should be emailed to  Applicants who fail to submit their final reports may be excluded from consideration for future funding.

For questions about the application and eligibility, please visit our help page.