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2018 Professional Development Funds Call


2018 Call for Applications: Professional Development Fund (PDF) Grant 
for Lecturers and Other Represented Unit 18 Faculty at UC Berkeley
Applications are now being accepted for PDF 2018-19 grant funding for teaching, research, and scholarship. Would you like to attend a conference in Boston, do research in Brazil, or fieldwork in China? And have it paid for by the University of California? Apply for a Professional Development Fund (PDF) Grant and make it happen.
The PDF offers grants of $500-$10,000 in support of professional development activities that enhance scholarly and pedagogical endeavors, including intellectual and research activities contributing to faculty scholarship and effectiveness as teachers and mentors.  Grants are open to all non-Senate faculty (lecturers, teachers, field coordinators and other Unit 18 faculty) with teaching appointments on the UC Berkeley campus during summer 2017, fall 2017, or spring 2018.
The PDF is available to Unit 18 faculty as a result of the hard work of the University Council – American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT) in supporting lecturers and librarians across the UC system. The PDF originated in the 2003 UC-AFT Unit 18 contract, along with the continuing appointment for lecturers. The University initially funded the PDF at $135 per FTE on each campus.  Our most recent contract increased this to $200 per FTE.
Please note the following dates      
PDF Reception:  Wednesday (3/7), 5:15-7:30pm, Ethnic Studies Library, 30 Stephens Hall

Lecturers, librarians, and other Unit 18 faculty, are warmly invited to attend a reception honoring last year's award winners; and are encouraged to bring colleagues, friends, and family. We especially urge last year’s award winners to attend this event to celebrate your great work. We will share information about the program with potential new applicants, and there will be excellent food and drink at this rare opportunity to relax and talk with colleagues from across the campus.  We thank Ethnic Studies Librarian Lily Castillo-Speed for hosting this event.
PDF Workshops:  Tuesday (3/13), 3-4pm & Wednesday (3/21), 11am-12pm at 305 Wurster Hall
Please attend a PDF workshop to learn more about the application process, grant criteria, successful past applications, etc.
Application deadline:  Monday (4/9) at 5pm 
Email applications to No late materials will be accepted.
Award announcement:  Friday (5/4)
PDF Grant Proposals
Grants will fund proposals of $500-$10,000 that include, but are not limited to, the following items:

Research expenses

Academic training (e.g., taking courses related to teaching responsibilities at UCB)

Seminar, workshop, conference or studio attendance fees

Software, hardware, and technical support equipment for use in research and/or teaching (including in special cases the purchase of books, films, or software in preparation for teaching assignments) that will remain University property

Travel expenses related to teaching, research, or other scholarly endeavors 

The Committee encourages creative project proposals and distributes awards broadly within the university community.  Preference will be given to applicants who have not received large awards in the last two years. For conference funding, preference will be given to applicants who are presenting at conferences, though applicants attending conferences are still encouraged to apply. The Committee welcomes collaborative proposals, including, but not limited to projects linked to co-taught courses, shared research endeavors, and collaborative presentations.
Awards will cover professional development activities undertaken between May 7, 2018 and June 28, 2019.   The Committee reserves the right to offer partial or more substantial funding of requests in accordance with its annual allotment of funds.
The Committee is not able to fund the following items:

Projects that primarily support student work or create new opportunities for students 

Projects that cannot demonstrate an ultimate beneficial impact on pedagogy and/or the educational mission of the University 

Projects that mainly benefit or involve institutions other than UCB

Projects seeking funds for the production or promotion of publications

Projects seeking funds for salary or stipend for the applicant, a graduate student, or an assistant

Expenses for colleagues who are not co-applicants (travel, fees, etc.)

Travel to following states: Alabama, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, or Texas, in accordance with California State Law AB 1887, effective January 1 2017,  which prohibits using state funds to pay for travel to a state that has passed a law discriminating based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression (Note:  More states may be added to the list, and applicants should check the state website for updates.)

Course relief

Incomplete or late submissions

Please note message sent to the committee on Saturday (1/28) regarding exceptions to the travel restrictions.