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Annual Call for Professional Development Grants (Deadline April 6)

Note: There will be a Workshop on Professional Development Grants and Lecturer Funding on March 14 at 4-5pm at McHenry 2359 

Annual call for grant applications for funding from the Non-Senate Faculty Professional Development Fund

In accordance with our contract between the UC and the UC-AFT, funding is available to support professional development activities that contribute to pedagogical expertise in the subjects you teach at UCSC. Any Unit 18 Member who will be teaching at least one course during this academic year (2017-18) and the next academic year (2018-19) is eligible to apply. These funds may be used for professional meetings, conferences, workshops, to purchase software, special materials, and more. Some sample funded activities from 2015-17 include

- attendance and presentation at the UC Council of Writing Programs Annual Conference

- participation and presentation of UCSC’s World Cafe Learning Program at the National Organisational Development Network Conference

- analysis of gas in the sediments of the Elkhorn Slough: seismic surveys and coring

- attendance and presentation at the International Colloquium of Central American Studies: Migrants and Migrations in Central America (XIX-XXI centuries)

- Foreign Languages in the Digital Humanities travel grant

- attendance and performance at the International Society of Bassists 50th Anniversary Convention

- Supermassive Black Hole Conference travel grant


There are two types of grant opportunities available: Small Grants (requests for less than $750.00) and Large Grants (requests for $750.00 or more). Small grants are approved throughout the academic year on an ongoing basis (i.e., you can apply for small grants any time during the academic year); large grant applications are reviewed once per year in April. 

The 2018 APPLICATION DEADLINE for large grants is midnight on the first Friday in April, which falls on April 6 this year.

Funding is recommended to the university administration by fellow lecturers on the Non-Senate Faculty Professional Development Fund council. The grants are competitive; the entire fund this year is approximately $30,000. Guidelines and an application form are attached to this email and are available on the UC-AFT website.

For further information, contact members of the council:

Tony Hoffman at

Annapurna Pandey at

Randa Roland  at

Candace Calsoyas at

Tiffany Wong at

We will be glad to help you get started on the grants and the application process.