Professional Development Grants
The Employee Forum’s Professional Development Grant provides permanent University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill employees additional funding to help cover professional development opportunities.
The grant covers work-related education and training and can be used for conferences, certificates, non-credit classes, or similar instructional opportunities. In other words, it covers anything related to or contributing to the professional skills of the individual employee and not already covered by other resources at the University. Specifically, the grant is designed for expenses incurred prior to the opportunity (e.g., registration, materials, travel) that an employee’s department or other sources cannot cover. Courses for academic credit are not eligible for this grant but can be accessed through the University’s tuition waiver benefit. However, books and application expenses related to academic courses are now eligible for grant support.
Full or part-time permanent SHRA or EHRA non-faculty employees are eligible for this grant. We encourage applicants to seek funding from departmental and/or unit sources, if available, prior to submitting this application. Additionally, there are a number of other university sources of support, such as Educational Programs through Benefits, HR’s Training offerings, and the Janet B. Royster Memorial Staff Scholarship Fund. Please exhaust these other options before applying for the Professional Development Grant.
- Funding must be for individual benefit, relate to the employee’s position, and meet a professional development purpose (not departmental).
- Applicant may not have received a Professional Development Grant from the Employee Forum nor the Janet B. Royster staff scholarship from the Staff Assembly, for the same or a different opportunity, in the year prior to application.
- Applicant must include their supervisor’s name and email address. We do not need your supervisor’s approval, and we will not contact your supervisor unless the Professional Development Grant account is audited.
- Individual grants will not exceed $500.
- Timely and complete submission:
The application includes details about the opportunity, a budget of expenses, and answers to the three (3) following questions. (We recommend that you draft and save your answers in a Word document and then cut and paste the answers into the application when you are ready to submit it.)
- Describe how this professional development opportunity will enhance or complement your current position.
- Describe how this professional development opportunity is relevant to your career aspirations.
- Please describe university activities in which you have been involved in the last 12 months outside of your typical job duties.
Please note: Professional Development Grants are no longer processed on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to ensure all university employees have an equal chance to apply for this funding opportunity, the Education and Career Development Committee will review and score applications based on applicant answers to the questions in the application.
ALL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT APPLICATIONS FOR ACTIVITIES INVOLVING INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL ARE CONTINGENT UPON APPROVAL OF A REQUEST FOR EXCEPTION TO THE UNC SYSTEM OFFICE INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL BAN.
- Only complete submissions will be considered.
- Online application submissions are strongly preferred. Paper applications are available upon request. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
- Applications will only be accepted during the submission period as noted below.
For the current submission period,
- Applicants may apply for funds before or during the professional development opportunity.
- Applications will be taken within the submission period (April 18-30, 2022).
- Applications will be reviewed by the Education and Career Development Committee during the review period (May 1-15, 2022).
- Applicants will be notified several days after the close of the review period (May 23, 2022)
- All funds granted during this submission period must be spent between April 18 and November 30, 2022 must be reimbursed by November 30, 2022.
- Applicants who are not selected during this submission period may reapply for funds in the next submission period.
SUBMISSION PERIOD: April 18-30, 2022
REVIEW PERIOD: May 1-15, 2022
EXPECTED NOTIFICATION: May 23, 2022
FUNDING MUST BE REQUESTED FOR REIMBURSEMENT BY: November 30, 2022
***If your professional development opportunity will occur after November 30, 2022, please do not apply in the current submission period. Instead, please apply for the next submission period. Additional details and specific deadlines about the next submission period will be shared on the website soon.***
Requirements for Reimbursement:
- In accordance with University purchasing policies, Professional Development Grant purchases will no longer be processed via campus voucher reimbursement. For professional development activities related to travel or virtual conferences, Concur will be used to process the requests. For professional development activities that involve textbooks or course preparation materials, a university supplied purchasing card should be used. Additional details will be provided to applicants selected to receive funding.
For questions concerning the application process, contact the Employee Forum at email@example.com.
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|Erin Bender||Psychology & Neuroscience||Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Conference
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|Lauren Duncan||Linberger Comprehensive Cancer Center||Textbooks for Master's in Public Administration|
|Kathryn Garrisi||Psychology & Neuroscience||Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) Biennial Meeting|
|Valerie Glassman||Clinical Support Division, School of Nursing||Association for Student Conduct Administration Annual Conference|
|Tawanda Harvey||CWHR||CCRP Certification|
|Devon Minch||Emergency Medicine||The 8th Annual Southeastern School Behavioral Health Conference|
|Steven Niezgoda||School of Medicine Administration||Recording of American Immigration Lawyers Association Fall 2021 Conference|
|Allyse Polly||Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise||Managing Economic Development Organizations|
|Victoria Sepulveda||Microbiology & Immunology||Mid-Atlantic Microbial Pathogenesis Meeting (MAMPM)|
|Jennifer Washington||English & Comparative Literature||UNCW Education Leadership Graduate Program|
|Jessica Wilkinson||Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise||Community Development Academy|
Spring 2021 Recipients
|Logan Brackett||Biology||eCornell Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion|
|Chelsea Cochrane||Academic Advising||NACE Conference Registration|
|Amy Cole||Information Technology, School of Medicine||Summer School Book Purchases|
|Carolyn Fryberger||Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise||Economic Development Finance Programs|
|Maureen Furlong||TraCS Institute||International Association of Clinical Research Nurses|
|Matthew Glassman||Research Information Systems||AWS Cloud Practitioner Learning Path, Exam & MS|
|Lisa Luo||School of Social Work||Talking with Pictures: Photovoice - June 2021|
|Amber Meads||Medicine Administration - Finance||NCURA Annual Meeting|
|Kate Thieda||Adams School of Dentistry Academic Affairs||Student Affairs in Higher Education Certificate (books & application fee)|
|Ruben Watson||University Development||National College Attainment Network|
Winter 2020 Recipients
|Allie Barton||Academic Advising||Professional Master of Science in Digital Curation and Management|
|Joshua Borfitz||Athletics, Business Office||Becker CPA CPE Membership|
|Savannah Bowers||Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center||CRC Certification Exam Fee (Association of Clinical Research Professionals)|
|Michael Clamann||Highway Safety Research||Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics|
|Victoria Doyle||Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center-Computational Medicine||Service Management Foundation ITIL|
|Leslie deRosset||Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute||Professional Grant Proposal Writing Workshop|
|Alicia Freeman||Student Affairs - Student Wellness||NASPA Conference|
|Amy Holway||Student Affairs, Student Conduct||Association of Student Conduct Administrators (ASCA) annual conference and membership|
|Akib Khan||IEED - Innovate Carolina||Salesforce Training - Administrator and App Builder|
|Nadia Korobova||Kenan-Flagler Business School||Conducting Cross Cultural Surveys Course and North Carolina Career Development Association (NCCDA) annual conference "New Beginnings: Going Boldly Forward"
|Laura Pinto-Coelho||Executive Director's Office, Arts||Certificate in Nonprofit Management|
|Judy Prasad||IEED - Kickstart||biotech Primer Online Training|
|Janna Starr||NC Botanical Garden||ISSP Sustainability Associate certification|
|Kristen Simpson||Athletics - Women's Golf||TPI Golf Level 2 Certification|
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Summer 2020 Recipients
|Christy Baldridge||Purchasing Services||Project Management Professional certification exam and PMI membership|
|Catherine Barnes||NC TraCS||Textbooks for Clinical Research and Product Development Graduate Program
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|Liz Crowley||Office of Sponsored Research||2020 Data Matters - Data Science Short Course Series|
|Jay Eason||College of Arts & Sciences||Doctor of Education: Organizational Leadership Higher Education: Dissertation Continuation Course|
|Donna James-Whidbee||Employee & Management Relations||SHRM Membership|
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|Brianna Marini||Med Admin---Human Resources||Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification|
|Adam Shirley||Allied Health Services||Strategic Planning Management 5750-850|
|Jessica Wilkinson||Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise||Basic Economic Development|
Winter 2019 Recipients
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|Amber Lennon-Harmon||Kenan-Flagler Undergraduate Business Program||2019 Annual SoACE Conference, Memphis TN|
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|Laura Mindlin||NC Botanical Garden||Community Food Systems Conference, Savannah GA|
|Tania Osborn||Applied Physical Sciences||SRA: A Walk-Through of NIH Awards with Workshops on Export Controls and NIH Training Grants, Chapel Hill NC|
|Kristen Polzien||Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center||Koru Mindfulness Teacher Certification|
|Elizabeth Pugliese||Psychiatry||Masters of Clinical Mental Health Counseling|
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|Catherine Barnes||NCTraCS||Textbooks for Clinical Research and Product Development Master's Program|
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