The University of Massachusetts Amherst

SBS Staff Professional Development Grant

These grants are open to all full-time staff within SBS and are intended to provide professional development opportunities not otherwise available through existing units. Opportunities may include conference attendance, trainings, webinars, bringing in outside speakers or trainers, and other forms of professional development. We anticipate at least ten grant recipients per year, of up to $1,000 each from SBS, to be matched 1:1 by departments, for a total maximum grant of $2,000 per person or group. Departments that provide staff with professional development funds can redeploy those funds towards the departmental match.
Grant Eligibility
SBS staff can apply two times per year, once in the fall and once in the spring. Because of the departmental match, the department chair must endorse the proposal. The principal criterion is the contribution of the proposed activity to the staff member’s or group’s professional development. Preference will be given to first-time grant recipients.
Grant Timeline
The yearly deadlines for applications are mid-October and late March. The upcoming deadline is October 15, 2021.
Application Criteria
Applications must include the applicant's Short CV and a Proposal Narrative and Budget. Effective proposal narratives and budgets should address the goal for the grant, with any appropriate details connected to the staff and/or group members’ professional development. Proposal narratives and budgets should include any bibliographic references, as necessary.
Personal Information
Project Information
Conference attendance; Training/Webinar; Outside speaker/trainer; Other
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