Academic Staff Professional Development Program Sponsorship Fund

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The Professional Development Program Sponsorship Fund offers one-time grants of up to $5000 for on-campus or local professional development activities which are sponsored by UW-Madison and are intended to benefit multi-unit groups of UW-Madison academic staff.  In keeping with existing UW System funding guidelines, requests for Professional Development  Program Sponsorship Funds may not exceed half the total cost of the professional development activity, up to a maximum award of $5000. Professional development program planners are expected to identify matching funds or revenue sources for at least half of the overall cost of the activity.

The Academic Staff Professional Development Program Sponsorship has the following objectives:

  • Provide additional financial support for academic staff professional development activities;
  • Promote cross-campus collaboration among academic staff;
  • Create efficiencies and leverage resources to benefit groups of UW-Madison academic staff;
  • To provide a mechanism for formal and informal groups of UW-Madison academic staff to create customized professional development experiences outside of typical constructs; and
  • Respond to changing professional development needs and delivery mechanisms

Applications to the Academic Staff Professional Development Program Sponsorship Fund should use the same application form and deadlines as the Academic Staff Professional Development Grants.

Spring 2015 Academic Staff Professional Development Grants – RFP for Fall 2015 activities. Activities have to begin between July 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.

Application Information

  • Request for Proposals (PDF)
  • Grants Program Overview (PDF)
  • Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
  • “Writing a Successful Professional Development Grant” presentation – two informational Brown Bag Lunches will be offered:
    –    Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 12:00-1:00 pm, Union South
    –    Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 12:00-1:00 pm, 1345 HSLC
  • View Brown Bag Presentation (PPT)
  • Online Submission System:
  • View Past PD Grant Submissions (Examples include only narratives and budgets, not attachments)
    Example 1 (Updated 02/2015)
    Example 2 (Updated 02/2015)


  • March 20, 2015 – Online Proposal Submitted Electronically to department chair/unit head
  • March 27, 2015 – Department chairs and unit heads electronically approve proposals
  • April 10, 2015 – School/College/Division Dean/Director electronically approves proposal
  • April 10, 2015 – School/College/Division Dean/Director emails ranked list of applications to the Secretary of the Academic Staff (if applicable)
  • The date for the announcement of the grants is the week of May 18, 2015

Proposal Evaluation

Proposal criteria includes: relevance and justification of activity; use and impact; program and university benefits; and overall quality of application. A sample scoring sheet is available here: Scoring Sheet

Professional Development Grant Report

  • Outline of Professional Development Grant Report (DOC)
  • Reports for Fall 2014 Academic Staff Professional Development Grants are due July 31, 2015
  • Reports for Spring 2015 Academic Staff Professional Development Grants are due January 31, 2016

Questions? Contact Jake Smith, Office of the Secretary of the Academic Staff, 263-2985,

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