Executive Education Grants

Sponsored by the Center for Professional and Executive Development of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business, academic staff can apply to attend a 1-, 2-, or 3-day course offered by Executive Education. Executive Education Grants are awarded to five academic staff members annually.

To learn more about Executive Education and view course offerings, visit: https://uwcped.org/

2023 Executive Education Program Grant Competition

2023 Executive Education Grant Announcement (PDF)

Online Application

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the eligible date range for courses?

Courses can be taken between January 1, 2024 – June 30, 2024. The course must end no later than June 30, 2024.

Are virtual courses eligible?

Yes, as long as it is the virtual equivalent of a 1-, 2-, or 3-day in-person program. It is possible that some course offerings may only be held virtually. Please see the course listings for more details.

Are there courses that are not eligible?

Yes, the following courses/programs are not eligible:

  • Manager Boot Camp
  • Leadership Beyond Management
  • Transition to Executive Management
  • Chief Information Officer Digital Leadership Program
  • Chief Marketing Officer Leadership Program
  • Coaching Services
  • Consulting Services

I’m a postdoc; am I eligible for these grants?

No. The following individuals are eligible:

  • Academic staff
  • Limited appointees with academic staff backup positions
  • Limited appointees with university staff backup positions
  • Limited appointees with no backup position

The following are examples of those who are ineligible:

  • Postdocs and other employees-in-training
  • Teaching/research assistants
  • Student help
  • University staff
  • Faculty
  • Limited appointees with faculty backup positions
  • Visiting appointees
  • Emeritus faculty and staff

Are there any forms that need to be downloaded and filled out?

All information is directly collected in the online application system, located at https://apps.ohr.wisc.edu/staffdev/.

By what time on the day of the deadline does my application need to be submitted?

Applications must be submitted in the online application system by 11:59pm on the day of the deadline (November 6, 2023).

Which option do I select from the dropdown menu to fill out the application?

Executive Education Course Grant.

What type of PDFs or documents do I need to upload into the application?

There are several PDFs that need to be uploaded.  Save each of the following as individual PDFs:

  • Short CV/resume as it applies to the course; a full CV isn’t necessary
  • Letter of support from your supervisor/colleague
    • An additional letter of support may be added as well, but is optional.

NOTE: If it is not possible for your supervisor/colleague to provide a signed letter of support, you may also provide an email with the letter of support. To do this, save the email as a PDF, and then upload the PDF to the application.

Are there any questions I need to answer in the application?

You will need to give the name and date(s) of the course you are interested in. You will also need to provide information (700 words or less) on how the course will improve your effectiveness in your current position, using specific examples from the course curriculum.

When I go to submit the application, Jake Smith’s name auto-populates as the person to whom the application is routed. Is this correct?

Yes. Jake Smith is the Secretary of the Academic Staff, and his office administers this grant process.

For a PDF of the FAQs, click here.

Have questions?

Contact Lesley Fisher at pdrc@soas.wisc.edu or call 263-1011.