Governing Body for Staff at the University of Kansas

Staff Professional Development Fund 
KU employees represented by Staff Senate (Unclassified Professional Staff and University Support Staff at Lawrence and Edwards Campuses) are eligible

CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Deadline: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Applications will be reviewed around the 20th of each month. You can expect to hear about your application by the beginning of the next month.

Appropriate uses of this fund:All staff represented by Staff Senate can apply to receive funding for professional development. Here are some examples of opportunities funded in the past: 

  • Conferences, workshops, and seminars, both on and off campus, including registration fees and travel expenses (priority will be given to applicants presenting at conferences as opposed to solely attending) 
  • Funding for special projects such as research and publication, related to your current position
  • Webinars
  • Online certificates through the LinkedIn with Lynda classes

Other professional development opportunities will be reviewed; however, tuition and fees for an on-campus or online course, memberships, journals/books, and computer software/hardware expenses are not eligible for this fund.

Eligibility Requirements

- KU employees represented by Staff Senate (Unclassified Professional Staff and University Support Staff at the Lawrence and Edwards Campuses are eligible).  This includes individuals appointed to a regular position, both full-time and part-time. Status is determined at the time of the submitted application. 

- Employees must have been employed by KU for at least 6 months in a staff capacity by the time of application

- Individuals with temporary appointments, as well as those on leave during time of travel, are not eligible. 

- Preference will be given to first-time applicants; past award winners are ineligible for 1 year.  

Award Size: Awards range in size, with the maximum amount per award set at $500.00.

If funding is awarded to travel to an event, recipients will be required to complete necessary KU travel forms prior to travel. This account uses endowment funds; the awardee must follow the General Travel Information and state guidelines for travel.

Awardees will work with their department or Shared Service Center and University Governance on reimbursement. There will be no retroactive awards; funding cannot be provided if activity has already passed and expenses have been paid. 

This funding is meant to complement departmental funding. All applicants must ask their respective departments for funds, but are not required to secure them to be considered for Staff Senate reimbursement. Staff who are also graduate students must note whether they are eligible to receive funding from Graduate Studies’ Graduate Student Paper Presentation fund. 

A completed application consists of:  

  • written proposal, 
  • expenditure worksheet - sample expenditure worksheet
  • supporting documents (e.g., conference brochure, timeline of travel, information on registration fees, airfare, hotel rates, shuttle/taxi service, parking, meals, etc.), and 
  • letter of support from supervisor (sent directly from supervisor to staffsenate@ku.edu).

 Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Applications will be reviewed around the 20th of each month. You can expect to hear about your application by the beginning of the next month.

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Written Report: Awardees must submit a brief written report summarizing the activity within 30 days of completing the activity/program. After receiving the report, the committee may invite awardees to present at a Staff Senate meeting to share what they learned from the development opportunity.nbsp;

Questions about this application should be directed to: Abby Ehling, Chair of the Staff Senate Professional Development Committee - aehling@ku.edu


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