Staff Professional Development Fund

KU employees represented by staff senate (unclassified professional staff and university support staff at Lawrence and Edwards Campuses) are eligible.


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 following 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 or online conferences
  • Online certificates through 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 the 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.

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 the 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 Includes:  

  • supporting documents (e.g., conference brochure, a 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

 Incomplete applications will not be considered. Additional details about required materials are in the application. Your application will be reviewed based on the required materials.

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.

Questions about this application should be directed to: Kim Spencer (, chair of the Staff Senate Professional Development Committee.