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Staff Professional Development Fund

The SLA Dean’s Office will provide funds to support staff professional development opportunities. Complete application instructions are listed below. Applicants may only receive one award per calendar year.


Applications will be accepted twice a year:

  • August 1 for training opportunities in the spring semester 
  • March 1 for training opportunities in the summer and fall semesters

Applications will not be accepted or approved once training has begun or been completed.

Application Process

Individuals should complete the web application form below that requires the following:

  1. A brief statement describing the impact of the training on their professional development.
  2. A clear budget that includes airfare/baggage fees, hotel stay, transportation, registration, and per diem. For national rates, please consult the U.S. General Services Administration website.
  3. Most current performance evaluation.

Applications and attachments should be submitted using the online webform no later than the due date.

Awards will be announced approximately two to three weeks after proposals are due.

Any questions regarding the SLA Staff Professional Development Fund can be directed to Ava L'Herisse (

Use four digits for year.
Please upload a single PDF document including your current performance evaluation and your proposed budget.
Files must be less than 5 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf.
Please provide a brief explanation (500 words or less) of the anticipated professional development benefits the training will provide. By receiving this money, recipients will be expected to write a report on the use and impact of the funds.
Provide: (1) funding amount; (2) duration (mm/yy - mm/yy); (3) travel budget