Non-Senate Faculty Professional Development Fund (NSF PDF)

Annual CALL for grant applications for funding from the Non-Senate Faculty Professional Development Fund (NSF PDF)

In accordance with our contract between the University of California and the UC-AFT, funding is available to support professional development activities that contribute to pedagogical expertise in the subjects you teach at UCSC. Any Unit 18 Member who will be teaching at least one course during the current academic year and at least one course during the next academic year is eligible to apply. These funds may be used for professional meetings, conferences, workshops, to purchase software, special materials, and more. Some previously funded activities from the NSF PDF include:

  • attendance at the UC Council of Writing Programs Annual Conference
  • participation in the Middlebury Institute's Program for International Development and Social Change
  • analysis of gas in the sediments of the Elkhorn Slough: seismic surveys and coring
  • attendance at the International Congress of the Hispanic Association of Humantities, Carlos III de Madrid University
  • attendance at the Prague Bass Convention
  • Foreign Languages in the Digital Humanities travel grant
  • a photovoice project with Syrian Refugee Children
  • Supermassive Black Hole Conference travel grant

There are two types of grant opportunities available: Small Grants (requests for less than $750.00) and Large Grants (requests for $750.00 or more). Small grants are approved throughout the academic year on an ongoing basis (i.e., you can apply for small grants any time during the academic year); large grant applications are reviewed once per year in April. The APPLICATION DEADLINE for large grants is midnight on the first Friday in April.

Funding is recommended to the university administraton by fellow lecturerrs on the Non-Senate Faculty Professional Development Fund council. The grants are competitive; the pool is funded by UCSC at ~$34,000 per year, and unused funds are rolled over into the next year. Guidelines and an application form are available below and on the UC-AFT website.

For further information, contact members of the NSF Council on Professional Development. We will be glad to help you understand the grants and the application process.