Texas A&M University, in partnership with the Division of Student Affairs (DSA), has committed recurring funds to support professional development in the Division of Student Affairs.
The funding is being allocated to provide staff with additional professional development funds than what they might currently be receiving. It is not meant to fund current opportunities that you normally attend. It is to allow you the opportunity to explore new opportunities to help you grow as a professional to support yourself, department and the Division of Student Affairs. All staff members, including graduate assistants, in the Division of Student Affairs who have already completed six months of service within the DSA by the application deadline are eligible to apply.
Examples of professional development opportunities include but are not limited to conferences, webinars, on-line courses, seminars, workshops, lectures, certifications, and related travel expenses to include airfare, lodging, and meals. The funding is not intended to cover educational expenses such as tuition or books for credit bearing courses.
Staff may apply for events where they have not been confirmed as a participant yet, such as an institute that involves an application process. Funding may be granted, but not transferred until confirmation has been received.
The application can be downloaded, completed and submitted electronically or by hard copy through departmental mail if received by the application deadline.
Fall deadline August 10, 2018 for travel in October, November, December and January
Spring deadline December 7, 2018 for travel in February, March, April and May
Summer deadline April 19, 2019 for travel in June, July, August and September
Applications may be submitted early if trying to capture a lower early bird rate. Please note this on your application if the request otherwise falls outside of the application cycle.
Typical Funding Award
Local/State travel Maximum $2000
National travel Maximum $3000
International Travel Maximum $5000
*Individuals are allowed to receive one professional grant per academic year.
Evaluation of Applications
Applications will be reviewed by a sub-committee of the DSA Staff Development Team. Higher consideration for funding will be given to applications that have a well-articulated Statement of Value/Benefit.