GSEU Employees Can Apply Now for Professional Development Funds

Published November 7, 2017

Eligible Graduate Student Employees Union (GSEU) employees can apply now for professional development funds for activity between July 2, 2016 and July 1, 2017 and for activity between July 2, 2017 and July 1, 2018.

Professional Development Program Guidelines

This program is intended to assist eligible teaching assistants and graduate assistants develop their full professional potential or prepare for advancement by funding professional development activities. The maximum award is $1,000.  

The funds cover one project or activity for the period July 2, 2016 to July 1, 2017 and one project or activity for the period July 2, 2017 to July 1, 2018. Eligible employees can apply for one or both of the time periods. Separate applications are required if applying for both time periods.

Review of applications will take into consideration the nature of the professional development project or activity and how it will assist applicants in developing their full professional potential or preparing for advancement.  

Application Deadlines:

December 29, 2017 for the period 7/2/16 - 7/1/17

May 5, 2018 for the period 7/2/17 - 7/1/18

Submit applications to Human Resources in 120 Crofts Hall

Who is Eligible?

To be considered for funds, teaching assistants and graduate assistants must:

  • Be employed full-time or part-time.
  • Be employed for the duration of the project or activity.
  • Have completed a project or activity for the period July 2, 2016 to July 1, 2017 on or before July 1, 2017, or for the period July 2, 2017 to July 1, 2018, complete a project or activity on or before July 1, 2018.
  • Submit a completed Application by the designated deadline.
  • Be employed or matriculated (with an open student account) at the time payment is made.

Types of Eligible Projects Or Activities

Eligible projects or activities must fall within the following categories:

  • Basic, applied or historical research.
  • Curricular or instructional material development.
  • Conference, workshop or seminar attendance.
  • Conference participation, presentation or attendance.
  • Course work or internship not part of earning a degree.
  • Preparation of material for publication.
  • Grant proposal development.
  • Artistic or creative endeavors.
  • Other work-related professional development projects or activities.

Types of Support

Funding may be used for:

  • Tuition for course work at the SUNY rate for the course level, provided the course work is not part of the applicant’s degree program.
  • Registration fees for conference, workshop or seminar attendance.
  • Travel and related expenses (transportation, lodging, and meals subject to New York State Comptroller’s Rules and Regulations regarding travel).

Funds may not be used for:

  • Salaries, stipends or income to compensate the applicant or any other person.
  • Expenses related to a course, internship, project or activity that is part of an applicant’s degree program.
  • Purchasing equipment, software, consumable or non-consumable supplies.

Application Procedure

Submit applications to Human Resources Benefits Group:

  • By December 29, 2017 for the period July 2, 2016 to July 1, 2017.
  • By May 5, 2018 for the period July 2, 2017 to July 1, 2018.
    • Applications received after the deadline cannot be considered.
  • Questions regarding the application process should be directed to:
    UB-IndividualDevelopmentAwards@buffalo.edu

Only complete applications will be considered!

Interested employees can download the application form above. The application must include the following:

  • The type of event, event site and sponsor.
  • A description of the project or activity.
  • How the project or activity will enhance the applicant’s professional development.
  • Itemized expenditures related to the project or activity that conform to the New York State Comptroller's rules and regulations and limitations.
  • Applicant’s role, such as presenting a paper, proposal or formally participating. If presenting a paper or proposal, the title of the paper or proposal and nature of the presentation must be provided.
  • A letter of acceptance of the paper or proposal. If acceptance is pending, notification of acceptance must be provided no later than 14 days prior to the proposed starting date of the project or activity.
  • A brochure, announcement or other relevant documentation describing the project or activity and related costs. If documentation is not yet available, it must be provided no later than 14 days prior to the proposed starting date of the project or activity.
  • A current curriculum vitae (i.e. resume).
  • Supporting documentation or information as requested by the campus committee.

A completed application and all required documentation must be submitted by the application deadline to be considered for funding:

Notification of Awards

  • Applicants for the period of 7/2/16 to 7/1/17 will be notified of award decisions by February 1, 2018.
  • Applicants for the period of 7/2/17 to 7/1/18 will be notified of the award decisions by June 2, 2018.

Contact for Questions

Please email UB-IndividualDevelopmentAwards@buffalo.edu with any questions.