GSEU Employees Can Apply Now for Professional Development Funds

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Published April 1, 2021

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Eligible Graduate Student Employees Union (GSEU) employees can apply now for professional development funds for activity between July 2, 2020 and July 1, 2021.

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. Eligible employees can apply.

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 Deadline:

May 7, 2021


Submit applications to Human Resources via email at UB-IndividualDevelopmentAwards@buffalo.edu

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, 2020 to July 1, 2021.
  • 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 (not related to dissertation).
  • Curricular or instructional material development.
  • Conference, workshop or seminar attendance.
  • Conference participation (e.g. presiding, presenting).
  • 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 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 will be notified of the award decisions in June 2021.

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