Professional Development Fund: Frequently Asked Questions

The Staff Development Grant is intended to

  • provide specific career development opportunities for individuals and groups.
  • provide opportunities for innovation, efficiencies, and collaboration between units, departments and campuses.
  • provide career development and creative problem-solving opportunities that are in line with the university mission of open discourse, reflective learning, active participation in our community and service for others.

Grant funds may only be used on expenses that align with your current role, the function of your current office or department, or with your overall career path. The types of expenses covered are:

  • Travel expenses
  • Online workshops and webinars
  • Registration for conferences/seminars
  • Costs for certification/recertification (where departmental funding is not available)
  • Books and materials for courses where TAP Benefits are not being used (grant funds are not intended to be supplemental to TAP benefits)
  • Expenses for group event including speaker fees, location or material costs
  • Expenses that otherwise would not be eligible for TAP Benefits

To be eligible for professional development funds you must meet the following criteria:

  • Successfully completed at least two years of continuous service at Georgetown as of the start of the application period. Time served as a temporary or contract employee does not apply
  • Currently hold a staff or Academic and Administrative Professional position at least 50% FTE and are not faculty, professional librarians, temporary or casual labor, cabinet level, senior level executive or members of the President’s Executive Committee
  • Be in good standing with the University, with no active disciplinary actions

Applications are reviewed by the Professional Development Fund Review Committee (“Committee”). The Committee shall determine eligibility and make selection recommendations to the Department of Human Resources who shall select award recipients. 

  • No supervisor signature (an email exchange between you and your supervisor in which s/he explicitly approves your application may be used as a substitute for signature)
  • Failure to attach a current position description
  • Less than 2 years of continuous service as a regular or term employee as of the application period start date
  • Professional development activity will occur outside of the grant award period covered by the current application period
  • Proposed activity is related to a program for which you are receiving TAP benefits (ie, travel associated with your MBA program)
  • Proposed activity is TAP eligible (regardless of whether the applicant is currently TAP eligible)