Program Overview

The Professional Development Fund is money the University has reserved for the professional development of staff and Academic and Administrative Professionals (AAPs). The program will fund competitively awarded grants of up to $1,250 for individuals or up to $2,000 for groups. The granted funds will provide for professional development opportunities that are not covered by the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) or budgeted departmental funds.

Application Schedule

Grants will be awarded for professional development activities to be completed in the two halves of the fiscal year. The application timeiline for each period is as follows:

  • FALL/WINTER (July 1 - December 31)
    • March 1 - April 15: applications accepted 
    • May 15: applicants notified of decisions
  • SPRING/SUMMER (January 1 - June 30)
    • July 1 - September 30: applications accepted
    • November 1: applicants notified of decisions


Application Proces

Complete the Proposal Overview and attach it to the Professional Development Fund: Grant Application.
(You will need to log in with your Georgetown University email address and password.)

Submit the application by the deadlines listed above.

All applications are reviewed by a selection committee consisting of members of the Staff/AAP Advisory Council and the Department of Human Resources. 

The committee will review each application using the criteria outlined in this rubric. All applicants are encouraged to review the the rubric prior to submission.

Program Eligibility

To be eligible for a professional develolpment grant, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete at least two (2) years of continuous service at Georgetown University as the start of the application period 
  • Hold a staff or AAP position with at least 50% FTE
  • Be in good standing with Georgetown University, with no active disciplinary actions
  • Hold a position which does not fall into any of the following categories: faculty, professional librarian, temporary employee, cabinet level, Senior Level Executive, or member of the President’s Executive Committee

Grant Usage

Granted funds may only be used for expenses that align with the applicants' current roles, the functions of their current departments, or their overall career paths. Types of covered expenses include:

  • Travel expenses
  • Online workshops and webinars fees
  • Registration fees for conferences/seminars
  • Costs for certification/recertification (where departmental funding is not available)
  • Books and course materials for which TAP benefits are not being used (grants are not intended to supplement TAP benefits)
  • Expenses for group events including speaker fees, location rentals, or material costs