The goals of the Professional Development Grant program (PDG) of the Bloomington Staff Council (BSC) are to:
- Contribute to the professional development of all staff members.
- Support continuing and advanced education and skill development for all staff members.
- Encourage collaboration among staff members within the IUB community.
- Increase networking opportunities for staff members within the IUB community.
- Enhance professional advancement potential.
- Ease the financial burden of professional development events and activities for staff members.
- Demonstrate the value staff members add to the IUB community.
- Promote increased visibility of the staff and of the variety of professional responsibilities at IUB.
- Reward unique contributions to the staff and to the IUB community.
Each proposal must include the responses to following items:
Apply nowProvide a letter of support from a supervisor. Your supervisor must send this letter directly to the IUBPC at firstname.lastname@example.org or send a hard copy via campus mail to the IUBPC office in Poplars 822.
- Professional development grant application (pages 2-3 of this web form).
- Description of the opportunity (250 word limit).
- Explanation for attending (250 word limit).
- Applicant job description (250 word limit) and resume/CV (to be uploaded).
- Letter of support from the applicant’s supervisor.
The proposals most likely to be selected by the committee and awarded with funding will demonstrate any, many, or all of the following:
- Thoughtful and understandable descriptions of the professional development event/activity and the organization offering the event/activity (such as attending a training or workshop, presenting at a conference, recruiting, etc).
- A staff member’s representation of the staff, and of IUB, to an outside constituency, networking and/or collaboration opportunities (both within and outside of the IUB community).
- Clear and convincing explanation of the value and rewards the professional development activity will provide to candidate, candidate’s current Department/Unit, IUB.
- An impactful follow-up ‘contribution’ to the IUB community (such as an workshop/presentation, brown bag lunch discussion, collection of an artifact, demonstration, etc).
- Alignment with the goals, directions, strategies, and missions of the President and/or Provost.
- Strong writing/communication skills in a professional-looking proposal.
- A unique request or a unique event/activity (with a strong rationale/description behind it).
- Willing support and solid justification from a supervisor.
- Evidence of additional funding source(s), and/or demonstrated effort to secure additional funding (PDG funding would ideally supplement funding from additional sources rather than be the sole source of funding to support a professional development opportunity).
Completed grant applications (with the exception of the letter of support/recommendation from a supervisor, which should be sent by the supervisor directly to the BSC office) will be accepted at any time, but must be completed online no later than 5:00 p.m. EST by each deadline:
|Grant Award Cycle||Professional Development Opportunity||Deadline to Apply||Applicant Notification||Funds Transfer On/After|
|1||July - October||June 1||June 15||July 1|
|2||November - February||October 1||October 15||November 1|
|3||March - June||February 1||February 15||March 1|
Example: If the professional development opportunity takes place in January, the applicant should submit grant application materials by the October 1 deadline. The applicant will hear back regarding their application status by October 15 and funds will be transferred on/after November 1.
Each grant awardee will provide:
- Digital photograph for inclusion on the BSC PDG web page.
- Presentation or 1 page maximum essay/letter/journal response to the professional development activity to later be shared with the council and/or inclusion on the BSC PDG website.