Non-Senate Faculty Professional Development Fund

November 19, 2019


UC Los Angeles Non-Senate Faculty Professional Development Fund

Call for NSF Funding Proposals, 2019-2020

In accordance with Article 9, Section C of the UC-AFT Memorandum of Understanding, the University has established a Professional Development Fund to support the professional growth and pedagogical initiatives of Unit 18 Non-Senate Faculty (NSF) at UCLA. The Non-Senate Faculty Council on Professional Development, a committee of five current Non-Senate Faculty members drawn from diverse academic fields, reviews applications for these funds and recommends awards to the Vice Chancellor of Academic Personnel. All individual NSF are encouraged to apply for funding by the deadline of Friday, January 3, 2020.


Regardless of the type or length of appointment, all NSF covered under the Unit 18 MOU are eligible to request funding to undertake projects that support their professional development, as well as to pursue professional activities that will enhance their overall contributions to the University community. Although the selection committee welcomes applications from past recipients of NSF Development Fund Grants, they may in some cases give preference to newer applicants. For a detailed list of job titles eligible to apply for this funding, visit:

Award Criteria

The committee grants funds to proposals that explain the feasibility of teaching projects that improve pedagogy; that demonstrate the applicant’s substantive participation in a variety of endeavors including, but not limited to, academic conferences, training sessions, academic institutes, research agendas, or other activities that are relevant to the candidate’s discipline and professional development. Proposals should explain how and why such activities contribute to the candidate’s professional development. Candidates should also indicate how their proposals positively impact the greater university community.


Funds awarded in response to this November 2019 call for proposals must be used by June 30, 2020. Successful candidates who receive funding for this period are required at the end of the academic year to submit a brief (500-word) follow-up letter summarizing what the funding enabled them to accomplish. Follow-up letters should be sent to the Office for Academic Personnel by June 30, 2020.

Types of Awards

The following categories and funding levels are intended to represent only the most typical kinds of awards made by the committee. Applicants should feel free to propose other kinds of relevant projects that contribute to their professional development in addition to those listed below.  Choose one Type of Award from below.

Up to $1,000       

To attend an academic conference, workshop, national or regional convention, training session, or other professional meeting that requires travel within the United States.

Up to $1,500      

To attend and deliver a conference paper that requires travel within the United States.

Up to $2,000

To attend and deliver a conference paper that requires travel abroad.

Up to $1,800      

For projects that support innovative curriculum development; computer software not covered by departmental resources; books or research materials related to a scholarly or scientific project; travel to libraries, museums, or other archival institutions for the purpose of research; or to supplement an academic leave taken for the purpose of research.

*Funds can be used to cover professional activities that take place between July 1 2019 and June 30, 2020. This includes events that have already taken place within that window.

Travel Policy Changes

Please note, two newly announced policy changes for travel.  See your department for questions.

Application Process

Applicants should submit their application materials either as an electronic submission (preferable) or in paper form to Jesse Delgado, (310) 825-7293, [email protected], Academic Personnel Office, 3109 Murphy Hall, Box 951407, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1407 (for Campus Mail, use Mail Code 140701).

Application Deadline: Friday, January 3, 2020

Please attach the following:  Send PDF version of Application, Proposal, budget/timetable and CV.

1.   2019-2020 Application form

2.  Proposal:  A detailed description of the project or activity and explain how and why such activities contribute to the candidate’s professional development and also indicate how the proposal positively impacts the greater university community.

3.  Detailed budget and timetable:  Include a list of other sources of support (if any) that will be combined to comprise the funding required.

4.  Curriculum Vitae.



Applications are due to Jesse Delgado in the Academic Personnel Office, 3109 Murphy Hall, 140701.

January 3, 2020


Awards are announced.

March, 2020


If you have questions, please contact the Professional Development Analyst Jesse Delgado (APO) at (310) 825-7293 or [email protected].

Website updated 11/20/2019