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Texas A&M University, in partnership with the Division of Student Affairs (DSA), has committed recurring funds to support professional development in the Division of Student Affairs. During COVID-19, funds will be granted for online professional development opportunities.

Funding allocated to provide staff with additional professional development funds than what they might currently be receiving.  It is not meant to fund current opportunities that you normally attend.  It is to allow you the opportunity to explore new opportunities to help you grow as a professional to support yourself, department and the Division of Student Affairs. All full time permanent employees budgeted at least 50% time in the title of Graduate Assistants up to Directors are eligible to apply. Student workers, RAs, and other student level positions are not eligible. Applicants must have already completed six months of service with the Division of Student Affairs at the time of the application deadline.

Examples of professional development opportunities include but are not limited to online options such as conferences, webinars, courses, seminars, workshops, lectures, and certifications. The funding is not intended to cover educational expenses such as tuition or books for credit bearing courses.

Staff may apply for events where they have not been confirmed as a participant yet, such as an institute that involves an application process. Funding may be granted, but not transferred until confirmation has been received.

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Application Deadline

Fall Deadline
For travel in October, November, December & January

  • August 9, 2019

Spring Deadline
For travel in February, March, April, & May

  • December 6, 2019

Summer Deadline
For online trainings in June, July, August, & September

  • April 24, 2020

Typical Funding Award

  • Local/State travel
    • Maximum $2000
  • National travel
    • Maximum $3000
  • International Travel
    • Maximum $5000

*Individuals are allowed to receive one professional grant per academic year.

Post Activity Review

Once you have attended your professional development event please fill out the activity review form to complete the professional development grant process.

Application Evaluation

Applications will be reviewed by a sub-committee of the Division of Student Affairs Staff Development Team.  Higher consideration for funding will be given to applications that have a well-articulated Statement of Value/Benefit.