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Professional Development Grants

APSAC applications for professional development grants accepted in February and September each year.

Examples of funded grant applications include but are not limited to professional education or certification; attendance at lectures, conferences and seminars; or tuition assistance for academic classes. The maximum award amount is $750.  Applications for spring grants will be considered for activities occurring from January 1 to December 31, and applications for fall grants July 1 to June 30.

The application process will be completed online, and the deadline is 11:59 p.m. March 1 for spring grants; 11:59 p.m. October 1 for fall grants. In the event the deadline falls on a weekend, the deadline becomes the following Monday at 11:59 p.m.

Application Requirements
The online application requires:

  • Applicant information, including current job title and responsibilities
  • Activity information, including date(s) and location
  • Estimated funding information
  • Description or list of anticipated activity expenditures
  • Ddescription of how the activity will enhance your professional development
  • Supervisor contact information
  • Applicant electronic signature (typing your name in the identified space is the electronic equivalent of a hand-written signature)
  • Incomplete or late applications will not be considered
  • Applications will be confidential and submission does not guarantee funding


  • A/P staff of .50 FTE or greater may receive an APSAC grant once every three years
  • Grants may fund a single event or supplement course work over a one-year period
  • The recipient must be a Purdue employee at the time of the development activity and reimbursement
  • Applicants must work on the West Lafayette campus or an affiliated extension office. Regional campus employees are not eligible
  • Costs incurred during the one-year grant period are eligible
  • Spring grant is for professional development activity from January 1 to December 31
  • Fall grant is for professional development activity from July 1 to June 30
  • A maximum of two employees per department may receive funding for the same development activity. The applications must be submitted separately
  • APSAC members are not eligible

Review and Submission Process

Each eligible application is reviewed by the Professional Development Subcommittee.  Please see the Grant Review Process for additional details.

A letter of notification will be sent to all applicants approximately six weeks after the grant application deadline. Information regarding how to request your reimbursement will be provided in this letter.  Award recipient notifications will also go to the awardee's supervisor.

Questions regarding the application process may be addressed to the subcommittee at APSAC-PD@purdue.edu.

Expense Reimbursement
Grant recipients must request reimbursement by either:

  • Completing sections A and C of the Payee Certification form (link below) and submit with applicable invoices and receipts, or
  • By working with your business office to complete an expense report in Concur with applicable receipts if travel was involved or if your department is reimbursing any expenses.

Spring reimbursement requests may be submitted beginning July 1 and must be used by January 1.
Fall reimbursement requests may be submitted beginning January 1 and must be used by July 1.

The maximum grant is $750. The APSAC Professional Development subcommittee reserves the right to adjust award amounts to accommodate a larger number of qualified applicants. Taxes on expenses will not be reimbursed. It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify with the tax accountant in Accounting Services whether the grant is taxable income. (765.494.7921 or e-mail tax@purdue.edu)

Payee certification form (for reimbursement)

  • Complete Section A
  • Sign Section C

Questions regarding expense reimbursement may be addressed to Carrie Hanson 765-494-7397.