Office of the Provost

Faculty Professional Development Fund


  • To provide funds for faculty development.
  • To provide assistance with expenses related to conference travel and professional events in cases where grant funding or other resources are not sufficient.
  • To enhance the reputation of the University of Toledo in the greater research community.

General Information

  • There will be a source of funds available for both fall 2022 and spring 2023; each pool of funds will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • These funds will be awarded primarily for the purpose of supporting travel and costs associated with presentations at conferences and meetings.
  • Funding should be requested as a supplement to department and college funding or after those funds are exhausted.
  • There is a limit of $500 (exceptions may be allowed for up to $750, but only in very limited cases with exceptional rationale).
  • Funding will be awarded once per fiscal year, per faculty member.
  • Applications and materials must be received at least 30 days prior to travel.

Selection Criteria

  • Title or faculty rank (priority given to supporting tenure-track junior faculty)
  • Importance and quality of event; benefit to recipient and to UToledo
  • Active participation in meeting or conference (talk or poster presentation)
  • Availability of sufficient supporting funds from other sources

Application Requirements

Apply via the online application with the required information:

  • A description of the professional development opportunity and how this opportunity aligns with the purpose of the award as described above.
  • If you are requesting funds to support a presentation at a conference or meeting, you must include a copy of your acceptance letter or email.
  • An expense budget for the opportunity highlighting the dollar amount you are requesting to be funded; other sources of support, including funds from department and/or college, should also be noted.  Note if you have already exhausted your department and college funding.

Application Process 

  • Complete and submit the  online application with all required information.
  • Incomplete applications will be returned without consideration.
  • Committee will review requests as they are received, and will normally respond with a decision once per month.
Last Updated: 9/12/22