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University of Utah Staff Council Professional Development Awards are intended to support and encourage continuing professional education and training for all university staff.



  • The applicant must be currently employed at 75% or above Full-Time Equivalency (FTE) in a benefits-eligible position at the University of Utah and have held a consistent position at this level for at least two (2) consecutive years.
  • The applicant may not have received a Staff Council Award within the past two years.
  • The applicant may not be a current Staff Council Member.

Awards Criteria and Allowable Expenses

All awards are intended to support staff aiming to further their professional development while contributing to the University of Utah’s Strategic Priorities. Staff Awards applicants must clearly designate how the selected professional development will enable the awardee to support the University’s Strategic Priorities. All awards are funded as reimbursement for funds spent and must provide accompanying receipts.

You may apply for personal expenses not covered by department reimbursement relating to of any of these expenses. These funds cover "out of pocket" expenses for staff, and are not intended to reimburse departments for funding professional development activities. Each award may be up to $500. Awards may be used for:

  • Course/class tuition
  • Event or registration fees for professional training, symposia, conferences, workshops, webinars, etc.
  • Travel, airfare, rental car, rail, bus, Uber/Lyft, taxis
  • Lodging
  • Mileage reimbursement for private vehicle travel ($0.17 per mile)
  • Materials related to courses, classes, workshops, seminars, webinars, symposia, conferences etc.
  • Professional Association fees and memberships

Unallowable Expenses

Awards may only be used for the recipient for the purpose intended as defined in the application. Staff Professional Development Awards are not transferable to other individuals or opportunities (not indicated in the application).

 Anticipated Number of Awards

The number of annual awards is determined by available funding.

Application Review Cycles 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed three times per year. Review dates are September 15th, January 30th and April 15th.

Award Notification Dates

Award grantees will be notified within 30 days of the review date.

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