Professional Development Award

Overview

The Office of Diversity Programs Professional Development Award was established to support graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at UVA by providing funds for activities related to their career development for which funds may not exist. Potential uses of the funds include workshops, short courses, research supplies and or activities, research travel, conference attendance and any other reasonable activity the student deems necessary for their professional development as they prepare for career after the successful completion of their tenure at UVA. Click here to download a pdf flyer with additional information.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this award an applicant must be:

  1. A UVA graduate or professional student enrolled full time in a degree seeking program and in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 at the time of submission and the time of use of the funds.
  2. A UVA postdoctoral scholar/research associate. 
Award Information and Disbursement

Award(s) with a maximum value of $1,000 each will be issued.

Awarded funds will be disbursed in the form of a reimbursement after proof of purchase of approved activity, or arrangements can be made by a staff member in the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs to issue a payment made directly to the vendor on your behalf for the approved activity.

Receipts must include the payment method used, the total amount paid, and a zero balance. Credit card statements, screen shots, online banking screens, and reservation confirmations will not be accepted as receipts. All expenses submitted for reimbursement must be directly related to participation in the proposed activity. All receipts are subject to review and approval by the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs fiscal tech.

If a student receives the Professional Development Award and the full amount of the funds are not utilized, all unused funds will remain with the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, Diversity Programs.

Please be aware that all awardees are asked to adhere to university travel polices. To view the current policy please visit https://travelandexpense.procurement.virginia.edu/traveluva/travel-and-coronavirus-covid-19.

Components of Professional Development Award Application Packet

Please complete an online application at the following website, https://bit.ly/uvadpopdaward

All Professional Development Award packets must include:

  1. A cover sheet with the following information- Applicant’s Name, Email, Program/Department, School, Degree Program, Number of Years at UVA, name of Reference Writer.
  2. Two-page CV or Resume.
  3. A 500-word description of the event, including dates and locations. If possible, applicants should also submit a brochure, print-out or other promotional material for the activity.
  4. A 1000-word essay describing your career goals, the importance of the opportunity relative to your academic field of study, and how the proposed activity aligns and will contribute to your degree program and professional development.
  5. A completed budget template with justification for proposed activity. We ask that all applicants list external funding sources, both potential and acquired from sources such as a faculty member, program, department, school, fellowship or personal, that will supplement the funding request.
  6. Please have a UVA faculty or staff member from your department submit in a letter of support to uvagraddiversity@virginia.edu by the March 4th application deadline.  A staff member from the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, Diversity Programs will provide a follow-up email to the applicant and UVA faculty/staff member upon receipt of confirmation of the letter of support. All letter of recommendation received after the deadline will result in ineligibility for the applicant.

Letters of support from UVA Faculty or staff should include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Confirm that the applicant is making satisfactory academic progress.
  • Discuss how the proposed opportunity will complement the degree program and contribute to the professional career preparedness of the applicant.

All applications for the Professional Development Award will be reviewed by a selection committee.

 

Examples of Qualifying Use of the Professional Development Award

Award funds may be applied to activities such as workshops; short courses; research supplies, data collection/field work travel, and activities not covered by your department or research advisor; conference registration and participation expenses, such as hotel and meals only affiliated with the conference; any other reasonable activity that complements your current degree program and supports their professional and career objectives.

Examples of expenses not eligible for reimbursement include:

  • Academic work for credit; living expenses
  • Research activities, software, trainings, or certifications that can be provided by the UVA school, department, and/or research advisor
  • Leisure and/or recreational activities

Awardees are asked to adhere to university travel polices.  To view the current policy please visit https://travelandexpense.procurement.virginia.edu/traveluva/travel-and-coronavirus-covid-19.

 

Post-Award Activity

All awardees will be asked to complete an online survey with open-ended, reflection questions about your experience, photos of recipients engaged in the awarded professional development activity, and links to videos may also be submitted.  All post-award survey submissions are asked to be sent in within one month after completing your activity and your responses will be shared with the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs.

Deadline

The application deadline for the Diversity Programs Professional Development Award is Friday, March 3, 2023.  All funds awarded must be used before May 1, 2024. Recipients will be announced during the month of April.

Past Award Recipients

Spring 2021 Award Recipients 

Winnie Pérez Martínez
Doctoral Student, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese
University of Virginia, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences  
Biography

Bev Miller
Doctoral Student, Chemical Engineering
University of Virginia, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Biography

Wendy Smith
Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in the New Curriculum
Biography

Abigail Akosua Amoako Kayser
Postdoctoral Research Associate
University of Virginia, Graduate School of Education and Human Development
Biography

Seanna Viechweg
Doctoral Student, English
University of Virginia, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Biography

Spring 2020 Award Recipients 

Andrea Negrete
Doctoral Student, Community Psychology
University of Virginia, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences  
Biography

Ariana J. Rivens
Doctoral Student, Clinical Psychology
University of Virginia, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Biography

Spring 2019 Award Recipients 

Alexander Sutton
Doctoral Student, Sociology
University of Virginia, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences  

Tracey Stewart
Doctoral Student, Music
University of Virginia, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences  

Darius Carter
Doctoral Student, Mechanical Engineering
University of Virginia, School of Engineering and Applied Science

Fall 2018 Award Recipients 

Lola "Lollie" Akere
J.D. Candidate, Class of 2019
University of Virginia, School of Law

Trina K. Kumodzi, BSN, RN, CCRN
PhD Student 
Jonas Scholar 
University of Virginia, School of Nursing 

Patrice Wright
Sociology PhD Student 
University of Virginia, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences 

Chiquita Melvin 
M.F.A. Candidate, Class of 2019 
University of Virginia, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences