Career Development Fund for Staff

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Award Announcement 5/19/23

All 700+ applications have been reviewed, fund recipients have been selected and notification emails are being sent starting today. 

Your Applications Made an Impact!

Your collective passion for career growth, as expressed by your applications, highlighted the immense need for financial support in career development among our staff members. Plans are in the works to expand funding for the 2024 award cycle. Look for more information in the fall!

Application Review Update 3/15/23

The review committee is in the process of carefully evaluating each application. Due to a large number of applications, the committee anticipates individual staff and teams will be notified of their application status by early May 2023. Funds will not be available for disbursement until after every applicant has been notified. 

  • The application period for "year one" of the Career Development Fund for Staff closed on January 30. Staff who are selected to receive funds will be notified in the spring. 
  • The "year two" application period will open this fall.
  • The fund will be available each of the next four years for a total of five years.
  • UPDATED 3/15/23: Grants are considered for expenses incurred in the current fiscal year (July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023) and up to one year from the award date (expected in May 2023).

The Career Development Fund for Staff is here to help facilitate your learning, growth, and collaboration. The fund is an opportunity for staff and work teams at every academic campus and Michigan Medicine to request financial grants for career growth.  

$1 Million Boost for Staff Learning

The new Career Development Fund for Staff will receive $200,000 in annual funding from the Office of the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer with an initial commitment of five years. The fund is administered by University Human Resources in partnership with the Voices of the Staff program. 

Evolution of a Voices of the Staff Initiative

The Career Development Fund for Staff builds on the Voices of the Staff Career Development Fund. The idea for the Voices fund came from Voices of the Staff alumni when asked to develop ways to celebrate the university's bicentennial. 

Up to $1,500 Individual and $5,000 Team Grants

The fund supports staff in enhancing their professional experience at the university by offering grants of up to $1,500 for individuals and up to $5,000 for work teams to fund a wide range of learning opportunities.

Apply for Your Grant by January 30, 2023!

Questions? Contact U-M Staff Career Development Fund.