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Staff Career Development Grant

The Ohio State University is committed to the professional and career development of staff. This grant provides staff with an opportunity to further their growth and development. Grants of up to $1,000 for individuals and $1,500 for groups of two or more people will be awarded. Grants are awarded for education and training costs related to the applicant’s job and/or career goals.

Examples of what the grant can be used toward, include, but are not limited to:

  • Registration fees for conferences and seminars
  • GED classes
  • Tuition costs for certification or re-certification
  • Books and materials for courses
  • Online workshops or webinars
  • Travel expenses
  • Expenses to provide development opportunities to multiple people, including units, organizations or groups, such as speaker fees, location costs or material costs


Applicants must meet one of the following conditions:

  1. Must be employed as a regular full or part-time Classified Civil Service or Administrative and Professional staff members with at least two continuous years of service with Ohio State.
  2. Former Ohio State University staff member with at least two continuous years of service and currently unemployed due to the elimination of job position within the past year.

Faculty, student employees and staff on temporary appointments are not eligible for this grant.


Applications will be accepted August 3, 2015 – August 31, 2015

Submission deadline is August 31, 2015 at 5:00pm

Grant recipients will be notified the beginning of October 2015

Funding period for when grants can be used is October 2015 – April 2016

Application Process

Submit your completed application via email as an attachement (no more than 5 pages total) to hr-staffgrant@osu.edu by 5:00pm, August 31, 2015.

Selection Criteria

This is a competitive process and all applications are reviewed by a selection committee. Grants are awarded based on available funds and the following:

  • Complete applications, which include required budget information and appropriate documentation
  • Demonstrated benefits to the individual, department/college and/or the university.

A rubric will be used to provide fair rating of applicants based on criteria set in the application. Each application will be reviewed by 2-3 people.

The grant funds must be used for activities that occur during specified funding periods. Grants of up to $1,000 for individuals or $1,500 for groups will be awarded at the discretion of the Staff Career Development Grants selection committee. Applicants who have not previously received a grant are given priority consideration. Retroactive funding is not provided.

The Staff Career Development Grant Program is administered by The Office of Human Resources in partnership with the University Staff Advisory Committee (USAC).