Special Events

Special Events

Staff Career Development Grants

Application Process

The Staff Career Development Grant Program is administered by the Office of Human Resources, with cooperation from the University Staff Advisory Committee (USAC). The program disburses grants annually, from the interest proceeds of the Staff Career Development Fund (#605428) made possible through the generous donations made by faculty and staff to the Campus Campaign. This fund provides financial support to university staff pursuing career and professional development. The application can be found here

In the spring of 2013, university leadership agreed to utilize proceeds from the lease of parking operations to augment funding for the Staff Career Development Program to $75,000, allowing participants to apply for grants up to $1,000 for individuals and $1,500 for group activities. Applications for the grant may be submitted during October and April.

Grants are awarded for education and training costs related to the applicant's job and/or career goals. Registration fees, fees for conferences and seminars, tuition for re-training, books, transportation costs, childcare expenses, and job search/outplacement expenses are examples of some of the appropriate uses of the grant. It is a reimbursement grant therefore no funds can be given in advance of approved activities.


An applicant 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 member with at least two continuous years of service with Ohio State.
    (Grants for part-time employees will be pro-rated on the basis of their full-time equivalence.)
  2. Former Ohio State University staff member with at least two continuous years of university service and currently unemployed due to the elimination of job position.

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


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

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

The grant funds must be used for activities that occur during specified funding periods.. Grants of up to $1,000 for individuals/$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.


Submit one copy of your completed application to Staff Career Development Grants Program, Office of Human Resources, Suite 300, 1590 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43201-2190, or via email to staffgrant@hr.osu.edu. Questions about this program should be directed to Michele Bondurant at bondurant.11@osu.edu or 614-292-4341. Grant recipients will be notified by email.


Application Deadline, 5:00 P.M.: October 31 April 30
Notification of Grant Recipients: mid-December mid-June
Funding Period: January 1 – September 30 October 1 - March 31

2013 Staff Career Development Grant Recepients

2014 Staff Career Development Grant January Recipients