Staff Professional Development Funds

At Ohio State, you can combine opportunities and resources to create professional development that works for you. Staff Professional Development Funds (previously the Staff and Manager Career Development Grants) provide a way to identify development opportunities, request funding and expand your skills.

In partnership with the University Staff Advisory Committee (USAC), Human Resources offers the funds to staff who are interested in pursuing professional development over the next year.

Application and Funding Timeline

Applications for fiscal year 2025 closed on May 31, 2024. Awarded funds are available for use July 1, 2024, through June 30, 2025.

Funding Use

Staff Professional Development Funds can be used to cover any number of activities. Only an interest in development is needed to apply. You do not need to specify a specific course, program or use when applying for the funds.

Departments should use their discretion as to what defines professional development activities. All Ohio State-sponsored training is approved, including undergraduate, graduate, or professional course books or fees, MAPS courses, and/or the Staff Leadership Series. Other activities could include workshops, seminars, conference registration, travel, professional organization fees/membership, books, and/or educational/professional software.


You can select the amount you are requesting on the application. Each year there is a finite amount of funds available and as many eligible applications as possible will be funded.

  • Individuals can request up to $1,000.
  • Groups of two or more people can request up to $2,250.


All university and Ohio State Wexner Medical Center staff who have been employed at least one consecutive year as of the application close date (May 31, 2024) with at least a 0.75 FTE status are eligible to apply. Faculty and students are not eligible. Recipients of professional development funds are only eligible to receive funds every three years and eligibility will be confirmed prior to funding decisions.


  • Applications for fiscal year 2025 closed on May 31, 2024.
  • USAC will review completed applications to screen for eligibility.
  • Recipients will be selected by a random drawing.
  • Applicants will be notified of funding decisions by mid-June 2024.
  • If awarded, recipients have 30 days to provide Workday worktag information (financial account), which should be gathered from award recipients in partnership with their fiscal team.
  • Upon receipt of that information, requested grant funds will be transferred to the recipient’s department, and the recipient will work with their fiscal team to use the funds by June 30, 2025.

Examples of Approved and Unapproved Development


Awards received will follow all applicable tax guidelines and may be subject to taxation based on how the funds are utilized for professional development. Below are some taxable and nontaxable examples. However, this is not an all-inclusive list. If you have questions or concerns regarding the tax implications, reach out to for further assistance.


  • Professional development for current job
  • Map courses.
  • Professional conference registrations/Fees
  • Seminars, workshops, etc
  • Professional organization membership/fees for current position
  • Invited speaker fees.


  • Professional development to develop for new career.
  • Tuition related to undergraduate, graduate, or professional course work (Ohio state or other institutions) that is not covered by Ohio states tuition assistance.
  • Books, fees for college courses
  • Career coaching
  • Anything not related to current position.