CUPFA Grants


Professional Development Grants

Members can apply for up to a maximum $6000 in funding for research and training activities under Professional Development Grants. The categories for Professional Development Grants are as follows:

– Conference Attendance
– Conference Presentation
– Workshop/Training
– Preparation of Art/CD
– Research
– Preparation of Manuscript
– Other

To be eligible for Professional Development grants members must have 18 seniority credits or more as of the current seniority list posted under ‘Part-time faculty positions’ on the Employee Services section of the Concordia Portal (

In accordance with the University’s Conflict of Interest Policy, members must disclose when they are hiring a Related Party, provide a written justification that outlines the Related Party’s qualifications and convey any financial benefit to the overall cost of the project. ‘Related Party’ means a Member’s immediate family member (spouse, child, parent or sibling), or other person living in the same household, or any other person with whom the Member shares a financial interest, either directly or indirectly.

Deadlines for Professional Development Grants

April 01
October 15
January 15

Applications must be submitted by 3 p.m. EST

If the deadline falls on a weekend, the date of application will be extended to 3 p.m. EST the following Monday.

Make sure you read the Professional Development Guidelines carefully to ensure your project and related expenses are eligible.

Members can apply for Professional Development grants electronically by sending your submissions to the following dedicated email address:

When submitting your application electronically all of your files must be compiled in one PDF document in the following order:

– CUPFA large grant application form
– completed budgets (you must use CUPFA budget forms)
– full description of project
– statement describing how the activity is related to or will enhance teaching
– additional budget Information
– official conference and training information
– travel quotes from official University travel agencies
– other travel quotes when applicable
– seniority list (only include one page)
– CV
– letter of reference from your Department Chair or Chair’s designate (this can be sent to CUPFA separately)

Please refer to the large grant application form for more detailed information regarding the above categories. Your electronic submission must not exceed 10 MB in size.  To merge your PDF documents go to:

It is important to name your file as follows: LastnameFirstname_yymm

Example: DoeJane_19Oct

It is highly recommended that members submit electronic applications prior to the deadline in case of unexpected technical difficulties. You will receive an automated message indicating that your email has been received,  however it is members’ responsibility to ensure that the appropriate document has been attached.

Acknowledging CUPFA Professional Development Grants

If you receive a grant, you are required to acknowledge the support from Concordia University Part-time Faculty Professional Development in any publication, exhibition, catalogues, invitations, film, CD, etc. produced as a result of the award. (see Article 17). This recognition must be equal to that given to other funders, sponsors or donors for similar support. In addition to the written statement you must include the CUPFA logo in your acknowledgement.
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CUPFA Professional Development Forms

To apply for CUPFA Grants, please download and fill out the application form and appropriate budgets. If you open the PDFs in Acrobat Reader in addition to being editable an auto calculate function is activated. Acrobat Reader can be downloaded for free from any web browser. We recommend that you DO NOT use Preview. While it will work the software appears to corrupt the PDFs, and the date field and auto calculate functions are disabled.

Fund Grant Proposal
»  pd_form_application

Proposed Budget Travel
 »  pd_travel

Proposed Budget Conferences, workshops, training, etc.
»  pd_conference

Proposed Budget  Preparation of art, music, etc.
»  pd_arts_music

Proposed Budget Research
»  pd_research

Proposed Budget Other
Please use this form if conferences, travel, preparation of art, or research does not describe your project
»  pd_other

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