Lecturers' Professional Development Grants 


 Click here for previous years' recipients and learn about their grant-funded projects. 

The Office of the Provost and Faculty Career Development (FCD) created the Lecturers’ Professional Development Grants to acknowledge the many contributions of RIT’s lecturers. This grant program provides funds for professional development activities that involve teaching, development and/or creative endeavors. Grants of up to $2,000 each will be awarded. Submissions are limited to one grant application per faculty each academic year.

Examples of appropriate expenditures include participation at conferences, national professional meetings and pedagogical programs, graduate student or work study assistance, travel required to access resources at other institutions. Funding for software/hardware acquisition or other equipment, professional membership fees or licensure, tuition, or additional faculty salaries will not be considered. 


All full-time lecturers, senior lecturers and principal lecturers with continuing appointments at RIT are eligible to apply.

Application Process and Guidelines

Applications must be submitted online along with a Verification Form from your department head/chair. Applications without a signed Verification Form will not be considered. Applications will be accepted online until Monday, November 6, 2017 at 5 pm.

Application materials:

  • Sample application (Word Document) - Use as a guide to comlete your online application.  It is strongly recommended that you complete your application in a Word document, then copy/paste to the online form. 
  • Online application - Applications must be submitted online by Monday, November 6, 5 pm. 
  • Verification Form - Must be signed by your department head/chair.

On the application you will provide:

  1. A description of the professional development activity for which you are seeking a grant (250 words or less).
  2. A description of how a Lecturers' Professional Development grant will further your development and/or teaching. Clearly state the connection/benefit of your request for funding to your professional development and expected impact on student success, faculty success and/or the campus community (250 words or less).
  3. An itemized budget. General requests without a breakdown of requested funds will NOT be approved.  All RIT policies must be adhered to for the use of these grant funds.  Click here to view RIT's Travel Policies & Procedures Manual. 
    (a) If you are applying to attend a conference, workshop, or presentation, the event URL is required on the application.
    (b) Meals associated with travel will be allowed at the $41 per diem limit set by RIT travel policies (subject to change). This amount should be adjusted for any meals included in conference attendance. 

Funding Decisions and Reporting Requirements

Proposals will be reviewed by a faculty selection committee; recipients will be notified in late November 2017. If you are awarded a grant you will receive instructions for accessing funds and reporting on the use of your grant. Typically funds are available from November through the following June 30.

We would like to share your experience and request that all grant recipients help disseminate their results by completing a brief report as soon as possible following the project completion. Your outcomes may be used on the FCD website or other materials.

Questions should be directed to the Faculty Career Development team at FCDS@rit.edu.