Adjunct Professional Development Grants 

View previous adjunct grant awards here.

The Office of the Provost and Faculty Career Development created this grant program to provide funds for adjunct faculty to be used toward their professional development for activities such as attending conferences, workshops, meetings, or delivering presentations as a means to further their expertise in teaching at RIT.


Adjuncts at RIT may apply for up to $500 in funding, once per academic year. To be eligible for this funding you must have taught at RIT for at least two semesters and will be continuing as an adjunct instructor at RIT (to be verified by department head). Priority will be given to faculty who have not received a previous Adjunct Professional Development grant. Adjunct faculty who have not completed projects/used grant funds previously awarded or have not submitted an outcome report for a prior grant will not be eligible for a new grant-funded activity.  

Application Process and Guidelines

You must submit your application online along with a Verification Form from your department head/chair. Applications without a signed Verification Form will not be considered.  Applications are due by Monday, November 4, 2019, 11:59 pm (midnight). 

Application materials:

  1. Sample application - Use as a guide to complete your online application.  It is strongly recommended that you complete your application in a Word document, then copy/paste to the online form.
  2. Online application - Click here to access.
  3. Verification Form- Must be completed by your department head/chair and emailed to no later than Midnight November 4, 2019.

On the application you will provide:

  1. Project/Activity Description - a description of the professional development activity for which you are seeking a grant.
  2. Impact - a description of how the funds will further your development and/or teaching at RIT. 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 (minimum of 250 words).
  3. 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. 
    • If you are applying for conference registration, a workshop, or a professional association presentation, the URL from the event is required on the application.
    • Funding for software/hardware acquisition or other equipment, professional membership fees or licensure, tuition, add-pay, faculty stipends, course release, or additional faculty salaries will not be considered. 

Funding Decisions and Reporting Requirements

Proposals will be reviewed by an appointed faculty selection committee, and recipients will be notified in late November. If you are awarded a grant, you will receive instructions for accessing funds and reporting on the use of your grant. 

We would like to share your experience and request that all grant recipients help disseminate their results by completing a brief report following the project’s completion sharing the impact of this grant on your professional development, success in your discipline, teaching, etc. Your outcomes may be used on the FCDS website or other materials.

Questions should be directed to Faculty Career Development at