Funding Opportunities

Supplemental Professional Development Fund

The Commission for Women is committed to promoting the advancement of women and girls. We invest in individuals, organizations and programs that achieve this mission. We encourage you to review the two funding opportunities below. Contact one of the CFW Co-Chair's, Caitlin Finlayson or Judy Walker with questions.

The Commission for Women’s Supplemental Professional Development Fund supports professional development activities of UM-Dearborn staff and faculty that promote the advancement of women and girls. Stipends up to $500 are awarded on a competitive basis (for example, to attend conferences related to women’s issues, for travel expenses related to research, for women’s educational or professional advancement, textbook purchases, etc.). Eligible conferences, workshops, seminars, or educational programs may be in-person or virtual. Conferences, seminars, or workshops where the applicant is an attendee (but not presenting) are eligible for funding if the applicant provides clear reasoning for the importance of their attendance to their career advancement or research. 

For the remainder of the Fall 2023 Semester only, the CFW will have a rolling deadline for the Supplemental Professional Development Fund until April 21, 2023 at 5:00 pm and/or until available funds have been awarded.  Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received. 

Applications should be submitted to:

Please read the instructions and application form carefully and fill it out completely.  Since this is a competitive award, incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.  Applicants are required to upload copies of any supporting documentation to support their professional development funding request (e.g. conference proposal, course registration, receipts) via the online application by the deadline.

Learn more about this funding opportunity at: 

If you have any questions concerning eligibility or regarding the application form, please contact us: Caitlin Finlayson ( or Judy Walker (, Co-Chairs, CFW Professional Development Fund Committee.



The Commission for Women accepts funding requests in support of activities on campus that promote the interests of girls and women throughout the year.  The Commission has supported many programs including:

  • Composing a Life, a celebration of retiring professors in CASL
  • Group trip for students to attend the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL)
  • SOAR Program in CASL
  • Women and Gender Studies events
  • Center for Social Justice and Inclusion programs

Do you have an upcoming event or program idea that you would like for the CFW to support?

For further information and to apply, click on the following link: funding request form. 

*This funding is not for staff or faculty professional development. Please see the above information for the CFW Supplemental Professional Development Fund.*

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