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, Judy Walker or Christine Homan 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 Winter 2024 Semester only, the CFW will have a rolling deadline for the Supplemental Professional Development Fund until April 19, 2024 at 5:00 pm and/or until available funds have been awarded.  Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received.


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

If you have any questions concerning eligibility or regarding the application form, please contact us: Judy Walker ([email protected]) or Christine Homan ([email protected]) Co-Chairs, CFW Professional Development Fund Committee.

First 6 Awardees for AY2023-24:

1.) Francine Banner (Professor of Sociology) "At the Scene of the Crime: Observer as Witness to the "Finding Our Voice: Sister Survivors Speak" at the Law & Society Conference 2023.

2.) Pamela Aronson (Professor of Sociology) "Rebuilding Trust: Creating a Culture of Respect Following Sexual Harassment in the Higher Education Workplace" at the Law and Society Association Conference 2023.

3.) Danielle Louise DeFauw (Associate Professor of Education) "Intro to Verse Novels: A Virtual Tour of Limitations and Liberations of verse novels (Highlights Foundation)".

4.) Francia Martinez Valencia (Associate Professor of Spanish, LCA) for research travel related to "Multilingualism in the Virtual and Physical Linguistic Landscape of the city of Panama".

5.) Diana Smrt (Lecturer IV of Organizational Behavior) "Management and Organizational Behavior Teaching Society" at the Management and Organizational Behavior Teaching Society Conference.

6.) Hyejin Kim (Associate Professor of Mathematics) invited speaker at an International Conference "Honoring Safonov's 70th Birthday" in Seoul, Korea.

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.*

Commission for Women

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Dearborn, MI 48128
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