Professional Development

New funding year for staff professional development funds

Professional development funds for staff in the following employee groups became available April 1 for the 2019/20 funding year. This year’s funding maximums are:

Funding is pro rated in some cases depending on the details of a staff member’s appointment (for example, if they are working part-time).  Staff members can confirm their personal eligibility and available funding amount through the Faculty & Staff Self-Service portal, under the “Staff PD” tab.


Contact the PD Fund team at if you have any questions about these updates. For questions specific to the BCGEU Okanagan PD Fund, please contact Lisa Frost at

Reminder to Use Staff Professional Development Funds for 2018/19

As we approach the March 31 fiscal year-end, we encourage staff to use their professional development funds. Professional development funds are designed to support staff in pursuing professional development opportunities that will enhance their skills, knowledge and ongoing career growth at UBC.

Staff are welcome to make claims to their employee group based PD Fund on a first-come, first-served basis until the budgeted funding pool is exhausted or by the end of the fiscal year, whichever comes first.

Prior to submitting a claim, staff should review their current eligibility status and available personal balance through Faculty & Staff Self Service (select “Staff PD” tab to view) and check their respective HR PD Funding webpage for submission guidelines and updates on the overall fund balance.

Notes about PD funds (Fiscal 2018/19)

Information and updates related to both faculty and staff professional development funds are available on the HR PD Funding webpage.

Questions? Please contact

Return to Learning This Fall – Professional Development Funds Available

It’s “back to school” at UBC, and with it comes new opportunities for a fresh approach to work and a renewed motivation for personal learning and ongoing professional development. We invite you to take advantage of the available funds to pursue learning activities that will help you to grow in your career at UBC.

September marks the half-way point the UBC Staff Professional Development Funds claim year (April 1 – March 31).

Individual funding maximums and guidelines vary based on your employee group affiliation as noted below:

Staff – April 1 to March 31 funding year

Faculty – July 1 to June 31 funding year

Faculty – Non-standard funding year

Additional personal and professional development opportunities are available, including:

  • Tuition waivers to offset the cost of UBC credit courses, as well as UBC Extended Learning and approved Sauder School of Business Continuing Business Studies courses.
  •, “anytime learning” online courses that can help you brush up on your technical, creative, or workplace business skills – available free of cost for all UBC faculty and staff.
  • Professional development workshops (Vancouver | Okanagan)


Staff Professional Development Funds (Vancouver campus, all M&P, all Exec Admin, all SUD)

BCGEU Okanagan Professional Development Fund (Okanagan campus)

Faculty Professional Development Reimbursement (all campuses, faculty and sessional lecturers )

Research Associates Professional Development Fund (all campuses)

Postdoctoral Fellows Travel Awards (Vancouver campus)