Professional Development

PD Fund for Research Associates: Current PD Funding Cycle Ends March 31

Research Associates at UBC are eligible to apply for funding to support your ongoing professional development.

The Professional Development (PD) Fund for Research Associates is a funding pool designed to help research associates (excluding honorary RAs) access learning opportunities to enhance professional knowledge, work performance, and career growth at UBC.

You can apply for up to $2,000 in reimbursements to cover a wide variety of PD-related expenses during the funding cycle that runs April 1, 2016 – March 31, 2018.

To confirm your personal available balance, visit Faculty & Staff Self-Service, and view the “myPD and Learning” section or “Staff PD” tab.

In order to meet the year-end deadlines, your completed PD claim form must be submitted to UBC Human Resources no later than Friday, March 23, 2018.

For guidelines and submission details, visit the Research Associate PD Fund website.

Questions? Please contact Susanna Mulligan or Cathy Faulconer, Human Resources at

Apply soon to claim your Staff Professional Development Funds for 2017/18

The Staff Professional Development Funds at UBC are annual funding pools designed to support employees with staff appointments to pursue learning opportunities that will enhance their professional knowledge, work performance, and ongoing career growth at UBC. Funds are available to staff in the following groups: CUPE 2950, CUPE 116, Executive Administrative, Non-Union Technicians and Research Assistants, Management & Professional (AAPS), Service Unit Directors/Excluded M&P, and BCGEU Okanagan.

Apply soon to access PD funds available for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Staff are welcome to make claims on a first-come, first-served basis until the budgeted funding pool is exhausted or by the end of the fiscal year, whichever comes sooner. The amount you can claim depends on your employee group, as each group has its own funding pool subject to an annual budget allocation and program guidelines.

Based on claim patterns this year, it is anticipated that the budgeted PD funds will accommodate staff requests up until the March 31 year-end, with the exception of the M&P PD Fund for AAPS members (see below).

If you have already taken full advantage of your PD funds this fiscal year, new money will become available to you on April 1, 2018. If you have not used PD funds this fiscal year, note that they do not rollover; they will expire on March 31, 2018.

Notice: M&P PD Funds anticipated to run out prior to March 31, 2018, year-end

Prior to submitting a claim, M&P staff are encouraged to check the M&P PD Fund webpage for daily updates on the overall fund balance. When the funding pool balance reaches zero prior to March 31, no further PD claims will be accepted for reimbursement this current funding year.

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)


2017 Coach Internship Funding Recipients

Congratulations to this year’s Coach Internship recipients who will be receiving funding to attend an Accredited Coach Training Program to become a Certified Coach.

  • Girish Ananthanarayana – Computer Science
  • Beth Haverkamp – Faculty of Education
  • Gennesse Langdon – Botanical Garden
  • Kristine Thody – UBC Sauder School of Business
  • Horace Tong – UBC IT Service Centre
  • Mark Trowell – UBC HR Faculty Relations

Read the full post here.

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Call for Coaching Internship Program Applications for 2016

Coaching@UBC is accepting applications for the 2016 intake for the Coaching Internship Program. Successful candidates will receive funding towards the completion of an ICF Accredited Coach Training Program. Funding is negotiated based on funds available, so the amount and number of awards vary annually. Awards for this round of Coach Intern recipients will be paid out during the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017.

Please visit our Coaching InternshipProgram page for full details and application documents. The application deadline is Jan. 31, 2016.

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