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School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
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School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

NTT Professional/Career Development Funding

The Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS) provides financial support to SEBS non-tenure track (NTT) faculty members who apply to engage in professional development or career advancement activities.

The main criterion for this grant is the demonstration of a clearly defined link to professional/career goals and how the proposed activity will support those goals.

It is the intention of this funding opportunity to support and enhance teaching, defined in its broadest sense. Whether an NTT faculty title is teaching or research, this funding opportunity recognizes that proficiency in teaching is a central aspect of professional/career development.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be full-time, non-tenure track faculty members at SEBS (Instructor and higher, both teaching and research lines are eligible).
  • Applicants must submit a clear rationale as to how the funds will advance their professional development.
  • Applications from individuals involved in teaching undergraduate/graduate courses will be given priority.
  • Applicants are eligible to apply during each cycle.
  • Faculty members may only apply for new electronic equipment (laptop and desktop) once every five years (except with reasonable description of why one is applying for equipment outside the time frame).

Post-award Requirements for Reimbursement

  • The approved professional development activity must happen after the application has been approved, as requests for reimbursements will not be accepted.
  • Faculty will be asked to provide a short report detailing their activities, which may be shared on this page.

Examples of professional development activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Conference related expenses (e.g., registration fees, accommodations, and travel)
  • Registration fees for locally based professional development workshops or career networking opportunities
  • Professional Association Memberships
  • Course materials (books, white boards, active learning supplies etc.)
  • Teaching equipment (computers, tablets etc.)
  • Other activities will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis

If the cost of the activity exceeds the amount approved, the individual is responsible for paying the remaining balance of the activity. As the grant draws on a limited pool of funds, the NTT Professional Development Committee cannot always guarantee the availability of funds.

How to Apply

The NTT Professional Development Committee reviews and makes decisions on applications in consult with the Dean of Academic Programs. Applicants will be notified of their application status within ten days following the committee decision.

Applications are due on the following dates:

Fall Applications are due June 1
Spring Applications are due Jan. 31

Applications may be accepted outside of these dates. Please contact the committee chair after you apply outside the application cycle.

For More Info

Ines Rauschenbach
Committee Chair