VCFA Professional Development Program

Thank you, the application for this year is closed

We are pleased to announce that Laurent Heller, vice chancellor for Finance and Administration, has provided scholarship funding for UW–Madison employees to attend select professional development courses offered by the Division of Continuing Studies (DCS). This marks the fourth consecutive fiscal year of professional development funding for DCS courses being made available to UW employees by the vice chancellor. This program is part of the Engagement, Inclusion and Diversity initiative.

University staff, academic staff and faculty employees may submit an application by filling out the form below. The scholarship will pay for the full cost of the course, and we estimate about 100 awards will be made. Application period ends Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at 9 a.m.

Eligible professional development courses in this program are offered by the Division of Continuing Studies and include training in the areas of leadership development, business management, diversity and inclusion, human resources and training. All courses offered will be held live online. View a full list of courses and descriptions >

The application will allow for three course choices. If the first‑choice course is full at time of award, we will automatically award and register the employee into the second-choice course, and then the third choice course if first and second choice courses are full.

  • The applicant period ends Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at 9 a.m.
  • After the application period ends, awards will be made by random draw and until the funds are exhausted.
  • Last year’s (FY20, fall of 2019) awardees will not be eligible for a scholarship this spring. This is a new change to how the program is being administered based on feedback from applicants.
  • All applicants will be notified of their award status by email and no later than Friday, February 26, 2021.
  • All awarded applications will be registered and sent a registration confirmation by email no later than Monday, March 8, 2021.
  • Please do not attempt to register yourself under this scholarship program.
  • One application per employee.
  • Employment status and past awardee status will be verified before awards are made.
  • This program is for university staff, academic staff and faculty employees with an appointment FTE greater than zero.
  • Before submitting your application, please reserve the course dates on your calendar and obtain approval to attend the course from your supervisor, if appropriate.
  • All DCS policies regarding cancellation and transfer will apply.
  • Email for questions:

The application has now closed.