Staff Manager Development Grant

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Managers, are you looking for professional development opportunities to help you increase your managerial skills and effectiveness? The staff manager development grant provides financial support to assist staff managers seeking to sharpen management skills, encourage participation in activities that further professional development and enhance behaviors that support the university’s values.

Grants of up to $1,250 for individuals will be awarded for staff manager participation in management workshops and programs, seminars, conferences or other activities held at The Ohio State University. Grant applications are now accepted year round. Applications should be submitted one month prior to the development activity to allow time for review and registration, if the grant is awarded. Examples of OSU providers include but are not limited to:


Applicants must meet one of the following conditions:

  1. Must be employed as a regular full or part-time Classified Civil Service or Administrative and Professional staff member.
  2. Former Ohio State University staff member with at least two continuous years of service and currently unemployed due to the elimination of job position within the past year.

Faculty, student employees and staff on temporary appointments are not eligible for this grant.

Application Process

Submit your Staff Manager Development Grant Application via email as an attachment (no more than 5 pages total) to at least one month prior to the development activity.

Selection Criteria

This is a competitive process and all applications are reviewed by a selection committee. Grants are awarded based on available funds and the following:

  • Complete applications, which include required budget information and appropriate documentation
  • Demonstrated benefits to the individual, department/college and/or the university.

rubric will be used to provide fair rating of applicants based on criteria set in the application. Each application will be reviewed by 2-3 people.

The grant funds must be used for activities that occur during specified funding periods. Applicants who have not previously received a grant are given priority consideration. Retroactive funding is not provided.

The Staff Manager Development Grant Program is administered by The Office of Human Resources in partnership with the University Staff Advisory Committee (USAC).