Lecturers' Professional Development Fund (LPDF)

Lecturers' Professional Development Fund (LPDF)

Request for Proposals

In order to acknowledge the many contributions of Lecturers and to provide them with access to funds beyond those ordinarily available, CRLT is soliciting proposals for the Lecturers’ Professional Development Fund (LPDF). Grants of up to $2,000 each will be awarded for professional development activities that involve teaching, research, and/or creative endeavors. Proposals are due by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12, 2023. Awards will be announced in November, 2023.


Faculty with continuing appointments as Lecturers on the University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus are eligible to apply. Visiting Lecturers, Adjunct Lecturers, and Lecturers whose appointments cannot be renewed are not eligible for this competition. Please note that individuals apply for this grant competition; pairs or groups of applicants are not eligible. Applicants who have received Lecturers’ Professional Development Fund grants in the past may seek support for new proposals. If a choice must be made between projects of equal merit, priority will be given to the proposal submitted by an applicant who has not received funds during the previous academic year.

Lecturers who are eligible for the Lecturers' Professional Development Fund (LPDF) are also eligible for the Professional Development Fund for LEO Lecturers (PDFLL). Please note that the LPDF and PDFLL differ in the amount of funding, guidelines for eligible submissions, submission deadlines, and application process.

Use of Grant Funds

Examples of appropriate expenditures include participation at national or international professional meetings and pedagogical programs, graduate student or work study assistance, computer hardware or software, travel required to access resources of other institutions, subscriptions to professional journals, and editorial assistance. Funding may not be used for course work in pursuit of a degree or to reimburse costs already incurred.

Funding Period

The period of funding will vary according to the nature of the proposal, but is limited to one year. The proposed activities cannot begin until November 15, 2023 and must be completed by December 31, 2025.

Submission Procedure

All applications are submitted electronically online and should follow the format shown in the Proposal Checklist below. All proposals must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12, 2023. To submit a proposal:

  • Click the Submit Application button at the top of this page
  • Fill out the web form (to preview the form, click the Submit Application button)
  • Upload the proposal following the checklist items as a single PDF file. Name your file LastName_GrantType_Year.pdf (e.g., Smith_LPDF_2023.pdf).

Proposal Checklist

Submit checklist items as a single PDF file 

  • Cover Sheet: Use the attached cover sheet.
    • Include the name of the primary proposal applicant, the title of the project, and duration of the project.
    • Obtain chair or dean signature in the appointment verification section.
  • Project Overview (250 words max): Provide an overview/abstract of your project for a non-specialist audience. You will also submit this electronically on the application webform. This overview will be made public on the CRLT website if your proposal is funded. 
  • Project Narrative (3 pages max): The project narrative should include a description of the professional development activity and a discussion of how receipt of a Lecturers' Professional Development Fund grant will further the lecturer's scholarship and teaching.
  • Abbreviated C.V. (1 page): Provide a condensed vita.
  • Budget Request & Justification: Use the attached budget worksheet.
    • Provide the total amount requested and a budget breakdown. 
    • Provide a clear and brief explanation for all proposed expenditures and how each will help to achieve the project goals. 
    • See additional information about eligible expenses and justification in the budget worksheet.
  • Letter(s) of Support (optional)
    • Evidence of sufficient institutional support (e.g., a letter from supervisor, chair, dean, relevant colleagues, etc.) for applicant’s ability to undertake the project and its potential contribution to the University’s missions of teaching and research.

Proposal Review Criteria and Evaluation Process

All Lecturers' Professional Development Fund applications are reviewed and ranked by a panel of experienced lecturers from multiple disciplines, and selections will be based on the potential contribution to the University’s missions of teaching and research. The final funding decision will be made by the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. 

Funds are limited, and LPDF proposals will be awarded in a competitive process. Each proposal will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Is the proposal complete and in the proper format?
  • Are the goals of the project clear and well supported?
  • In what ways and to what extent will the proposed activities contribute to the professional development of the lecturer?
  • Does the applicant have the necessary background and expertise to complete the project?
  • Is the funding request appropriate to the scope of the project? 

Reporting Requirements

CRLT asks all grant recipients to help disseminate their results by completing a brief web form within three months of the project’s completion. These reports will be publicly displayed on the CRLT Grants Reporting website.

Questions and Consultations

Please contact CRLT at (734) 764-0505 or crltgrants@umich.edu if you have questions about the grant or the application process. CRLT staff are available to consult with grant applicants as they prepare proposals. You may also contact us if you have issues submitting your proposal to the CRLT website.