Lecturers' Professional Development Fund (LPDF)

Lecturers' Professional Development Fund (LPDF)


In order to acknowledge the many contributions of Lecturers and to provide them with access to funds beyond those ordinarily available, the University of Michigan has created the Lecturers’ Professional Development Fund. In this competition, grants of up to $2,000 each will be awarded for professional development activities that involve teaching, research, and/or creative endeavors.


Faculty with continuing appointments as Lecturers on the University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus are eligible to apply. Applications should focus on the professional development of the individual lecturer.

The Application Cover Sheet includes an appointment verification section because it is not always possible to tell from a Lecturer’s title whether the appointment is likely to continue. 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.

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.

Submission Procedure

All applications are handled electronically and must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13, 2022.

  1. Prepare a 3 page proposal in accordance with the Guidelines below.
  2. Prepare a 1 page abbreviated C.V.
  3. Download and complete this cover sheet (not to exceed $2,000 from the Provost’s Office, see FUNDING section below for allowable expenses).
  4. Obtain chair or dean signature on cover sheet.
  5. Solicit letters of support from deans, chairs, or other relevant colleagues (optional).
  6. Merge items 1-5 into a single PDF file.
  7. Click the Submit Application at the top of this LPDF webpage:
    1. Fill out the web form, which requires a project overview. This project overview (250 word maximum) will be included in a set of summary documents provided to the review panel.
    2. Upload the PDF file. Name your file LastName_GrantType_Year.pdf (e.g., Smith_LPDF_2022.pdf).

Proposal Guidelines

Along with the application cover page, 1-page abbreviated C.V. and project overview (250 word maximum), please prepare a three-page proposal that includes:

  • a description of the professional development activity,
  • a discussion of how receipt of a Lecturers' Professional Development Fund grant will further the lecturer's scholarship and teaching,
  • an itemized budget


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

To be eligible, the proposed activities must begin no earlier than November 14, 2022 and must be completed by December 31, 2023.

Funding Decisions

Proposals will be reviewed 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. 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. Awards will be announced in November 2022.

Reporting Requirements

CRLT requires 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 764-0505 or crltgrants@umich.edu if you have questions. CRLT staff is 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.