University of Wisconsin–Madison
Providing central coordination for the undergraduate advising and career services communities

Advisor and Career Services Professional Development Grants

In 2015, the Office of Undergraduate Advising (OUA) raised approximately $34,000 through a partnership with UW-Athletics at the 2015 Wisconsin Spring Football Game.

With these funds OUA is able to offer professional development grants for both advisors and career services community members.

In 2020, OUA plans to expand the current grant offerings to include additional options tailored specifically to the career services community.

Application cycle: September 1 – August 31

National Conference Grant for First-Time Attendees

The National Conference Grant was created to support advisors and career services community members  interested in attending a national conference for the first time. Conferences should be related to career services, higher education, academic affairs, or issues that impact undergraduate advising. 1-3 grants are available per year, and grants may range up to $1,500-$2,000. Suggested conferences are offered through (but not limited to) the following organizations:

Application process will re-open later in the Fall 2020 semester

  • Only staff members who have never attended a national conference before are eligible to apply
  • We encourage staff whose units have limited to no funding available for professional development to apply
  • This grant will cover all expenses that meet the requirements of the UW policies & procedures for reimbursement (including airfare)
  • Grant recipients are responsible for arranging all lodging and travel accommodations
  • Applicants must submit a signed Supervisor Support Form with their application

Members of the Advising Training & Development Team (ATDT) will do initial screening of all applications, before making recommendations to the Office of Undergraduate Advising.

Applications will be evaluated on the following: clarity of purpose and goals for the conference attendance, ways in which you believe the attendance can benefit the advising and/or career services community, and ways in which you hope to share your experience to improve practices at UW-Madison.

Campus Site Visit Grant

The Campus Site Visit Grant is an opportunity for small groups of UW advisors and/or career services professionals to visit other campuses with the purpose of discovering innovative practices, sharing ideas for improving services, and learning new approaches for helping students. Grant funding may be up to $2,000.

Application process will re-open later in the Fall 2020 semester.

  • This grant will cover all expenses (excluding airfare) that meet the requirements of the UW policies & procedures for reimbursement
  • Teams must be willing to share some of their learning and experience with the advising and/or career services community
  • Teams may consist of 1-4 members from one or several units across campus
  • The team leader agrees to submit the grant proposal, make all visit and travel arrangements, and work with OUA to secure funding (if the team’s proposal is selected).
  • Each team member must submit a Supervisor Support Form with their application.
  1. Contact the campus your team wishes to visit and determine a main contact at that campus
  2. Verify that the campus your team wishes to visit is able to accommodate your visit
  3. Work with your main contact to co-create a visit itinerary
  4. Inquire into additional funding from team member’s units, if available
  5. Ensure that all team members are prepared to share their knowledge/experience with the advising and/or career services community

Members from the Advising Training & Development Team (ATDT) will do an initial evaluation of all applications and then make recommendations to the Office of Undergraduate Advising.

Applications will be evaluated on the following: clarity of purpose and goals for the visit, ways in which you believe the visit can benefit the advising and/or career services community, and ways in which your team hopes to share their findings to improve practices at UW-Madison.

OUA "Choose Your Own Adventure" Professional Development Grant

These grants are available for professional development and/or training to improve the effectiveness of advising and career services professionals in their current roles. Some suggested ideas for using this grant might include funding a speaker or trainer to visit your office, pursuing a continuing education workshop, attending a conference, taking a class, etc. Grant funding may be up to $2000.

Application process will re-open later in the Fall 2020 semester.

  • Any member of the UW Madison advising and/or career services community is welcome to apply
  • We encourage staff whose units have limited to no funding available for professional development to apply
  • This grant will cover all expenses that meet the requirements of the UW policies & procedures for reimbursement (including airfare)
  • If applicable, grant recipients are responsible for arranging any lodging and travel accommodations
  • Applicants must submit a signed Supervisor Support Form with their application

Members from the Advising Training & Development Team (ATDT) will do an initial evaluation of all applications and then make recommendations to the Office of Undergraduate Advising.

Applications will be evaluated on the following: clarity of purpose and goals for the activity or experience; ways in which you believe the experience will benefit your program, unit, or university as a whole, and how you plan to share the information gained from the experience.