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Grant Guidelines


The Penn State Shenango Professional Development Grant (PDG) program is a source of financial support for the development of non tenure-system faculty at Penn State Shenango. It is intended to support faculty in their efforts to stay current in their discipline. The funds support the growth of faculty in developing new skills, learning new strategies and advancing in their knowledge in their profession in general.


All full-time faculty members in the non-tenured system are invited to apply for the PDG funding.

Research and Scholarship Projects

Any of the following general types of professional development activity are appropriate for PDG proposals:

  1. Attending a conference, seminar or other instruction or event that is related to your teaching and discipline.
  2. Routine course development and instructional improvement.
  3. Presenting at a conference, seminar or other event that is focused on your discipline.
  4. Other instructional related support that would help you in developing professionally.

The following may NOT be included in a PDG request:

  • Support for stipends and supplemental salary
  • Requests for released time from teaching are not permitted

While developing your proposal, keep the following considerations in mind:

  1. Travel may be included, but the proposal must explain clearly how the travel is essential for the conduct of the research and scholarly activity.
  2. The purchase of software, printed material, microfiche, supplies, and other similar materials may be included, provided the applicant makes it clear in the proposal that the purchase is directly related to the activities of the project. The purchase of microcomputers is not supported. Any equipment purchased with PDG funds becomes property of the University.

No amount of support is too small to request through the PDG proposals. For all proposals, budget items should be clearly itemized and related directly to project activities.

Review Process

PDGs are awarded on the competitive basis. Each proposal is evaluated by a committee. The Director of Academic Affairs is responsible for making final decisions. Generally all proposals cannot be funded due to limited budgets, and some proposals may receive only partial support. The committee will evaluate the quality of the proposals and the potential contribution of the project activities to the applicant's reputation as a scholar, teacher, and researcher.

Project Completion

At the conclusion of the project, faculty members are expected to provide a brief report (one page maximum) of project activities to their DAA. The report may be submitted via email.

Because of the temporary nature of the funds for the PDGs, project money should be expended prior to June 30th. However, short-term extensions may be granted by the DAA. A request for an extension may be made by sending an email message to the DAA. A brief explanation of the reason for the extension must be provided.

Proposal Text

The text of the proposal should not exceed two pages in length. The following topics must be discussed in a manner that those outside the discipline can understand:

  1. Objectives of the Project: State clearly and briefly the objects of the proposed project. What do you plan to accomplish?
  2. Significance of Proposed Project: State how this project will benefit your personal record of achievement in research and/or scholarly activity.
  3. Procedures: Describe project activities and explain how they are related to objectives. Explain how you plan to accomplish each objective. As you prepare these sections, include adequate information to permit evaluation of the proposal.
  4. Previous PDG Support: For your three most recent PDG awards, list the year and the amount of the award and the outcome of the project. We are especially interested in products that resulted from PDG support, such as journal articles, professional meeting presentations, book chapters, musical compositions, paintings, or software. Grant proposals or funding incident to the PDG may also be submitted as products resulting from the PDG.

Proposal Content

Your proposal should include the following sections (in order):

  1. Budget Summary Cover Sheet (Use this Form)
  2. Proposal Text (maximum of 2 pages) avoid disciplinary jargon
  3. Itemized Budget Information: Explain the components of the budget presented in the budget summary
  4. Evaluation Page (Use this Form)

Procedure for Submission

Please forward the completed proposal to eja12@psu.edu. Priority will be given to tenure-track facility and to tenured faculty actively working on getting promoted.

Deadline for Submitting Proposals

January 30th