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New York State and Communications Workers of America, Local 1104/
Graduate Student Employees Union
Professional Development Awards Program Guidelines


The Professional Development Program is funded under Article 30 Professional Development Committee of the 2016-2019 Agreement negotiated between New York State (State) and the Communications Workers of America, Local 1104/Graduate Student Employees Union (GSEU). Funds are awarded for a variety of professional development projects or activities to assist eligible teaching assistants and graduate assistants develop their full professional potential or prepare for advancement.

The Professional Development Program funds:

Within these general categories of support, allowable expenses include:

Funds may not be used for:


Employees are eligible for Professional Development Program funds for the period July 2, 2016 to July 1, 2017 and for July 2, 2017 to July 1, 2018. To be considered for funds, teaching assistants and graduate assistants must:

Application Procedures

The Application must include the following:.

A completed Application and all required documentation must be submitted to the office designated by the campus president or designee by the application deadline to be considered for funding. Information regarding the designated office for submitting the application may be obtained by contacting the local GSEU representative or the campus human resources office.

A copy of the Application may be accessed at:

Review of applications will take into consideration the nature of the professional development project or activity and how the project or activity will assist applicants in developing their full professional potential or preparing for advancement.

Application Deadlines

Reimbursement Procedures

All expenditures related to projects or activities funded by the Professional Development Program must be in accordance with the Professional Development Program Guidelines and the New York State Comptroller's Rules and Regulations and limitations contained therein.

For reimbursement, employees must:

Employees who do not submit a voucher with original receipts in a timely manner may forfeit entitlement to reimbursement.

Questions regarding reimbursement should be directed to the campus fiscal office.

Program Evaluation

The Evaluation must be submitted within 30 days after completing the project or activity. It may be submitted by mail, fax or email as indicated on the form.

A copy of the Evaluation may be accessed at: Evaluation.pdf

Acknowledgement of Funds

Award recipients are required to acknowledge the support of the New York State and Graduate Student Employees Union Professional Development Program as the funding source on all publicity, publications, and handout materials.

Useful Links:

Updated: November 2, 2017