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Academic and Professional Development Fund

The Academic and Professional Development Fund (A&PDF) supports dissemination of knowledge, including the outcomes of research and advances in pedagogical and business practices.

The fund is designed to support the following activities:

  • presenting a keynote address, paper, poster or panel presentation at a conference, symposium or workshop
  • attending, but not presenting at, a conference, symposium, workshop or training session where the knowledge acquired will be shared with the university community
  • attending a conference, symposium or workshop that the applicant has assumed a major role in organizing
  • organization of small-scale knowledge mobilization activities, such as workshops and seminars, to encourage collaboration and the dissemination of research results both within and beyond the academic community

Awards are up to:

  • $1,000 (CDN) for an event within Canada
  • $1,400 (CDN) for an event outside Canada
  • $3,000 (CDN) for a knowledge mobilization activity either within Canada or outside of Canada

The award will be pro-rated for recipients who are employed on a part-time basis.

The Academic and Professional Development Fund is funded primarily by Athabasca University. Additional funds are derived from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Small Institution Grant (SIG). Together, these funds comprise the annual Academic and Professional Development Fund budget, which is administered by the Academic and Professional Development Fund Committee.

Recipients of Academic and Progessional Development Fund Grants, inlcuding SSHRC Exchange Grants, should acknowledge the funding in related publications and presentations.

How to apply

Application forms are available in the AU Research Portal.


Application deadlines are on the following days (or the next business day):

  • February 1
  • June 1
  • October 1

More information

Updated July 15 2019 by Research

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