Professional Development Awards

NOTE: To control and contain the spread of COVID 19, Ohio State University has a no-travel policy in effect for all OSU personnel. To comply with OSU guidelines, applications requiring travel will NOT be accepted for the Summer 2021 cycle. The travel awards for the Summer 2021 cycle will continue in the form of PDA Professional Development Awards. This change in structure, however, is temporary and we will revert back to our previous system of travel awards once the travel restrictions by OSU are lifted.

All current Ohio State Postdoctoral Researchers and Fellows are eligible to apply for a Professional Development Award in the amount of $400. Applicants must remain affiliated with Ohio State throughout the application process until the time of reimbursement. Applications will be assessed based on PDA involvement, research impact and career goals. Please see the Policies and Guidelines document below for more information.

Policies and Guidelines for the PDA Professional Development Awards

Application for the PDA Professional Development Awards

Deadlines/Dates for the PDA Professional Development Awards

We have three application cycles per year corresponding to the semesters in which the travel occurs (Spring, Summer and Fall). Any applications submitted before or the application periods specified below will not be considered.

Summer 2021

Professional Development Activity Period: May 01, 2021 – August 31, 2021
Application Period: Starting 12:00 PM, April 5, 2021 until 11:59 AM, April 19, 2021
Reimbursement processing due no later than 30 days after the activity

Fall 2021


Currently, the PDA is granting a maximum of 5 awards for the Summer 2021 cycle.

*Note: Please notify the PDA immediately if you are awarded a professional development award and are then unable to utilize the award during the time period allotted. We understand that circumstances sometimes change. Failure to utilize a travel award without notifying the PDA will disqualify you from consideration for any future PDA Awards.

If you have questions, please contact the PDA at