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 until the end of 2020. To comply with OSU guidelines, applications requiring travel will NOT be accepted in the Fall 2020 cycle. However, the PDA Officers Committee has decided to revamp the application process for the Fall 2020 cycle and open it to all professional development activities in addition to academic/professional conferences. The program will be renamed “PDA Professional Development Awards” to reflect this change. 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 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.

Fall 2020

Travel Period: September 01, 2020 – December 31, 2020
Application Period: Starting 12:00 PM, August 5, 2020 until 11:59 AM, August 19, 2020
Reimbursement processing due no later than 30 days after the activity

Spring 2021


Currently, the PDA is granting a maximum of 12 travel awards for the Fall 2020 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 Travel Awards.

If you have questions, please contact the PDA at