There are two professional development funds available specifically to lecturers at the University of Michigan.
The Lecturers’ Professional Development Fund (LPDF) is administered jointly by a panel of experienced lecturers and the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching. This fund awards grants of up to $2,000 each for professional development activities that involve teaching, research, and/or creative endeavors.
The Professional Development Fund for LEO Lecturers (PDFLL) is administered jointly by Academic Human Resources and a faculty panel. Awards of up to $1,000 are available to eligible lecturers each academic year. The purpose of the Fund is to encourage creativity through the support of lecturer professional development by providing grants in support of activities that enhance lecturers’ teaching at the University of Michigan. Pay special attention to the “Selection Criteria” of this fund, as it differs slightly from the LPDF.
LEO sponsors scholarships for students on each of the three campuses of the University of Michigan.
Students on the UM-Flint campus can apply for a LEO-sponsored scholarship via the campus’s general scholarship application. $2,000 in scholarships are awarded each year, and each scholarship will be at least $500 and no more than $1,000. Under question 2.9 of the form, dependents of union members may indicate their status as such and submit an additional essay to apply for the LEO scholarship. Preference is given first to dependents of LEO members.
UM-Dearborn students can apply for a LEO-sponsored scholarship through the campus Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships website. $2,000 in scholarships are awarded each year, and the deadline to apply for the 2019-20 academic year is February 1, 2019.
The LEO Union Scholarship on Ann Arbor campus is for undergraduate and graduate students who are dependents of a member of a union. Two $1,000 scholarships are awarded each year. This scholarship is administered by the Office of Financial Aid. See here for more information (under “Scholarships Awarded in the Office of Financial Aid”).
Ally organizations and individuals with need for minor funding to support their work can apply for solidarity funding from LEO. Examples of how these funds can be used include purchasing food for an event, purchasing craft supplies for an action, or printing materials. Apply for solidarity funds below: