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Diversity Professional Development Fund for Staff Applications Due March 15

The Diversity Professional Development Fund for Staff (DPDFS) was created to support the participation of staff in diversity-related programs and conferences. To receive funding for diversity conferences, seminars, and other programs, an applicant must meet these staff eligibility requirements and adhere to the following guidelines.

  • UT Knoxville (UTK) exempt or non-exempt staff who have twelve or more months of regular, continuous service (minimum of 75% time) are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants should be committed to supporting work-related diversity awareness and inclusion.
  • Applicants must provide a letter of introduction detailing relevant goals and how the diversity program/conference/ seminar will benefit those goals.
  • Applicants must provide a written letter of support from their departmental supervisor, detailing the benefits of participation to the employee, department, and university.
  • New applications are due on the following schedule for spring 2021: March 15 and June 10. Please note that all applications are due one month before the program. Please visit to complete the application and submit required documentation online.

Please contact Shannon Bruce at with any questions.

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