2022 Alumni Professional Development Fund Recipients!

Mary-Isabel Aromando, J89, Yvane Ngassa, A21, Michael Shah, EG13, EG17, Jonathan Jacob Moore, A17, Joayne Larson, J97, Laurel Bliss, A20, Max Greenhouse, A16, Deniz Whittier (Gecim), AG16, Isabella Molina Kiser, A21, Raveena Longia, A19, Allentza Michel, A15

The Professional Development Fund is an annual award open to all Tufts Alumni to support their career growth and professional development.  The application process is very competitive, and support through the fund is not guaranteed with your application. The Fund is sponsored by the Tufts University Alumni Association and is managed by the Office of Alumni Engagement and Alumni Career Services.

Applications for the Professional Development Fund are closed. Please check back in November 2022 for the next cycle.

  • Application Details

    Application requirements: 

    Accommodations: If you would like to request an accommodation in submitting your application, please contact Shaye Ellard, Alumni Relations Assistant in the Office of Alumni Engagement at shaye.ellard@tufts.edu or +1 617 627 3532.

    Resume: Complete applications must include a Word file of your resume. The maximum number of pages is two. Please exclude personal information such as birthday, social security number, etc.

    Questions: You will respond to four questions. Each question has a 300 word limit.

    1. Please provide a brief but detailed description of the activity for which funds are being requested. If your activity is sponsored by an organization, please provide relevant supporting information about the sponsor (for example, is the sponsor accredited, etc.)
    2. How will this funding change the trajectory of your career? Why is this particular opportunity important for you to break into or advance in your chosen field?
    3. What steps in your career and/or education have led you to this particular opportunity? This can include course work, activities, jobs, volunteer work, etc. Demonstrate your commitment to this opportunity.
    4. Why have you turned to Tufts for help in funding this activity? Are there additional resources (such as employer funds or scholarships) that are available to you? What other alternatives have you explored?

  • Qualifying Activities

    Activities that Qualify for Funding:

    Alumni are encouraged to apply for financial support for their professional development needs. We fund a range of activities, including:

    • Professional organization involvement: membership dues, registration (including travel, lodging, meals) for conferences, workshops or trainings. 
    • Education & training: coursework and/or requirements for certifications and licensures, and continuing education.

    Activities that Do Not Qualify for Funding:

    • Tuition and administrative fees as part of degree program.
    • Research activities such as compensating subjects.

    Award Size:

    Average awards are approximately $750; we will consider requests for larger amounts, but individual awards will not exceed $2,000.

  • Timeline for the Fund

    Below is the timeline for the application cycle. 

    December 2021 - Professional Development Fund begins accepting applications for 2022.

    Accommodations: If you would like to request an accommodation in submitting your application, please contact Shaye Ellard, Alumni Relations Assistant in the Office of Alumni Engagement at shaye.ellard@tufts.edu or +1 617 627 3532.

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 31, 2022

    February 1-28, 2022: Committee reviews applications. Recipients of awards from the Professional Development Fund are selected.

    First week of March 2022: All applicants to the Professional Development Fund are contacted. Those who were granted funds for 2022 will have five (5) business days to formally accept their funds. Recipients work with the Office of Alumni Engagement to file necessary documents.

    March 1, 2022-March 1 2023:  All recipients will correspond with the Office of Alumni Engagement with their proof of purchase and testimonial statement regarding their professional activity.

    Tufts reserves the right to use any testimonial statements in future promotional and informational materials. 

  • 2020 & 2021 Recipients

    See how the Professional Development Fund has supported Tufts alumni with their career growth and professional development.

    Professional Development Fund 2020 & 2021 Recipients

Advancing Your Career

Young woman facing camera with quote over picture, "Thanks to a grant from  the Tufts Alumni  Professional Development  Fund, I was able to present my research characterizing men who never tested for HIV in sub-Saharan Africa at the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam."

With the help of the TUAA's Professional Development Fund, alumna Caitlin Quinn, A11 was able to present her research to her industry at the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam.  Caitlin was able to use the conference to not only present her research, but bring visibility to her area of study at this critical point in time. At the conference she gathered insights into the AIDS and HIV work of her research peers, as well as the cutting edge advances in her field. 

Of the opportunity the Professional Development Fund gave her, Caitlin had this to say: "Thanks to Tufts, my passion for global health began - and now, seven years after graduating, TUAA has invested in my development as a global health professional. I feel so privileged to be a lifelong member of the Tufts community, which continues to nurture and invest in the success of its alumni. This conference represents a point of growth in my career, which I could not have achieved without support from Tufts." 

Office of Alumni Engagement
Shaye Ellard