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Colleges and universities that are members of NetVUE are committed to campus activities that encourage vocational exploration by students. Many NetVUE campus leaders have observed, however, that supplemental funding at even modest levels to support opportunities for the professional development of staff and faculty members would enable their institutions to strengthen vocational exploration programming. In an era of careful institutional budgeting, institutional operating funds are not always available for such professional development opportunities. NetVUE Professional Development Awards seek to address this need.

NetVUE Professional Development Awards may be requested in amounts ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 for use over one year for professional development activities that enhance the knowledge, skills, and expertise of faculty and staff members who play important roles in undergraduate vocational initiatives. The purpose of this initiative is to deepen the capacity of those who lead the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation on NetVUE member campuses. Funds may be used for a range of purposes, but not to substitute for faculty and staff costs that the institution is presently providing for its vocational exploration activities. Grant funds could, for example, provide materials, expenses for travel and/or meals, and modest stipends. Certain expenses are ineligible for grant support; for details, please consult the PDFGrant Budget Guidelines. In general, grants should be used to offset one-time costs of professional development activities.

This initiative is administered by CIC with generous support from Lilly Endowment Inc.

Current Status

In July 2014, Professional Development Awards were granted to the following NetVUE members: Augustana College (IL), Fairfield University, Ferrum College, Hendrix College, Hope College, Manchester University, Marian University (IN), Samford University, Seattle Pacific University, St. Norbert College, University of the Ozarks, and Valparaiso University.
In July 2015, Professional Development Awards were granted to the following NetVUE members: Avila University, Bethany College (KS), Bluffton University, Calvin College, Carthage College, Catawba College, Columbia College (SC), Earlham College, Edgewood College, Elmhurst College, Grand View University, Lindsey Wilson College, Malone University, Northwest Christian University, Pacific Lutheran University, Pfeiffer University, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Trinity Christian College, University of Saint Francis (IN), Warren Wilson College, and Wartburg College.
In July 2016, Professional Development Awards were granted to the following NetVUE members: Albion College, Bellarmine University, Belmont University, Dominican University (IL), Dordt College, Lewis University (IL), Point Loma Nazarene University, Schreiner University, Simpson College (IA), and University of Saint Mary (KS).

In July 2017, Professional Development Awards were granted to the following NetVUE members: Aurora University, Azusa Pacific University, Bay Path University, Bennett College, Concordia University-St. Paul, Eckerd College, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Gordon College, Goshen College, Hastings College, Heritage University, LeMoyne College, Maryville College, Marywood University, Mount St. Mary's University (MD), Muskingum University, Our Lady of the Lake University, Saint Mary's College (IN), Southern Adventist University, St. Thomas University (FL), Susquehanna University, Thiel College, Transylvania University, University of Mount Union, Ursuline College, Viterbo University, and Wesleyan College (GA).

In July 2018, Professional Development Awards were granted to the following NetVUE members: Assumption College, Austin College (TX), Fontbonne University, Lipscomb University, Mount Mary University (WI), and Ouachita Baptist University.

In July 2019, Professional Development Awards were granted to the following NetVUE members: Andrews University, Blackburn College, Bryn Athyn College, Central Methodist University, Coe College, College of the Ozarks (MO), D'Youville College, Eastern Mennonite University, Friends University, Harding University, Illinois Wesleyan University, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Loras College, Loyola Marymount University, Messiah College, Morningside College, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, North Park University, Ohio Dominican University, Pepperdine University, Roanoke College, Rochester University, Saint Vincent College, Salve Regina University, Spring Hill College, Tabor College, University of Dubuque, and University of San Diego.


Grants will be awarded based on proposals that explain (a) the professional development needs and their relationship to the ongoing vocational exploration program of the institution, (b) the purpose and plan of proposed activities, and (c) the ways this NetVUE-supported program would enhance the institution’s capacity to support vocational exploration and discernment efforts after the grant period.

To submit an application, please refer to the invitation and online application form:

The application deadline is March 20, 2020.


All NetVUE member colleges and universities are eligible to apply for funding, provided that they will not be recipients of a NetVUE Vocation across the Academy Grant or Program Development Grant during the 2020–2021 academic year, and that any previously-held NetVUE Professional Development Award was concluded by June 30, 2015.
This is the seventh annual round of selection for NetVUE Professional Development Awards. In the first six rounds, CIC awarded grants to 103 NetVUE member institutions. Up to 30 NetVUE member institutions may receive awards in this round. The application deadline for the seventh round is March 20, 2020. Decisions will be announced by June 15, 2020, with funds dispersed soon thereafter. Funds may be used between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021.

Contact Information

If you have questions about the grant application, please contact Lynn Hunnicutt,  assistant director of NetVUE, at or (253) 535-7644, or David Cunningham, director of NetVUE, at or (616) 395-6750.