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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.

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

Current Status

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 develop campus conversations about vocation and to deepen the capacity of those who lead vocational exploration efforts at NetVUE member institutions. 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.

In July 2014, awards were given to 12 NetVUE campuses. PDFView summaries of the 2014 professional development initiatives.

In July 2015, an additional 20 NetVUE campuses received awards. PDFView summaries of the 2015 professional development initiatives.

In July 2016, an additional 10 NetVUE campuses received awards. PDFView summaries of the 2016 professional development initiatives.

In July 2017, an additional 27 NetVUE campuses received awards. PDFView summaries of the 2017 professional development initiatives.

In July 2018, an additional 6 NetVUE campuses received awards. PDFView summaries of the 2018 professional development initiatives.

In July 2019, an additional 28 NetVUE campuses received awards. PDFView summaries of the 2019 professional development initiatives.

In July 2020, an additional 26 NetVUE campuses received awards. PDFView summaries of the 2020 professional development initiatives.


Grants will be awarded based on proposals that explain (a) the purpose and goals of the proposed activities and their relationship to the ongoing vocational exploration program of the institution, (b) the extent of institutional support for vocational exploration efforts to date, if any, (c) the proposed enhancements to the program, and (d) the ways in which the NetVUE-supported program would be sustained by the institution after the grant period.

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

Applications for the current round of NetVUE Professional Development Awards are due by April 16, 2021.


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, 2016.
This is the eighth annual round of selection for NetVUE Professional Development Awards. In the first seven rounds, CIC awarded grants to 129 NetVUE member institutions. Up to 30 NetVUE member institutions may receive awards in this round. Decisions will be announced by June 15, 2021, with funds dispersed soon thereafter. Funds may be used between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022.

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.