Professional & Organizational Development

POD Scholarships

To improve access to career and professional development for University of Washington employees, Professional & Organizational Development is now offering a scholarship program. 

Who is eligible

Scholarships are open to permanent, benefits-eligible staff who have been employed at the UW for at least six months, with priority given to classified staff and professional staff grades 5–9 since staff in these groups may face more challenges with career pathing and advancement at the UW.

We encourage you to apply for a POD scholarship if:

  • Your department has limited funds for training. 
  • You’re reluctant to ask your department to pay for classes beyond the scope of your current job. 
  • Your position is classified (union represented) or is professional staff grades 5-9. 
  • You are a permanent, benefits-eligible employee who has been employed at the UW for at least six months.

Note: Professional staff in higher grades may be eligible for Professional Staff Organization scholarships. 

How the program works

A limited number of scholarships will be available each quarter. Each scholarship awarded will cover the full cost of a specific POD class of your choosing.  

Please note:

  • You may receive a maximum of two (2) scholarships per calendar year. 
  • POD scholarships apply only to POD’s quarterly classes, not to classes offered through Continuum College or other organizations or institutions. POD may also open the scholarship to specific POD events in the future.  
  • Even if you’re awarded a POD scholarship, you may still need your supervisor’s approval to attend classes that take place during your regular working hours. Learn more about release time for training. 

View current POD offerings. Registration for spring 2023 classes opens on February 21. 

How to apply
  • Click here to complete a form to apply for the scholarship. 
  • Once you complete the form, you will receive an email confirming that we have received your application.   
  • If you are awarded a scholarship, we will register you for the course you requested (as long as space is available). You will receive an automated course registration email and an email from confirming that you have been awarded a scholarship and registered for that course.  
  • If we are not able to offer you a scholarship, you will be informed via an email from the UWHR DEI Team, and you will need to register for the course with funds from another source.  
  • Please note that you’re applying for funds for a specific class. You can find class descriptions and schedules in our online catalog. Please allow ample processing time between applying for funds and the registration cutoff date. 

 Questions? Please send an email to