Professional Development Subsidy


Professional Development Subsidy

Applications for funding can be submitted by Lassonde Students and recognized Lassonde affiliated student Clubs and Organizations. The approval of an application for funding depends upon the availability of the fund and the established priority in relation to other requests. Please note that the funding from Lassonde may only partially cover the amount requested.

Please ensure to provide adequate detail regarding the professional development opportunity such as cost of the registration, accommodation, type and cost of transportation, other personal costs, and any other funding that you may be receiving. A funding application is required for pre-approval especially if your participation is contingent on the funding from the Lassonde School of Engineering.  Applicants are required to submit all original receipts (e.g. boarding passes, tickets, registration confirmations) as soon as the activity has occurred. This should be provided within two weeks from the date of the activity. You will only be reimbursed after the professional development opportunity has occurred and you have submitted all documents required. 

It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide all post-event documents and follow up on the status of your applicantion to ensure timely reimbursement. 

 What we DO fund:

  • Travel costs (Ontario and depending on funding outside of Ontario)

  • Accommodation costs

  • Conference registration fees

  • Competition fees

 What we DO NOT fund:

  • Requests with an incomplete or otherwise unsatisfactory application

  • Requests to support technical or non-technical supplies

  • Food

  • Activities that could otherwise be funded through our other programs will not be considered for professional development funding.

  • Requests from applicants which are not Lassonde affiliated clubs or individuals

  • Requests which contain numerous questionable expenses such as excessive food, excessive travel or accommodation costs, alcohol, luxury items, or items restricted by Lassonde/York University policies.

Documents Required (Pre-Approval)

  1. Professional Development Funding Application Form

  2. Letter of Intent -  Explaining the purpose and use of funding. How you will benefit from this opportunity and how the Lassonde community may benefit from your experience.

  3. Attach your estimated/actual budget for the conference with detailed notes for anything relevant to this application.

  4. Include any supporting letters from Faculty members

**Section 3. Please provide the Funding Committee with a clear outline of the expenses necesssary to attend or participate in this Professional Development opportunity. Your Budget should include detailed notes to aid the funding committee in their evaluation. Be specific and precise to avoid any discrepancies. Applicants must also Include other sources of funding expected or available to you which will also support your attendance or participation (e.g. other funding applications, fundraising revenue, awards, grants or donations) 

 Documents Required (Post-Approval)

  1. Signed Copy of your funding approval letter provided by the Funding Committee.

 Documents Required (Post-Event) 

  1. One page report summarizing your experience at the event, conference or competition which the funding was used for you to attend.

  2. Claim for Reimbursement through Concur. For instructions, email or visit the virtual front desk. 

  3. A copy of the conference, event or competition agenda or program of events. 

  4. An updated budget for the event with all final costs included with all original expense receipts attached.

  5. Any additional documents (e.g. endorsements, other secured funding).

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

If you have any questions please contact or visit our Virtual Front Desk via Zoom 

Virtual Front Desk Hours: Monday - Friday from 9:00am - 4:00pm