First Deadline: Thursday, September 9, 2021; review of submissions will begin September 10; however, further requests will be accepted and reviewed, funding and eligibility permitting.
The DPS's Susan Niebur Professional Development Fund provides financial assistance to qualifying members in order to facilitate their meeting attendance by offsetting costs for child care, elder care, spousal care, etc. at the meeting location or at home during the DPS conference. In response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the DPS annual meeting in 2021 (like the 2020 meeting) will be held as a virtual meeting. However, this does not eliminate dependent care needs for some DPS members, and in fact may increase the needs of the DPS membership as some schools or care facilities may not be open or may involve reduced hours. Therefore, the DPS Committee has reiterated its commitment to the support of DPS members who need some form of dependent care for them to 'attend' DPS. Maximum grant sizes in the past have typically been around $250, but for the 2021 meeting are not yet set, and will be partly driven by the number of requests received and the size of the requests; there is some expectation that the number of requests may go up, while the average requested amount may be lower. Please note: eligibility is limited to DPS members at any level (determined at the time of the DPS meeting); if you are not currently a member, there is still time to join!
To apply, please fill in and submit the form below. This information will be used by the DPS Professional Development Subcommittee to determine eligibility for dependent care subsidies to assist a member attend the virtual DPS 2021 meeting, but will otherwise be kept confidential.
Please direct questions to DPS.Dependent.Grant@aas.org.