We are now accepting applications electronically for Professional Development Funds until further notice. Please e-mail your application in one document to your benefits officer at
In 2017, the Union won a new fund for Postdoctoral Fellows–a Professional Development Fund.  In our most recent round of contract negotiations, we won improvements to this fund.
*NEW JAN 2022* The Unit 3 Professional Development Fund reimbursement amount has been temporarily increased to $600 per academic year per eligible member (until August 31, 2022).  Only eligible expenses incurred while working as a CUPE 3906 Unit 3 member will be reimbursed up to the maximum academic yearly amount.  Please make sure to submit claims within a timely manner (e.g., within 60 days of the expense being incurred), and submit expenses incurred between September 1 and August 31 within the same academic year (i.e., Sept 1-Aug 31) when possible.  The Fund has been expanded to include Research Journal Subscriptions, Leadership Development courses, and Language courses as eligible expenses.  For more information, please contact your benefits officer at

The fund currently covers expenses related to:

  • conference participation
  • professional association fees
  • academic books
  • research journal subscriptions
  • leadership development courses
  • Research Journal Subscriptions
  • Leadership Development courses, and
  • Language courses as eligible expenses.
UPDATE: DECEMBER 7, 2021– We are pleased to learn that the Faculty Association at the University of Manitoba has reached a tentative agreement with their Employer. As of December 7, 2021, we will be accepting applications related to costs associated with conferences, course, etc., at the University of Manitoba until further notice.


Please note that the censure that CAUT imposed on the University of Toronto on April 22, 2021, was paused on September 17, 2021. The Benefits Committee will once again reimburse expenses from U of T events so long as the event did not occur during the CAUT censure. More information about the censure can be found at



You must currently be working as a CUPE 3906 Unit 3 Postdoc at McMaster to access the funds.

For additional information, please contact our Benefits Officer at