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.
The Unit 3 Professional Development Fund reimbursement amount has been increased to $400 per academic year per eligible member.  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.

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