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.  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.

U of T Censure Update **May 6, 2021**

In solidarity with Professor Azarova and in support of CAUT’s imposing censure on the University of Toronto, any requests for funds or reimbursements for speaking engagements, activities, or conference participation for any events at or affiliated with the University of Toronto are no longer eligible expenses for reimbursement under CUPE Local 3906’s Professional Development Funds for both Sessional Faculty and Post Doctoral Fellows. This policy will remain in place until CAUT’s call for censure has been resolved to their satisfaction.

Further, we strongly encourage members of all three of our bargaining units to respect the call for censure and refrain from attending or participating in events being held at the U of T.


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