PAF Academic and Professional Development Fund

The PAF Academic and Professional Development Fund, started in 2013, supports current PAFs seeking experientially-oriented professional and academic development conference and training opportunities outside the university to complement their academic programs and their GW placement and leadership experiences. 

PAFs who are recipients of the fund must submit a statement describing the conference, its relevance to their professional development and if they would recommend it to future students. Recipients also discuss their experience with other PAFs at a weekly meeting.

To date, the PAF Academic and Professional Development Fund has supported over 14 requests to attend a variety of professional conferences and development experiences. Below are a few examples:

Make a donation to support future professional development experiences for PAFs and include "PAF Academic & Professional Development Fund" in the "other" category.

How PAFs use the Fund

Max Victory

Max Attends Victory Institute’s 32nd International LGBT Leaders Conference

With the support of the PAF Academic and Professional Development Fund, Max attended Victory Institute’s International LGBT Leaders Conference..

Zinhle in South Africa

Summer Abroad in South Africa

This summer, with the support of the PAF program’s Professional and Academic Development Fund, I studied abroad in South Africa. I curated an independent course where explored cultural diversity theory and expression.

Chelsea at Women's Leadership Conference

Building Healthy Lives: 16th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference

On Friday, April 1, Chelsea attend the 16th annual Women’s Leadership Conference (WLC) on the Mount Vernon Campus thanks to financial support from the PAF Professional and Academic Development Fund. This year’s conference focused on “Building Healthy Lives.” Click to read more about Chelsea’s experience.

Kelsey at MW Conference in LA

#MWXX Invades L.A. - Museums and the Web 2016

During the second week in April, Kelsey attended the 20th annual Museums and the Web Conference in Los Angeles to learn how museums are utilizing technology and new media. Not only was Kelsey a volunteer at the event, she was also a graduate student speaker. Click to read more about how Kelsey’s speech caught the museum tech community’s attention.

Interviewing in China

With the support from the PAF Professional and Academic Development Fund, Yuxuan to traveled to China from March 15 to April 1 to and attend the assessment round of a job selection process in Hong Kong. She said that the intensive interviewing process was a great learning experience. Click to read more about Yuxuan’s trip.