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

Alec at IT Conference in San Francisco

Professional & Academic Development Fund Helps Alec Attend IT Security Conference

While I was one of the youngest attendees at the RSA Information Technology Security Conference in San Francisco, I certainly did not let that keep me from making the most of my time there. Click to read more about my experience.

Katie on Table Mountain

Katie Visits South Africa with Help from the Professional & Academic Development Fund

With support from the PAF Professional and Academic Development Fund, I had the opportunity to meet with high-level officials in South Africa as part of a study abroad for my degree program. Click to read more about my trip.