Advising Innovation and Professional Development Grants

The Academic Advising Innovation and Professional Development Grant Program is designed to support initiatives that will enrich the academic advising experiences of undergraduate students and enhance the ability of academic advisors to meet the needs of a growing diverse undergraduate student population at Iowa State University.   The program will encourage and support the development of innovative advising related programs or the expansion of best practices across the institution. The funding can be used to support creative programs at the departmental, college, or university level  Funding is available for either one-time programming/expenses or as seed money to stimulate additional funding from other sources for longer-term initiatives.  Application deadline: rolling deadline, with review every two months (January, March, May, July, September, November).


Examples of initiatives eligible for funding might include:

  • Developing new faculty mentoring model
  • Creating targeted advising programs for distinct populations (e.g. second-year students, international students, etc.)
  • Offering unique professional development for advisors to meet changing student needs
  • Developing new programming and collaborations between student affairs and a college office
  • Assisting faculty advisors in developing scholarship of teaching and learning associated with academic advising
  • Invitation of nationally known speaker on advising
  • Supporting conference presentations by advisors


Innovation Grant proposals may be submitted by ISU faculty or staff, as individuals or as teams.  However, at least one of the participants is required to have undergraduate academic advising responsibilities.  Collaborative proposals are encouraged, including proposals that indicate partnerships between academic departments and other units on campus.  

Professional Development Grant applications are for individual advisors employed full-or part-time at Iowa State University (graduate students on assistantship or practicum are not eligible).

For questions about grant eligibility or the application process, contact