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Professional Development Program Nominations (2020-2021)

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020-2021 Professional Development Program (PDP). As one of the most successful career development programs, PDP is beginning its 26th year. The program assists the University in the development and retention of a highly skilled, diverse, and motivated professional staff. The program has a demonstrated record of enhancing skills, strengthening institutional loyalty, and broadening participants' knowledge of University affairs.

COVID-19 Update for 2020-2021 recruitment cycle: 

The application deadline for the 2020-2021 cohort has been extended to Friday, April 24, 2020. All applicants will be informed of any changes that may impact the traditional timeline and format of the program that is described below. Links to the digital applications, as well as a more information, are available on the PDP webpage.

The program features several components, including advanced skills training, mentoring, coaching, networking, and career assessment. Participants work with department sponsors on special projects of importance to UCLA, enabling them to demonstrate professional skills to campus leaders. Staff members at PSS Grades 2 - 6 and equivalent Advancement Officer 2-3/IT Professional 2-5 levels are eligible to participate and must receive departmental endorsement.

If you have any questions about PDP, contact Megan Eigenbrod, Training and Professional Development Coordinator at extension 4-0872, or via email at

Related Information

Participant Application

Supervisor Recommendation