Family Friendly Grants
TRAVEL CHILDCARE AWARDS FOR ASSISTANT PROFESSORS
The office of Diversity & Faculty Development, in partnership with the Deans of the schools/divisions, is providing Travel Childcare Awards (TCA) for Regular Rank Assistant Professors who have 50% or more responsibility for childcare of children 12 years old and under. These Travel Childcare Awards are intended to help reduce some of the difficulty related to traveling to attend professional conferences, meetings, workshops or symposia.
Awards, in the amount of a $500 stipend are to be used to defray the costs of childcare, travel and registration fees for these professional development opportunities. In an academic’s life, the years immediately following the doctorate and the early years pre-tenure are critical for exposure and recognition of one’s research and solidifying one’s career objectives. These years, from the standpoint of the biological clock, are also prime childbearing years for women. This creates a great deal of stress and conflict for women who wish to pursue careers in academe and have a family. Some men — for example, single fathers — may experience similar obstacles. Travel Childcare Awards are intended to help relieve some of these issues.
Applications are now available for Travel Childcare Awards to cover travel between January 1 and June 30, 2015. In Fall 2015 applications will be available to cover travel occurring between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016. Awards will be made on a rolling basis and applications will be reviewed by the office for Diversity & Faculty Development and the Dean of the Division/School. Awards will be made based on need, importance of the meeting to the applicant’s career and the funding available. Up to five awards will be available in each Division/School.
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Family accommodation policies for childbearing and childrearing responsibilities are fundamental to an equitable and productive academic environment. The University of California's family accommodation policies and programs assist faculty and other academic appointees in balancing the needs of work and family. The policies related to childbearing and childrearing include:
“Active service-modified duties is a period during which normal duties are reduced so that an academic appointee may prepare for and/or care for a newborn child or a child under age five newly placed for adoption or foster care... Eligibility for a period of active service-modified duties shall normally extend from 3 months prior to 12 months following the birth or placement.”