PAF 101

The Professional Activities Fund (PAF) exists to enhance professional development activities in the engineering undergraduate program at UBC Vancouver. It is designed to support co-curricular activities and projects that lie outside of, yet are complementary to, the engineering curriculum.


PAF is divided into four categories:

  1. Annual Faculty Requests
  2. Travel & Conferences
  3. New Projects
  4. Recurring Projects



For projects to be eligible for PAF funding, they must meet the following criteria:

  • The project must be student-run and organized, and have a clear goal
  • The project must lie outside the engineering curriculum
  • Recipients must be enrolled in Engineering
  • The project must be directly related to the field of engineering
  • The project must support the professional development of engineering students
  • Projects shall only apply to one category of PAF
  • Groups must consist of at least 75% engineering students
  • Must not budget for carryover into future years


The following restrictions apply to organizations:

  • PAF does not fund organizations, only projects
  • Organizations may only be granted funding for 5 PAF projects per year


In addition, the following criteria apply to Design Projects:

  • Groups must have secured a Faculty Advisory
  • Groups must be listed as an Engineering Design Team and be open to new members.


September Applications open. Travel and Conference applications begin to be approved on a rolling basis.
October 21 Recurring Student Requests and Term 1 New Project applications close.
Late October/Early November:

Funding Committee reviews new projects and recurring student requests, forwards recommendation to PAF Governance Board.

PAF Governance Board meets to approve funding requests and set funding envelopes.

January 31 Applications for Term 2 New Projects close.
March PAF Funding Annual Report is provided at Student Advisory Council for feedback; PAF Governance Board discusses feedback and provides recommendations for next year.
August 31 Last day for expenditure claims & final reports for all activities.