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 co-chaired by the APSC Dean and the EUS President. All PAF funded activities must be in support of this mandate.

PAF collects fees from all undergraduate UBC Engineering students each fall. Only currently enrolled undergraduate UBC Engineering students may benefit from the fund.

The Professional Activities Fund Guidelines have been updated for the 2021/2022 cycle. Please read through them carefully before applying.

General PAF Criteria

All applications must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be student-run and organized, and have a clear goal.
  • The application must be separate from engineering curriculum but must be related to the profession of engineering. It must support the professional development of undergraduate UBC engineering students.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled undergraduate UBC Engineering students within the PAF fiscal cycle of application.
  • At least 75% of the beneficiaries of the application must be currently enrolled undergraduate UBC Engineering students. If it is possible to distinguish direct costs per beneficiary (such as in the case of travel), PAF will only provide funding for currently enrolled undergraduate UBC Engineering students.
  • Applications for a single initiative may only be funded through one category of PAF (ex: cannot apply for both Travel & Conferences and Projects).
  • PAF does not provide funding for initiatives outside of its fiscal cycle (Sept 1st – Aug 31st). PAF will not fund applications that project “carryover”, produce any profit, or intend to run a deficit.
  • PAF does not fund organizations. PAF will provide funding for specific projects or travel, which may be applied on behalf of an organization.
  • PAF does not accept applications for previous fiscal cycles.
  • PAF does not fund academic bursaries, awards, grants.
  • Applicants are responsible for providing final reports on the progress of their application. All funding will be disbursed through the APSC Finance Office (finance@apsc.ubc.ca). Claims require itemized receipts and must be signed by the primary applicant.

PAF Categories

PAF is broken into three primary categories: Annual Faculty Requests, Travel & Conferences and Projects. These are described in detail on their respective pages and in the PAF Guidelines. The flow chart below is intended to help applicants identify which category best fits their request.