COVID-19 Relief Fund
Faculty Welfare Committee


Closed for Accepting Applications


Amount: Up to $500 maximum per award

Total Amount in Fund: $70,000

Key Dates:

Proposal Due Date: April 16, 2021. No exceptions will be made.
Applicants notified of decision by end of May/early June.


The COVID Relief Fund is intended to give faculty members some relief from the challenges resulting from COVID.


  1. UCSF faculty appointment must be at 50% or greater
  2. Awards are limited to $500.

Application Process:

Applicants must submit a PDF with a brief statement (1-2 paragraphs) explaining how COVID adversely impacted them and how they would use an award of up to $500 for professional purposes.

The Committee on Faculty Welfare will use the application statements to understand how COVID has impacted faculty and to advocate on behalf of faculty. The Committee will not use faculty members’ names unless permission is granted. However, the committee may use examples from the statements. Please keep this in mind as you prepare statements.

Additionally, please keep in mind that your application must propose a professional use for the award. If, for example, COVID increased your dependent care costs, you may explain that in your statement, but the award cannot be used for dependent care. The Committee on Faculty Welfare wants these awards to be flexible, but they must be used for a work-related purpose and will be deposited in a 5000 fund. Examples include paying for statistician time, grant review, additional office supplies, cleaning supplies, or PPE. Additionally, this year, you may request funding for office equipment for home use.

If the number of eligible applications exceeds the available funding, a lottery will be used to select who receives funding.

Please click here for access to the online application.

Contact: Kristie Tappan

  • Additional Information
  • 1. Financial Plan – Budget Overview (2020-2021)
  • 2. Comments from Previous FAR Fund Recipients: SOM | SOD, SON & SOP
  • 3. Comments from Faculty Learning and Development Fund Recipients: SOD
  • Notice
  • Funding, submission rules, eligibility criteria, and other requirements are subject to change for each Chancellor's Fund cycle.
  • Be sure to review the website after every “Call for Applications” is launched to learn the updates and prepare your application accordingly.