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Course Reimbursement Program - Scripps Florida

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To help prepare trainees for a range of professional endeavors, the Scripps Florida Society of Research Fellows has funded a program to reimburse postdocs for the cost of specified professional development courses and networking events.

This program reimburses Scripps Florida postdocs' professional development course/registration fees of up to $150 per postdoc per year. Funding for this program is finite.  Therefore, if demand exceeds resources, applicants may only receive partial reimbursements for their courses.

Courses and Fees Eligible for Reimbursement

Eligible reimbursements include registration fees for pre-approved courses, networking events, or symposia pertaining to professional development.   

Courses and Fees Ineligible for Reimbursement

  • Fees for social events organized by the Society of Research Fellows.
  • Courses that end (i.e. the last day of the course) after termination of the postdoctoral appointment with TSRI.
  • Courses that start before the postdoc begins his or her postdoctoral appointment at TSRI.
  • Conferences or research training seminars.
  • Courses or events that take place outside of the United States.

Reimbursement Procedure

Submit a completed Course Reimbursement Form to the Career Development Chair no later than 4 weeks after the course or networking event ends.  Include:

  • Copy of course description/announcement and fees.
  • Itemized copy of receipt(s), cancelled check, or credit card statements to show payment for registration, required books, software, and/or other directly related course materials.
  • Proof of successful completion of the course: passing grade, certificate of completion, or instructor/organizer notation. For networking events, provide evidence of attendance (name badge, handouts, or copies of business cards of people you met)

Course Reimbursement Form


Q: How much will I get reimbursed?

A: You will be reimbursed for the actual cost of the course, up to $150 annually.  Note this is a maximum; your reimbursement may be lower, depending on the total demand for this program.

Q: What happens if the program runs out of funds?
A: There is a limited budget for the Course Reimbursement Program. If the annual program funds are depleted, or are in jeopardy of depletion, before the end of the fiscal year, the SRF and Career and Postdoctoral Services Office will update this webpage with new indiviudal reimbursement limits.

Q: Can I submit a reimbursement request if I already received a reimbursement for a different course?

A: Yes. For instance, postdocs can be reimbursed for the South Florida Lab Management & Leadership Symposium and the Insights to Industry Symposium in the same year, provided the combined total is under the $150 annual reimbursement limit. For the purpose of this program, a year is defined as October through September.

Q: When will I get my reimbursement check?

A: Generally within 2-4 weeks of submitting your form. 

Q: Can I get the check before I start the course?

A: No. This is a reimbursement program which is contingent upon completion of the course and submission of the form.

Q: Can I get reimbursed for a scientific seminar or conference?
A: No. If you are interested in attending a scientific conference, you should check out Scripps' Travel Award Program.  

Q: What if the course I want to take does not appear on the pre-approved list?
A: You can appeal the SRF executive committee to have your course added to the list. Email

Q: Can I get reimbursed for parking? 
No. Parking is not a reimbursable expense under this program.

Q: I missed the 4-week reimbursement window. Can I still get reimbursed?