Carnegie Mellon University

CFA AI Up-skilling Fund

Artificial intelligence has rapidly changed the landscape of teaching, creative practice and research. In recognition of the impact of these new technologies, and the need for time and support for faculty and staff to fully engage with them, Dean Poole has created the College of Fine Arts Up-skilling Fund for AI.

Applications are open for any full time CFA faculty or staff member to apply for $5,000 in support of professional development and learning opportunities with AI.

The CFA AI Up-skilling Fund is a resource to support CFA faculty and staff as they increase their personal and professional knowledge of and skills with AI. Faculty and staff with all levels of experience are encouraged to apply, including those with limited to no prior knowledge of AI.

The fund will allocate $5,000 to selected faculty or staff to be used in learning and professional development opportunities in Academic Year 2024–2025.

Selection Criteria

  • Successful applicants must be full-time faculty or staff with primary appointments in the College of Fine Arts, and who are not on leave in AY 2024–2025
  • The funds must be used to directly support a learning, skill development or professional development opportunity for you.
  • Priority will be given to proposals that will also help advance the mission of the College in education, research or creative practice. This might include (but not limited to): covering your time to take a course (at CMU or elsewhere), time and travel to support attendance at a relevant residency, or time and travel to a workshop. Review example opportunities for more information.
  • The fund can be used to support summer support/activity pay for your time, travel, and other learning resources relevant to your proposed professional development. If you choose direct support through summer salary or activity pay, this will be subject to benefits and tax withholding.
  • All funds must be spent by June 30th, 2025.

The AI Up-skilling Fund isn’t a research fund or discretionary project fund. These funds are not intended for creative production or research (e.g. allocations for students, research assistants, project materials, etc. won't be supported).


  • May 10, 2024 | submissions open
  • May 17, 2024 | 1pm information session by zoom
  • May 29, 2024 | 5pm submissions due
  • May 31, 2024 | awards announced
  • August 1, 2024 | funds available
  • June 30, 2025 | funds must be spent


Your finished application will include:

  • A brief explanation of your current knowledge with AI (100 words, maximum).
  • A short proposal, including your up-skilling plan and how you expect to better engage with AI (250 words, maximum).
  • An itemized breakdown of how you plan to use the funds (e.g. summer support / activity pay, travel support or purchase of learning resources or materials).

Apply via Google Form by May 29, 2024 at 5pm. If you have any questions about the fund, please contact Daragh Byrne:

AI Up-skilling Jury Members

  • Jenn Joy Wilson
  • Golan Levin
  • Vernelle Noel
  • Nica Ross
  • Daragh Byrne

For questions, contact Daragh Byrne:

AY 2024–25 Recipients

Wayne Chung
Professor; Director of Undergraduate Studies
School of Design
Kristi Good
Assistant Professor
School of Drama
Annie Hui-Hsin Hseih
Assistant Teaching Professor
School of Music
Angelica Perez-Johnston
Associate Dean for DEI
College of Fine Arts
Azadeh O. Sawyer
Assistant Professor in Building Technology; Track Chair for Building Performance & Diagnostics
School of Architecture
Alexa Woloshyn
Cooper-Siegel Associate Professor of Musicology
School of Music
Alisha B Wormsley
Assistant Professor of Art
School of Art
Tommy CheeMou Yang
Special Faculty
School of Architecture