Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grant

SoTL 2020 Submission Deadline Extended to April 17th


Update: Given the current restrictions that COVID-19 might place on the SoTL application process, emails can be used In lieu of signed letters of support.

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) outlines the processes that we engage in when “asking and answering questions about students’ learning in ways that can improve one’s own classroom and also advance the larger profession of teaching”.    (Huber and Hutchings, 2005, p.1)

The goal of the SoTL grant is to provide financial support for a research project that aims to improve our understanding of student learning and the practice of teaching by:

  • Conducting a scholarly examination into a meaningful question about student learning and associated teaching activities
  • Gathering and analyzing evidence on factors that affect the teaching - learning experience
  • Disseminating the findings publicly for peer-reviewed bodies of knowledge (disciplinary and non-disciplinary)

The SoTL grant is intended to encourage and support inquiry related to teaching and learning at the University of Guelph, whereas the Learning Enhancement Fund (LEF), focuses on the application of innovative strategies in teaching and learning.

Additional information about Educational Reseach and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning is available at “What is Educational Research”.

The Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL) and the Associate Vice-President (Academic) invite

full-time faculty, staff and academic librarians to apply to the

 2020 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grant.


New for 2020

Submissions must use the downloadable proposal form and budget template.

Please submit the signed, completed proposal and budget templates electronically, to the A.V.P.A.’s office no later than 4:00pm April 17th, 2020.

We welcome and look forward to new SoTL grant applicants.

SoTL Grant proposal budgets will be considered up to a maxium of $10,000

Adjudication of SoTL Proposals

All proposals are made anonymous and peer-reviewed by the adjudication committee. The committee is comprised of: the Associate Vice-President (Academic) or designate (Chair), a representative of OTL, two faculty members, a teaching award winner, and a graduate student.  

Proposals are evaluated based on the criteria outlined in the submission guidelines.


Successful SoTL Proposals

Applicants will be notified of a decision in May 2020.

Projects are intended to run over a 12-month period. Successful applicants will be required to provide the following during the project timeframe:

  • Month 1-3 - An abstract of no more than 100 words for marketing purposes
  • Month 12 - A budget update and brief report on project (template will be emailed)
  • Post – project 
  • A presentation at the annual Teaching and Learning Innovations Conference
  • Attendance at the awards reception at the annual Teaching and Learning Innovations Conference
  • We also encourage publication or further dissemination at conferences (discipline specific or otherwise)


Proposal Form and Budget Template are attached below

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