Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grants


Focus of Grant

These grants will provide support for Dalhousie educators who are interested in developing a project that studies, assesses, and/or evaluates the impact of a particular research question on students’ learning. This might include, but not be limited to, the development of new or revised initiatives, programs, courses, use or creation of open educational resources (OER), and/or methods/activities/assessments in teaching and learning.

The goals of this grant program include:

  • Enhancing the learning experience of students at Dalhousie University.
  • Developing interest in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
  • Producing educational resources
  • Producing research studies founded in systematic and rigorous scholarly work
  • Encouraging the dissemination and sharing of research on teaching and learning, locally and/or through presentations/publications to the higher education community.


Full-time Dalhousie faculty. To ensure the long-term sustainability of the project, non-academic staff and part-time or sessional faculty members may be co-applicants but each project team must include at least one full-time faculty member. Limited-term faculty must have at least one year remaining in their contract term.

Amount of Award

Up to $3,000 may be awarded to each project.


  1. Project Plan Form. (See checklist and template below.)
  2. A detailed budget is required (where salaries are submitted 4% vacation pay should be added). Please note any additional resources (e.g. funding, release time, equipment etc.) that will be provided to the project from other sources.
  3. If you are planning to seek assistance from CLT staff as part of your project (e.g., support of online course design from an instructional designer), please seek confirmation in writing that assistance will be available with key staff member(s) during the time frame required, to submitting your proposal.
  4. If necessary, a statement of intention to seek approval for the proposed research project from the Dalhousie Research Ethics Board or confirmation that approval has been received. (NB: If your grant is successful but requires ethics approval, funding will not be released until proof of approval has been received.)
  5. Statement of support from the head of the relevant teaching unit (department, school, faculty). If a department head is an applicant for the grant, please provide a letter of support from your Associate Dean or Dean of your Faculty. Statement of support must include:
    1. Description of any additional resources (e.g., funding, release time, equipment, etc.) to be provided to the project.
    2. Description of the value of the project, in particular the pedagogical impact on students and the contribution the project will make to the and learning literature.
  6. A final report will be required 18 months after receipt of funding for all successful grants, detailing the results of the research (500-1,000 words).  Please notify CLT of publications and presentations that result from any funded project. Submission of articles to CLT’s Focus Newsletter or submission to present on the SoTL research at the Dalhousie Conference on University Teaching and Learning is encouraged.

Funding will be provided to support the following:

  • Research Assistants (preference given to Dalhousie students)
  • Project Coordinators
  • Participant incentives
  • Focus group food/snacks where necessary
  • Modest amounts for focus group participant compensation or participant survey draw (e.g. gift certificate)
  • Technology (hardware/software) where it contributes substantially to the project and no other technology is available or appropriate (provide justification)

Funding will NOT be provided for the following items:

  • Conferences: registration, travel, accommodation
  • Technology already available elsewhere, or where alternative is available
  • Office supplies
  • Phone charges
  • Publishing fees
  • Faculty and staff salaries
  • Funding will not be provided for evaluations that would normally be undertaken within the established processes of a department or faculty
**NB: Projects that submit budgets that are largely requesting funds to purchase technology will only be considered in special circumstances where research has been conducted to ensure that the tool is the only possible solution, that the tool can be demonstrated to contribute substantially to the project, that there are no institutional plans to consider a Dalhousie-wide site licence for such a tool, and if the department or Faculty is able to commit to maintaining the tool to ensure continued use and impact.

Submission Check-List

Applicants are encouraged to submit well-defined proposals that will demonstrably enhance teaching and learning.   

To be submitted as part of the grant application, using the SoTL Grant Application form.

  1. Names of project lead and co-applicant(s), employment status of project lead, Faculty/Department, contact information, and brief bio (as it relates to the nature of the project)
  2. Project Title
  3. Brief Abstract (150 words)
  4. Project Plan (Not to exceed 2000 words)
    1. Your research question.
    2. Outline the need for, or significance of, the project. (i.e., outline the pedagogical impact on students and the contribution the project will make to the teaching and learning literature).
    3. Note the student population/sample affected and the impact this project will have on those students.
    4. Literature review/support from the literature/contribution of project to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
    5. Overview of Methods/Methodology (e.g., research design, recruitment of study participants, approach to and tools for data collection) with a rationale/justification for their use
    6. If using a survey, focus groups, or interviews, include in an appendix sample questions that clearly relate to the research question being explored
    7. Timeline of project.
    8. Dissemination plan.
    9. Bibliography.

The following must be appended to your SoTL Grant Application form:

  • Ethics – Statement of Approval or Intent to Seek Approval (where necessary)
  • Indication that primary applicant has reviewed and understands the following Dalhousie REB documents
    • Research Ethics Board User Guide to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (
    • Guidelines for differentiating between research, program evaluation, and quality assurance (
  • Teaching unit support - Letter from Head of department
  • Detailed Budget

Submission Process

  • Grant application requirements must be submitted as one full package, one of two ways:
  • Electronic submission applications can be emailed to: 
  • Hard copy submission applications can be delivered to: Centre for Learning and Teaching, Killam Library, Suite G90

Selection Criteria

  • The project clearly articulates a research question/issue.
  • The project includes appropriate methods and examples of data collection tools for investigating the research question/issue.
  • The project provides evidence that it is informed by the existing literature.
  • The applicant has clearly articulated how this project will impact student learning.
  • The proposed budget is fully justified and in line with the aims and timeline of the project.
  • The applicant provides a plan for dissemination within and/or beyond Dalhousie University.
  • The project has the support of the applicant's Dean or Department Head.

Any questions or requests for feedback on proposals in development may be directed to:

Suzanne Le-May Sheffield, Ph.D.
Centre for Learning and Teaching
Tel: (902) 494-1894 | Email: Suzanne.Sheffield@Dal.Ca