How to apply

Eligibility for Teaching and Learning Development Grants

Anyone holding a continuing or limited term faculty appointment, (i.e., SFUFA membership), at Simon Fraser University is eligible to hold a Teaching and Learning Development Grant (TLDG). Adjunct professors, sessional instructors or SFU staff members may be co-applicants.

Application process

TLDG projects are funded on a continuous basis, with no specific application deadlines and limited only by the allocated funds for each year. Grants are not awarded on a competitive basis. All faculty who are willing to go through the proposal development process and adhere to guidelines in conducting the project and final reporting, will be given funding. Note that project proposals must be finalized within six months after attending a proposal development workshop.

Grants are generally up to $5,000, however proposals for two consecutive phases of a project of up to $5,000 each may be developed at one time, with the release of funding for the second phase contingent upon completion of the first phase and submission of an interim report. The intent of these grants is to allow faculty members to identify questions about teaching and learning of particular interest to them, to apply the findings of their investigation directly to their teaching and to share their findings with SFU colleagues.

Proposals may be submitted by one or more faculty members; SFU staff members are encouraged to participate as co-applicants.

Please follow these steps:

1. Complete the initial form for the appropriate workshop and email it to (be sure to send from an SFU email account). The form asks you to indicate the question(s) you would like to investigate and to confirm your attendance at one of the sets of proposal development workshops (each workshop involves two 2-hour sessions). Workshop dates can be found here >>.

2. At the first workshop session, be prepared to:

  • discuss your ideas with other faculty and workshop facilitators
  • turn ideas into research questions
  • start working on a draft your TLDG project proposal

3. At the second workshop session, be prepared to:

  • present a draft of your TLDG project proposal
  • receive and act on feedback intended to further strengthen the proposal
  • refine the budget request

4. TLDG project proposals must adhere to criteria and guidelines found in the Project Proposal Template document. Templates are located on the Handouts & Forms Page. Once the proposal is finalized, the funding to carry out the project will be provided. Contact with any questions.

Expectations of all TLDG funding recipients

  • Submit project proposals requiring ethics approval to the SFU Office of Research Ethics for approval, if necessary. The ISTLD has worked out a separate process for TLDG projects. More information on TLDG projects & ethics >>
  • Submit a final report upon completion of the project (3-4 page written report).
  • Share the findings of the project locally to interested departmental or faculty colleagues (e.g., presentation to colleagues, brown bag discussion session, content on departmental/faculty website etc.).