Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) Grant

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Clarity and specificity of research question(s) and literature review;
  • Appropriateness of methodology;
  • Expected outcomes are defined and achievable;
  • Scholarly significance and potential impact; and
  • The project’s feasibility within the projected timeline and budget.


Up to $2,500 (CAD) may be awarded.

Eligible and Ineligible Expenses

Applicants may propose using funds to provide incentives for participants, hire research assistants, materials and supplies, costs associated with dissemination of findings (e.g., travel, conferences, art or multimedia, etc.).

Grant funds used to pay research assistants must adhere to all University policies and procedures, including those pertaining to wage rates, vacation pay, and appropriate benefits. For more information, please consult the University of Guelph’s Human Resources, Employee Groups and Agreements.

Ineligible expenses include the purchase of equipment, journal subscriptions, and professional memberships

Additional Requirements

Successful applicants will attest to the following as part of the application process:

  • The Hub for Teaching and Learning Excellence may request a brief progress report in the first six months of receiving the grant;
  • A final report (max. 1000 words) that includes research findings and financial statement as to how the grant was expended is electronically submitted to the Hub for Teaching and Learning Excellence (;
  • Recognition of this funding source, when appropriate, will be acknowledged in the dissemination of material resulting from this project; and
  • Project abstracts will be posted on the CSAHS website.

Application Form

Online Application Includes:

Part A: Applicant Information

  • Full Name
  • Position
  • Department
  • Email
  • Telephone Number

Part B: Research Proposal

  • Description
  • Research Question(s)
  • Literature Review
  • Methodology
  • Expected Outcome(s)
  • Timeline
  • Evaluation Plan
  • Ethics Approval (if applicable)

Part C: Budget

  • Total Funds Requested
  • Itemized Breakdown
  • Budget Justification