Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Awards

Internal SoTL Awards

(Application process reopened as of November 2021)

Engaging in scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) research is an excellent way for faculty to improve their teaching and curricula through systematic inquiry into their teaching practices in their own courses; it also provides an opportunity for faculty to provide evidence of effective teaching and, through dissemination of their research, to widen their sphere of influence. We seek to make undertaking SoTL research easy for faculty. To this end, we are offering the following accessible project development and grant program, designed to support TRU SoTL work: 

SoTL Scholars Grant Program

Whether you are an experienced SoTL researcher or just starting with SoTL, this 12-month grant program offers up to $2000 to support SoTL research projects. It is designed for SoTL researchers with any level of experience, ranging from those who are novice to those who have previously completed projects and who may not need assistance in all areas of project development or ethics applications.

Those who are new to SoTL will be asked to join the SoTL SPARK community of practice to get started with their research; support, via CELT and other coaching, will include regular gatherings and annual retreats so that early SoTL researchers can find both group and individualized support when refining their research question, designing their study, applying for ethics approval, collecting and analyzing data, and disseminating findings in a peer-reviewed publication.


Any faculty member who holds a contract for the duration of the granting period is welcome to apply for a SoTL Scholars Grant as a Principal Investigator (PI). Those holding sessional or one‐ year term‐certain appointments may contribute to and receive funding from an approved project as a Co-Investigator, but they are not eligible to apply directly for a SoTL Scholars Grant.

Deadline: March 1, 2022

Results: Awards will be announced by March 15. Project funding will begin on April 1 and end March 30 of the following year. Final reports will be expected no later than May 30th of the year project end.

Duration: 1 year (with interim report at 6 months and final at 12 months); Projects needing time beyond 1 year can apply for an extension for the project (on a case-by-case approval basis), in writing to CELT, at least 6 weeks before the end of the project (March 30th); however, funds should be spent in the one-year timeframe for which the grant was awarded.

Criteria & Sample Application Form 
(application form is sample only)

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For more information about SoTL or the SoTL Scholars Grant Programs, please contact us at 

TRU Internal Research Fund

The Thompson Rivers University Internal Research Fund (IRF) is provided to support research, including the scholarship of teaching, with the aim of both (1) helping faculty become more competitive for external funding, and (2) scaffolding faculty development, especially in terms of tenure and promotion.

We strongly encourage faculty to consider applying to the IRF to support their SoTL projects.

External SoTL Awards

BCcampus Scholarly Teaching Fellows

The Scholarly Teaching Fellows program is designed to achieve the following results:

  • Support educators to conduct research on teaching and learning (i.e., scholarly teaching, scholarly inquiry, action research, scholarship of teaching and learning projects);
  • Support development and dissemination of evidence-based teaching practices that focus on student success and learning in BC post-secondary education;
  • Help educators participate in scholarly work about teaching and learning through conference attendance, research support, and dissemination of their work.

EDC Grants

The Educational Developers Caucus Grants are peer-reviewed grants (between $500 to $3000) intended to further informed practice and available resources for educational development in Canada. The funded projects are expected to benefit the EDC community and address national or regional areas of interest or concern unaddressed by existing work, resources or literature.

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