Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Awards

Internal SoTL Awards (suspended due to COVID-19)

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 programs, each designed for a different level of comfort and experience with SoTL: 


Check our calendar for upcoming SoTL info sessions. 

Emerging SoTL Scholars Grant Program

Just starting with SoTL? This 24-month cohort-based program is designed to lead you through the development of a SoTL project from start to finish. Emerging SoTL Scholars will be eligible for up to $1500 to get started with their research, and support will include regular gatherings and two annual retreats that offer group and individualized support in refining the research question, designing the study, applying for ethics approval, collecting and analyzing data, and disseminating findings in a peer-reviewed publication.

Experienced SoTL Scholars Grant Program

This 12-month grant program offers up to $2000 in grant money and is designed for SoTL researchers who have previously completed projects and who may not need assistance in all areas of project development or ethics applications. Although this grant program is not cohort-based, all Experienced SoTL Scholars will be invited to SoTL-related workshops and meetings, and project development support will be available on an individualized basis. Experienced SoTL Scholars will be invited to participate in the same retreat as the Emerging SoTL Scholars.


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

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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