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SoTL Grants Program

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Research Program for Innovation and Collaborative Inquiry

The Mokakiis Centre for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is pleased to support SoTL research within MRU through our grants program.

There are two opportunities to apply for a SoTL grant during an academic year. All applications need to be submitted through the ROMEO system by the deadline.

Apply through the ROMEO research portal here.

Deadline for application* Application process opens Funding begins
Fall call for SoTL grant applications November 30 No later than October 31 January 1
Winter call for SoTL grant applications May 31 No later than April 30 July 1

*If the deadline falls on a weekend, applications are accepted until the first Monday after.

We currently have the following grant opportunities. A brief description of each grant is provided below. Please click on the links to find out more detailed information.

Grant Criteria for grant Maximum amount funded Typical length of grant
Essential Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grant Intended for smaller projects, this grant supports projects such as investigations of innovative pedagogies, student learning, or other aspects of teaching and learning in a single class or related courses. $5,000 One-year
Mokakiiks Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Collaborate Grant Intended for larger scale, collaborative projects, this grant supports projects such as investigations of innovative pedagogies, student learning, or other aspects of teaching and learning beyond a single class or context, and are intended for larger scope projects involving a team. $10,000 One or Two-years
Marshall Family Foundation Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Literacy Grant This grant is specifically for supporting SoTL projects that investigate literacy learning and teaching practice across the spectrum of education, and/or literacy issues pertaining to specific groups of learners. $9,000 One-year
Mokakiiks Undergraduate Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Dissemination Grant Supports student researchers to join their faculty supervisor at a scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) or disciplinary education conference to present their SoTL findings. $1,500 One-time

We encourage and support faculty to work with students as partners in SoTL at MRU. Working in this way provides opportunities for students to meaningfully contribute, when possible, to all stages of the research project (research design, data collection, and analysis, presentations, and publications), drawing on their knowledge and insights as learners. If you would like to discuss how to build partnership opportunities into any of the grants offered by the Mokakiiks Centre for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, please contact Cherie Woolmer (cwoolmer@mtroyal.ca). If you would like guidance about your project, or the criteria, please contact the Mokakiiks Centre (mokakiiks@mtroyal.ca) to explore possibilities.

The Mokakiiks Perspective on SoTL Research

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is inclusive and unified by its potential to have impact in the classroom and to deepen our understanding of student learning, but diverse in discipline, theory, methodology, and method. Eligible projects must propose a robust research proposal of teaching and learning and meet principles of good practice in SoTL (Felten, 2013), which means they are:

  • focused on student learning in higher education,
  • situated in the existing literature and grounded in a teaching-learning context,
  • methodologically sound,
  • conducted in partnership with students, and
  • appropriately public.

General information about the grants

The following provides general information about the application process, evaluation of applications, funding and eligible expenses for grants, and reporting requirements. Please refer to the specific information about the grant you are interested in applying to.

Please note that the Mokakiiks Undergraduate Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Dissemination Grant has different criteria than listed below.