SoTL Seed Program

The Winter application call is now closed. We will be announcing our spring call in May, 2020.

The UBC Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISoTL) and the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) offer a support program for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). The SoTL Seed Program provides graduate research assistants, collegial collaborations, and complementary funding for projects that seek to research and evaluate impactful pedagogies.

Selected projects broaden our understanding of teaching and learning in higher education and show a potential for significant contributions to the UBC community and beyond. The expected life cycle of a project is one to two years.

Projects are strategically selected to reflect the breadth of work at UBC in terms of disciplines, scholarly approaches and expertise.

All members of the UBC community are invited to apply. Faculty who have had an active Seed project over the last twelve months are not eligible. Priority is given to faculty members who teach at the undergraduate level and across all streams. Recipients are expected to participate in events to share the outputs of their work with the wider UBC community.


The following criteria are used to evaluate the proposals:

  1. Impact: Is the work likely to contribute to teaching and learning at UBC beyond the scope of the project?
  2. Novelty: Does the project have the potential to advance our knowledge of teaching and learning in higher education?
  3. Practicality: Can the goals be accomplished with the designated time-frame? Is the process outlined able to accomplish the stated goals?


Awarded projects receive a support package that includes:

  • Up to 70 hours of a SoTL Specialist. SoTL Specialists are graduate students with experience in a variety of SoTL- related topics such as ethics applications, surveys, focus groups, experiments, observation, text analysis and analytics.
  • Limited support for instructional and learning design, provided by the Curriculum and Course Services at CTLT.
  • Cohort-based meetings in which informal feedback is offered by cohort peers and participants in the program from previous years.
  • Up to $200 CAD in discretionary funds to support research expenses such as participant costs and disciplinary data interpretation.
  • Up to $500 CAD to support presentation in SoTL meetings and conferences.


We will put out our bi-annual call for applications in May. For reference, a PDF version of our 2019 call is available as you prepare your online application.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact us at Please note that after submitting the application you will no longer be able to access or edit it.