SoTL seed

The next SoTL Seed application will open in Fall 2018. To be notified when applications open, please subscribe to the SoTL News mailing list:

The UBC Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISoTL) and the Centre for Teaching, Learning, & 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. Priority is given to faculty members who teach, across all streams, at the undergraduate level. Recipients are expected to participate in events to share the outputs of their work with the wider UBC community. In addition, several projects and scholarly contributions will be featured on the ISoTL Showcased Projects page. The grants are managed by the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) and successful applicants will receive ongoing support from CTLT.


The following criteria are used to evaluate the proposals:

  1. Impact. Is the work likely to contribute to undergraduate 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 timeframe? Is the process outlined able to accomplish the stated goals?


Awarded projects receive a support package that includes the following:

  • Up to 70 hours of a SoTL Specialist. SoTL Specialists are students with experience in a variety of SoTL-related topics such as ethics applications, surveys, focus groups, experiments, observation, text analysis and analytics.
  • Cohort-based meetings in which informal feedback is offered by cohort peers and participants in the program from previous years.
  • CTLT consultation during the entire life cycle, from design to publication.
  • Up to $500 CAD in discretionary funds to support project requirements such as participant costs and TA time.
  • Up to $500 CAD to support presentation in SoTL meetings and conferences.