Teaching Awards & Grants Database

Looking for institutional or divisional teaching awards and grants? Whether you’re an early career sessional instructor or an established educational leader, you can browse the diverse array of teaching awards and grants offered across all three campuses.

Find the award that is right for you by searching by division, award type, or eligibility.

Teaching awards and grants recognize and fund pedagogical innovation and excellence. This database is meant to provide you with an overview of the diversity of awards available across the University.

Each award and grant has criteria for applicants, and varies widely. Browse the database below and check the eligibility requirements.

You can search the awards database by using a number of filters:

  • division (including institutional awards)
  • award type (i.e., “Early Career” or “Experiential”)
  • eligibility (i.e., “Continuing appointment”)

Each divisional teaching award and grant has a divisional contact listed who should be your main contact for questions. For questions related to institutional teaching awards, contact awards.provost@utoronto.ca.

Awards & Grants Database

Award Eligibility Division Award Type
Graduate Education Innovation Fund University of Toronto faculty members with continuing appointments are eligible to apply (i.e., assistant professor, associate professor, and professor for both the tenure and teaching streams; part-time assistant, associate, and professor that have undergone continuing review). Typically, applicants will hold Graduate Faculty Membership with SGS. Collaborators can include librarians, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows etc., as appropriate to the project. School of Graduate Studies Institutional Pedagogical Grant
Part-time Faculty & Contractually Limited Term Appointments (CLTAs) Teaching Award Up to three awards will be offered per year in this category. University of Toronto Scarborough Divisional Teaching Award, Early Career Teaching Award
Experiential Learning Fund (ELF) Faculty and staff with continuing appointments are eligible to apply. University of Toronto Scarborough Divisional Pedagogical Grant, Experiential Learning
Online Learning Academy Fellowship Candidates must hold a continuing appointment in the Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George campus), of at least the duration of the Fellowship requirements (3 years). Courses developed through the OLA Fellowship are intended to benefit and serve the goals of academic units and must be approved by the Chair or Academic Director as part of the application process. Fellowship funding includes a 0.5 FCE course release funded by the Faculty; the unit leader must sign off on the proposed course release. Faculty of Arts and Science Divisional Pedagogical Grant, Teaching Fellowship
Experiential Learning Development Grant All instructors at UTM with an interest in experiential learning are encouraged to apply. This includes Faculty (teaching or tenure stream), CLTAs, Sessional Lecturers, and Course Instructors teaching in the current or next academic session at the time of application. Previous grant recipients are also welcome to submit an application to expand existing projects. University of Toronto Mississauga Divisional Pedagogical Grant, Experiential Learning
Experiential Learning Faculty Fellows Program Continuing appointment Arts & Science faculty members in tenure or teaching stream, pre- and post- promotion, are eligible. Faculty of Arts and Science Divisional Pedagogical Grant, Experiential Learning, Teaching Fellowship
Community-Engaged Learning Faculty Fellowship Program The Fellowship program is open to any faculty member with a continuing appointment at the University of Toronto who is/will be scheduled to teach a new or existing CEL or CER course in the next academic year. 6 to 8 Fellowships are awarded each year. The Senior Fellowship program is open to experienced CEL/R faculty who have demonstrated both excellence in CEL/R and in supporting colleagues new to CEL/R. 4 Senior Fellowships are awarded each year. Community-Engaged Learning, Teaching Fellowship
Desire2Learn (D2L) Innovation in Teaching and Learning Award Applications are invited with a demonstrable record of innovation(s) in areas including pedagogical approaches, teaching methods, course design, curriculum development, assessment methods, and various tools or technologies that enhance learning and have had a significant impact. Award recipients are expected to attend the annual STLHE conference and present a poster. External Teaching Award / Fellowship
Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) Teaching Award Candidates for the OCUFA Teaching Award must be members of an OCUFA-affiliated faculty association. They must show evidence of teaching excellence in multiple areas, including instruction, student advising/support, thesis supervision, course development, curriculum development and leadership, educational leadership, educational material development, service in teaching/educational leadership, and research and dissemination of research on university teaching. Ideally, candidates for the OCUFA will have received a major internal teaching award prior to being nominated. Approval for Nominations: Head of Department or Division (NB: faculty member must be a member of UTFA and UTFA must be notified of nomination) External Teaching Award / Fellowship
3M National Teaching Fellowship The 3M National Teaching Fellowship is open to any individual currently teaching at a Canadian university, regardless of discipline, level, or term of appointment. However, the 3M is intended for faculty who have a history of excellence in teaching and educational leadership, and a strong record in undergraduate teaching. Most successful candidates will have received major internal teaching awards, and another significant external teaching award. Nominations must include significant and documented evidence of educational leadership in and outside of the candidate’s discipline and department/division, effective teaching strategies, teaching excellence (through both student evaluations and recognition) and course and curriculum development efforts. External Teaching Award / Fellowship
Alan Mewett Award for Excellence in Teaching Any Instructor from the Faculty of Law. Faculty of Law Divisional Teaching Award
CI Teaching Excellence Award To be eligible, all of the following requirements must be met. The CI: has an appointment between May 1, 2020 and April 29, 2021 has held at least one previous appointment as a CI, prior to January 1st 2021. in any given year. Preference will be given to CIs who have held more than one appointment. is currently enrolled (in good standing) in the School of Graduate Studies and is a member of Unit 1, 2 or 4 of CUPE 3902 on May 1, 2020. Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation Institutional Award, Non-Continuing Teaching Appointment, Teaching Award
TA Teaching Excellence Awards TA is eligible if: They receive 2 or more student nominations (NB: Faculty may submit a nomination but evidence of student support will be required as well) They have at least 100 hours of TA experience at the University of Toronto prior to the current academic year. They have held a TA appointment during the current academic year (May 1, 2020 – April 30, 2021) . They have been a member of CUPE 3902, Units 1, 2 and 4 and enrolled in the School of Graduate Studies.  They have been a previously shortlisted nominee. Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation Institutional Award, Student-Nominated, TA Award
UTM Teaching & Learning Conference & Colloquia Fund Eligible conferences and colloquia must take place at UTM, and must have an external component in terms of attendees consisting of both UTM-based instructors and instructors from other institutions. We encourage all instructors teaching at UTM to apply. Sessional Lecturer II and Sessional Lecturer III can apply for funds provided that they are teaching at UTM in the current or next academic session at the time of application. University of Toronto Mississauga Divisional Pedagogical Grant
UTM Teaching Development Travel Grant We encourage all instructors teaching at UTM to apply. Sessional Lecturer II and Sessional Lecturer III can apply for funds to present at teaching-themed conferences or symposia, provided that they are teaching at UTM in the current or next academic session at the time of application. Applicants that have been previously successful for this grant will have lower priority for funding than new applicants. University of Toronto Mississauga Divisional Pedagogical Grant
UTM Teaching Development and Innovation Grant We encourage all instructors at UTM with an interest in teaching and learning to apply. This includes faculty members with continuing appointments in the teaching or tenure stream, librarians, sessional instructors II and III (teaching in the current or next academic session at the time of application), and staff. Collaborative proposals from multiple departments or academic support units on campus are encouraged. University of Toronto Mississauga Divisional Pedagogical Grant
Writing Development Initiative Faculty with permanent positions are eligible - i.e., Assistant, Associate and Full professors, whether teaching or research stream. Sessional instructors are not eligible, unless a faculty member is willing to be the guarantor for the proposal. University of Toronto Mississauga Divisional Pedagogical Grant
E.A. Robinson Teaching Excellence Award for Senior Faculty E.A. Robinson Teaching Excellence Award for Senior Faculty Division has been established to recognize excellence in teaching from senior Associate or full Professors (teaching and tenure stream) whose major appointment is to the University of Toronto Mississauga campus.Nominees for the E.A. Robinson award must have taught at UTM for at least 5 years and should be at least two years post-promotion. University of Toronto Mississauga Divisional Teaching Award, Educational Leadership
UTM Teaching Excellence Award for Junior Faculty UTM Teaching Excellence Award for Junior Faculty Division has been established to recognize excellence in teaching from Assistant Professors and early Associate Professors (teaching and tenure stream) whose major appointment is to the University of Toronto Mississauga campus. Nominees for this division must be pre-promotion or within two years of promotion. University of Toronto Mississauga Divisional Teaching Award, Early Career Teaching Award
UTM Cleo Leland Boyd Teaching Excellence Award for Sessional Faculty UTM Cleo Leland Boyd Teaching Excellence Award for Sessional Faculty Division has been established to recognize excellence in teaching from Course Instructors and Sessional Lectures at any level. Nominees will only be considered for their work as a course instructor on the University of Toronto Mississauga campus. Individuals must have two (2) or more terms (H or Y) of experience working as a course instructor at UTM to be eligible for this award. University of Toronto Mississauga Divisional Teaching Award, Non-Continuing Teaching Appointment