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Grant Opportunities

Teaching Enhancement Grants

The Teaching Enhancement Grants Program supports enhancement of student learning during a single course. Winners of these grants are reimbursed up to $100 for course expenditures. Fall, Spring and Summer competitions are held each year.

The application process for the Summer 2017 semester is now open. Please apply online to be considered.


Eligibility | Guidelines | Selection Process

Timeline for Summer 2017 Competition:

Opening date for applications: February 27, 2017
Closing date for applications: May 19, 2017
Notification (sooner where possible): May 26, 2017

If awarded a Teaching Enhancement Grant for a Summer 2017 course, funds must be used and all original receipts for reimbursement must be submitted to CTRL by July 28, 2017 in Hurst Hall 214.

Any faculty member teaching full-time or part-time during the semester when the grant would be used is eligible to apply.


  • Funds may be used for such purposes as honoraria for outside speakers or materials that are “used up” during the course (e.g., short-term subscription to online teaching tools, special materials for a science or arts course that doesn’t have a lab fee). Funds may not be used for basic “school supplies” (e.g., poster board, markers).
  • Grants can    
  1. be made directly to a faculty member;
  2. be transferred to an academic department or program budget; or
  3. be paid directly to a guest lecturer. 
  • Grants will not be awarded to applicants requesting funding for international honoraria.
  • Materials that are durable (e.g., books, DVDs) become the property of the university, though they may be used by the recipients for subsequent course offerings.
  • Grants must be used for the item(s) listed in the recipient’s application.
  • Grants are not designed to support faculty research or conference attendance.
  • Grants cannot be used for food or gift certificates for food.
  • Grants will not be awarded to applicants requesting funds for expenditures that have already been incurred.
  • Grants are made only once for a specific teaching enhancement (e.g., an honorarium for a guest lecturer). Faculty seeking funding for the same (or very similar) teaching enhancement in a subsequent course are encouraged to explore funding possibilities with their academic department or program.
  • Recipients are asked to submit a brief report (c. 50-75 words) summarizing the pedagogical outcomes of their award.

Selection Process:
The selection panel is composed of members of CTRL.

If you have questions, please contact CTRL or 202-885-2117.