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PTL Grants

As part of the University’s Institutional Priorities and Strategic Framework, McMaster launched its first Teaching and Learning Strategy: Partnered in Teaching and Learning in May 2021. The Office of the Provost and the MacPherson Institute have partnered to establish two grants to support the McMaster community with opportunities to engage in the implementation of the strategy. These grants seek to enable innovations in teaching and learning within and beyond the classroom and across disciplines and Faculties, elevate teaching as a professional discipline, and improve student experiences and outcomes.

Two grants are available to support educators1 seeking to implement innovative and evidence-based initiatives and projects which align with one or more of the following impact areas within the Partnered in Teaching and Learning Strategy:

  1. Encouraging Partnered and Interdisciplinary Learning
  2. Supporting a Holistic and Personalized Student Experience
  3. Fostering Inclusive Excellence and Scholarly Teaching
  4. Developing Active and Flexible Learning Spaces

Seed grants of up to $4,000 will support the implementation of projects and initiatives that immediately and directly impact student learning experiences within an academic course or in the co-curricular spaces between their courses through innovation and development.

Garden grants of up to $25,000 will support larger-scale improvements to whole programs or the teaching cultures and strategic educational directions of departments, schools, or faculties. The funding may also help support partnerships between programs, departments, or faculties, and we particularly encourage interdisciplinary teams with to apply.

These grants, awarded annually, are designed to provide more resources and support for educators seeking to implement one or more of the teaching and learning priorities in their department, faculty, or staff unit.

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1The term “educators” is intended to include, but is not limited to, community partners, faculty, graduate students, librarians, post-doctoral fellows, sessional instructors, staff, teaching assistants, and undergraduate students.