Office for Learning and Teaching Grants and Fellowships

Applications have now closed for

Innovation and Development Grants,  Rounds 1 & 2 2015

Round 2 was for

  • Full proposals from successful Round 1 EOIs and
  • Seed grants under 2015 priorities

The 2015 Priority areas are

  • Academic standards
  • Assessing equivalence of qualifications and learning outcomes
  • Assessment and promotion of student learning (on selected topics)
  • Curriculum design (on selected topics)
  • Employability skills
  • Improving institutional pathways across higher education
  • Improving access to and outcomes in higher education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • The contemporary PhD

The 2015 instructions are distinct from previous instructions in that:

Impact is a focus for the OLT. Applications will need to address project impact in a more explicit and systematic way.

Reporting has been streamlined and reduced with new formats that will support project impact.

The presentation slides for the information session and project impact workshop held by the OLT can be found here under ‘useful information’. See also the IMPEL information in the side box.

Note that you must follow the university processes and timeframe (see the steps below) if you wish to apply for a grant.

  • For academic advice on your application in the first instance attend the workshop/s. See Step 2 below.
  • The contact for academic advice on grants is Alison Kuiper. If you wish for individual assistance with your grant from the ITL it is expected you will first have attended an ITL workshop.
  • For advice on submission issues and compliance requirements contact Myra Koureas.
  • Evidence of support from your faculty is required before letter of support from the University can be provided. See Step 3 below.
  • Note that partner applications also require a letter of support from the DVC(E).
  • Letters of support are not required for EOIs.
  • Only applications that have received university approval will be considered by the OLT.
  • The internal closing date is firm. All applications are submitted online.
  • The value of the project is the most important factor in determining funding. However, an application which is professional and compliant provides evidence that you are well organized and that therefore the grant is well planned and likely to deliver on outcomes.

Making an application


Download the information and instructions

Read the information in the Information box (on the right hand side of  this page, top right).

Make sure you have a sound idea and consider who might be appropriate partners for your project.

Follow the OLT’s advice on the programs and how to apply page to:

  • Read the program's Program information and application instructions.
  • Read the recommended reading for the program and assessment reports from previous years.
  • Review the projects funded in your area of interest.
  • Note the closing dates.


Attend an ITL workshop for grant applicants.

WORKSHOP: Making an application for an OLT grant

Friday 13 March, 12.30-2.30pm (closed)

This workshop will focus on Seed Proposals.

A workshop for those who have submitted sucessful EOIs will be notified to the successful applicants as soon as the results are known.

Attendance at the workshop is strongly advised for those submitting an application. Previous successful applicants have found attending the workshop helpful in planning their application. If you wish for individual assistance with your grant from the ITL it is expected you will first have attended an ITL workshop.


Contact your Head of School as soon as possible to advise of your intention to submit an application. An email or letter, from your Head of School or equivalent, indicating that your faculty support your application, including commitments of time and other resources, is required when applying for the University letter of support. This indication of support must be uploaded with the other documentation for your application on or before the internal closing date.


In preparing your application you are strongly encouraged to seek feedback from faculty colleagues and previously successful applicants for OTL grants or other successful grant applicants. For a list of recent successful grant holders from the University of Sydney see the Resources section on this page.


Download the templates from the box on the top right hand side of this page. Use the checklist from the program information to assign responsibility for tasks to members of your team and make sure you are familiar with all the information, including that in the appendices.


Complete the online submission by the internal closing date.These instructions apply also if you are seeking an institutional letter of support for a partner application.

The internal closing date was 5pm Thursday 4 June.

Upload the following 3 files:

  • Your draft institutional support letter in word format
  • Your completed checklist in word format
  • A pdf document containing all of the following:
    • The proposal with its final title. The title cannot be changed after submission.
    • The budget and associated attachments. Include a 10% institutional levy in the budget.
    • The statement of support from your faculty.

Late applications will not be considered.

Use the checklist on p.26-27 of the instructions to check that you have completed what is required.

The contact for questions about the letters of support is Myrophora Koureas.

Submissions have now closed for Rounds 1 & 2.


Once you have completed all the requirements and submitted your application online, your application will be checked.  Failure to supply all the relevant documentation could result in your application not being approved for submission to the OLT.

When the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education has reviewed your application, you will receive the letter of endorsement to include with your application.  Receipt of the institutional endorsement letter is your approval to submit the proposal.


Check the online application process. You can familiarise yourself with the process by inserting information and saving it. It is not submitted until you click the submit button.

Lodge your application directly to the OLT via their Grants Portal.  Be sure to allow plenty of time for this step and to include the proposal, budget, associated attachments and letter of endorsement from the DVC Education. Applications submitted without institutional endorsement are deemed ineligible by the OLT.

Other OLT programs

Information is available on this page and the OTL website when these are announced throughout the year.

Contact Alison Kuiper for information.


The Fellowships program advances learning and teaching in higher education by supporting a group of leading educators to undertake strategic, high-profile activities in areas of importance to the sector. Through their fellowship activities, Fellows have a positive and lasting influence and impact on higher education practice in Australia


Academic Secondments aim to enhance the ties and understanding between the sector, the OLT and DIISRTE. Secondees carry out a program of work for the Government and the higher education sector on strategic priorities. Those seconded will be a source of academic advice and support to the staff of the OLT, with the aim of broadening staff capability within DIISRTE, and building relationships with the home institution.

Commissioned Projects

The Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) funds strategic projects commissioned in response to key issues in the Australian higher education sector. These are larger strategic projects of national interest; proposals for funding of $220,000 and beyond are anticipated. Submissions must be made through the university. Applications are now closed for the 2014 Strategic Priority Commissioned projects.

Extension Grants

Extension Grants support the continued dissemination and embedding of completed learning and teaching projects. Extension Grants are specifically intended to achieve the following objectives:

  • raise the profile of the fundamental importance of teaching in higher education institutions and in the general community
  • develop effective mechanisms for the identification, development, dissemination and embedding of good individual and institutional practice, including addressing particular contextual barriers to taking on the good practice identified.

Funding is in the form of a grant of up to $30,000 provided to disseminate or embed the outcomes of completed learning and teaching projects or fellowships in institutions which were not partners in the original project. Funds may be used to trial resources or curricula, run workshops, present at relevant conferences (including registration, travel, accommodation and incidental expenses) or to establish new websites. The application must come from an institution, and not from an individual or conference.

Information about 2015 extension grants is now online, including application instructions and application form.
In 2015 there will be one round of extension grants.

The due date for applications is Monday 31 August 2015.