Office for Learning and Teaching Grants and Fellowships

The 2014 instruction documents for OLT grants and fellowships are available at:

Round 2, 2014

The second 2014 round of OLT Innovation and Development grants is only for seed applications and full applications from EOIs which have been successful in Round 1. The OLT submission date is 5pm Monday 16 June 2014. The internal, University of Sydney, submission date is Thursday 29th May.  This closing date which is necessary so there is time for institutional checking and the preparation of University letters of support.

Note that you must follow the university processes and time-frame (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.
    Planning to apply for an OLT grant or fellowship: Thursday 27 February
    Making an application for an OLT grant: Friday 14 March and Thursday 8 May
  • The contact for academic advice on grants is Alison Kuiper.
  • For advice on submission issues and compliance requirements contact Myrophora 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).
  • Contact Myrophora Koureas if you require a letter of support as a partner with another institution.
  • 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 the grant is well planned and likely to deliver on outcomes.

Making an application

Download the information and instructions about the grant programs from the OLT website.

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 you might get as 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 one of the ITL workshops for grant applicants. Previous successful applicants have found attending the workshop helpful in planning their application. Please see workshop dates and time below.

Thursday 8 May Click here

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 you 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 and summary of requirements to assign responsibility for tasks to members of your team. Read the OTL help sheet.

Complete the online submission by the internal closing date.

Late applications will not be considered.

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.

Submit your application Click here

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, Myrophora Koureas will send you 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, a ssociated 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.


Closing date: 3 February 2014. 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.  

Extension Grants
Extension Grants support the continued dissemination and embedding of completed learning and teaching projects.  These may be projects funded within institutions, or by one of the OLT's predecessor bodies.  Closing dates for 2014 are Friday 4 April  and Friday 5 September.

Commissioned Projects
The Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) funds strategic projects commissioned in response to key issues in the Australian higher education sector. In 2013 these were for projects in the following areas: Learning analytics, Graduate employability, Technology enabled learning, National learning and teaching resource audit and classification, Good Practice Reports: Postgraduate research and coursework degrees and Standards.