Office for Learning and Teaching Grants and Fellowships

The OLT is currently calling for applications for Commissioned Projects and Extension Grants. See below for information on Innovation and Development Grants, Round 1, 2015.

Commissioned Projects

The Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) funds strategic projects commissioned in response to key issues in the Australian higher education sector. Applications are now open for the 2014 Strategic Priority Commissioned projects in the following areas:

  • Developing global perspectives
  • English language support
  • The twenty-first century student experience

These are larger strategic projects of national interest; proposals for funding of $220,000 and beyond are anticipated. The OLT may award one or more grants to address a strategic topic and the project must be completed within eighteen months. Submissions must be made through the university. Advise of your intention to submit an application by Monday 18 August and contact for academic advice. Final applications must be received by the OLT no later than 5pm (AEST) Friday 29 August 2014. More information and application instructions may be found on the OLT website.

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. The next closing date is 5 September, 2014. See OLT website.

Innovation and Development Program and Seed Projects

Round 1, 2015

The OLT have advised the 2015 Innovation and Development Grants Programme Information and Application Instructions are planned to be released at the end of August. They will be posted on this page as soon as they are available.

 The OLT has also advised there will be a number of changes to the 2015 Innovation and Development Grants.

  • Applications for Seed projects will be accepted in round 2 2015 only, not in round 1.
  • Priority areas have been updated to reflect current and emerging priorities.
  • Applications for new grants will need to address project impact in a more explicit and structured way.
  • Reporting has been streamlined and reduced with new formats that will support project impact.
  • The due date for applications for round 1, 2015 will be towards the end of November 2014.

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. 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 Sally Paynter.
  • 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 Sally Paynter 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  therefore 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 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 one of the ITL workshops for grant applicants.

Making an application for an OLT grant:

Thursday 4 September 10.00am-12noon Register here

Friday 26 September 1.00-3.00pm Register here

Attendance at one or more of the workshops is strongly advised for those submitting an application. If you wish for individual assistance with your grant from the ITL it is expected you will first have attended an ITL workshop.

Previous successful applicants have found attending the workshop helpful in planning their application.

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.

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.


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.