Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Instructional Enhancement Fund

Apply for grants of up to $500 to support the integration of learning activities into an existing undergraduate course.


Expenses that can be covered by these grants may include, but are not limited to, classroom supplies and equipment, programming or research assistance, educational program development costs for local programs, fees and expenses for student field trips or in-class projects, travel to educational conferences, or honoraria for classroom guest speakers. Funding may not be used to reimburse costs already incurred.

The IEF is not intended to defray the costs of educational development from departmental or center budgets, nor is it intended as part of salary; the IEF is intended to assist in fostering pedagogical methods, technologies, materials, or techniques for which no other funding sources are available. ($500 cap per faculty member, per year)


The competition is open year-round to all tenured and tenure-track faculty, clinical instructional faculty, and lecturers and lectors who have continuing appointments.


For the 2018-2019 academic year, applications will be accepted at any time of the year until funds are depleted. A new funding cycle starts on August 1 of each academic year.

Submission Procedures

Please prepare a 250-word proposal (or less) indicating:

  • a description of the proposed learning activity
  • an explanation of how the funded activity will contribute to one or more course goals
  • an explanation of the ways in which you will assess the activity’s impact on student learning
  • an itemized budget estimate of up to $500 total

Email proposals as a pdf file to Nancy Niemi, Director of Faculty Teaching Initiatives.

Funding Decisions

Faculty will receive funding decisions within two weeks from the time a proposal is received. A competitive proposal includes:

  1. Demonstrated potential for increased student learning
  2. Originality and/or creativity
  3. Detailed level of sustainability and impact
  4. Clear assessment criteria
Questions and Consultations:

Contact Nancy Niemi with questions about the fund or the application process. Faculty Teaching Initiative staff are available to consult with grant applicants as they prepare proposals.