The Instructional Enhancement Fund (IEF) provides instructors with modest, readily-accessible funds to support pedagogical opportunities for which other funds are not available. The IEF seeks to reduce barriers to allow instructors to implement creative or responsive ideas to enhance their students’ learning experiences.
Yale instructors are invited to submit proposals for grants of up to $500 in support of an existing course. Expenses that can be covered by these grants may include, but are not limited to, classroom supplies and equipment; fees and expenses for field trips or in-class projects; travel to educational conferences; or honoraria for classroom guest speakers.
IEF awards are intended to be quickly available prior to or during the academic semester. Funding may not be used to reimburse costs already incurred. The IEF is not intended to defray the costs of faculty professional development, 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.
All Yale instructors of record, including tenured and tenure-track faculty, clinical instructional faculty, lecturers, lectors, and part-time acting instructors (PTAIs) are eligible to apply for the Instructional Enhancement Fund. Funds are restricted to one award per instructor, per academic year.
The IEF has two awards cycles: one for the fall semester and one for the spring semester. Applications will be accepted during each cycle until funds are depleted. The Poorvu Center recognizes that not all Yale instructors teach each semester, and works to ensure that an equal amount of funding is available each cycle.
The Spring 2021 award cycle opened January 1, 2021, and now includes a revised, simplified application form. Please note: instructors who started an application using the previous one-page .pdf format are still welcome to submit applications in this format during the Spring 2021 semester. The previous 2020 rubric and sample is included at the bottom of this page.
Applicants may apply via the brief IEF Qualtrics application form, which consists of the following components:
- Instructor Information (Name, Net ID, Email, Course Number & Title)
- Proposed Project (Suggested length: 2-4 sentences per prompt)
- Description of proposed project and how it will engage all students in active, reflective learning
- Alignment of proposed project to course learning goals and objectives
- Plans to assess impact of the proposed project on student learning
- Consideration of the diverse array of identities, perspectives, and experiences of your students
- Funding Request (Requested amount up to $500, itemized budget, and other available funding sources)
A sample application is available as a download at the bottom of this page. Please note: Qualtrics does not offer a save function, so applicants may want to draft their responses in another location (e.g. Microsoft Word) before entering into the one-page application form.
Funding decisions are typically made within two weeks of receiving proposals. Upon completion of their project, award recipients are greatly encouraged to share their reflections on how the project went with the Poorvu Center Faculty Teaching Initiatives team (email@example.com). We use this feedback to report back to donors, secure continued funding, and recognize instructor creativity in communications and events.
Questions and Consultations
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about the fund or the application process. Faculty Teaching Initiatives staff are available to consult with grant applicants as they prepare proposals and as they implement their awarded projects.