Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Rosenkranz Awards for Pedagogical Advancement


Rosenkranz Awards support significant teaching interventions that enhance student learning. Awards are designed to promote sustainable, scalable ideas that cultivate effective student engagement in the classroom.

The Poorvu Center is committed to honoring the many forms of excellent teaching, recognizing that teaching effectiveness is not reliant on digital forms. In past years the Rosenkranz Awards funded teaching projects with a digital component to comply with a gift indenture. We have now diversified the funding for these projects, and this year we welcome proposals of all kinds.

Successful proposals envision opportunities for instructors to emphasize or significantly develop learning experiences for students that align with central learning goal(s) for an existing course.


Eligibility for the current application cycle is extended to any full-time Yale instructor with a primary instructional appointment who will be teaching a course in 2020-2021.

Application Details

Proposed interventions should be designed to improve learning by encouraging student engagement. Research demonstrates that interactive settings deepen student learning by encouraging them to articulate, evaluate, and create knowledge with the instructor and one another. [1]

Engagement can be defined in a variety of ways, including but not limited to: student–to–student or student–to–faculty interactions, experience in the field, active use of Yale collections, and student research.

Essential components of a successful grant proposal include a vision for improved learning through student engagement, a significant intervention that strives to improve learning, and plans to measure student learning as a result of the intervention. The selection committee seeks applications that do the following:

a)    Describe a need, challenge or goal related to student engagement that the intervention is designed to address and how you envision doing so,

b)    Provide a realistic plan and timeline for the proposed project (funded work on projects can begin as early as February 2020, and must provide tangible updates to the Rosenkranz Digital Showcase within two years), and 

c)   Include an approach for determining the extent to which the intervention influenced student learning. The Poorvu Center can provide support for assessing project impact and student learning.

Up to seven awards of up to $10,000 will be granted. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, December 11, 2020. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an information session or schedule a consultation with Poorvu Center staff before applying. Please email rosenkranz@yale.edu to schedule a consultation. Due to the indenture of the gift that funds this program, Yale can only distribute the funds to faculty with a current appointment at Yale. The funds need to be spent while fulfilling an appointment at Yale.

How to Apply:

  1. First, attend a Rosenkranz information session or schedule a consultation with Poorvu Center staff. Visit our consultation request page or email rosenkranz@yale.edu to schedule a consultation. (Optional but strongly recommended.)
  2. Second, download the proposal form, complete, and submit as .doc to rosenkranz@yale.edu by 5 p.m. on Friday, December, 11 2020.

Note to applicants: We may reach out after the submission deadline closes in order to seek clarification for support needs described in your application and to clarify the extent of our own services. This outreach does not privilege one application over another in the selection process.

Program Timeline 

Sept. 14 – Dec. 4, 2020: Information Sessions or Consultation with Poorvu Center Staff (recommended!)

Poorvu Center staff will discuss applicants’ proposed interventions and ask clarifying questions. We strongly recommend participation in an information session or an individual consultation prior to submitting a proposal.

Information Sessions:

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Information sessions will explain elements of a successful proposal and answer questions from interested applicants. Attendees may consult with Poorvu Center staff about their project ideas.

December 11, 2020 @ 5 p.m.: Proposal deadline

February 2021: Grant recipients announced

February 2021 – June 2023: Projects implemented and assessed with support from Poorvu Center as needed

May Rosenkranz Digital Showcase

The Poorvu Center will invite recent program awardees to share updates about their projects for recording on the Rosenkranz Digital Showcase. Applicants are encouraged to visit the Showcase for examples of past and current projects.

Award Details

Selection of Awards

The selection committee will consist of faculty serving on the Poorvu Center Advisory Board and staff representatives from the Poorvu Center. This group consults with the Center for Language Study and the School of Medicine’s Teaching and Learning Center where collaborating expertise is helpful.

Upon receipt of a Rosenkranz grant, awardees can expect Poorvu Center support as discussed in consultation and application with the Center. Awardees are expected to participate in the Digital Showcase.

Rosenkranz awardees will be asked to respond to a survey sent a year following their award period to help us determine the ongoing impact of awarded projects.

Amount and Duration of Support

Up to seven proposals will be awarded for up to $10,000 each. The projects are expected to be completed within the award year, which runs from the date of awarding to the May 2022 showcase. 

Funding may support: labor for undergraduate and graduate students, not to exceed 50% of requested funds; travel to collect data / resources; software or hardware designated in perpetuity to grant project; external contractors; dissemination activities such as conference presentations. The Poorvu Center may be able to provide professional resources for selected projects, such as assessment expertise and media production.

Funding may not support: continued website or software subscriptions (initial subscriptions are acceptable for no more than 25% of requested support funds - to be used as leverage to secure departmental/external funds); purchase of laptops or other equipment that will be dispersed after project is complete; salary support for instructor(s).

Download the proposal form here.

[1]For research and practice regarding learning and student engagement, applicants can refer to Kimberly Tanner’s 2013 essay “Structure Matters: Twenty-One Teaching Strategies to Promote Student Engagement and Cultivate Classroom Equity” in CBE-Life Sciences Education, and peruse the Poorvu Center’s Faculty Resource webpage


Please use the 2020 Proposal Form to submit proposals.