Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Rosenkranz Grants for Pedagogical Advancement

The deadline for this funding opportunity has passed. Updated information will be posted when available.

The CTL seeks proposals for the Rosenkranz Grants for Pedagogical Advancement from all faculty who would like to experiment with new teaching models and technologies or design and develop new digital course interventions. Proposals may be submitted by individuals, teams, and departments. Applicants must have a consultation with CTL staff by February 10, 2017, with proposals due by February 17, 2017.

The Yale Center for Teaching and Learning promotes equitable and engaged teaching throughout the University, and supports students across the curriculum as they take ownership of their learning. As part of our mission, the CTL encourages innovation and enhancement in teaching and learning through the considered use of technology. The CTL seeks proposals for the Rosenkranz Grants for Pedagogical Advancement from all faculty, ladder and non-ladder, who would like to experiment with new teaching models and technologies or design and develop new digital course interventions. Faculty members from FAS as well as all graduate and professional schools are eligible. Proposals may be submitted by individuals, teams, and departments.

Why technology? These projects are sponsored by a gift designated for educational advances that draw on instructional technology. The CTL recognizes that innovation can take many forms and scales that may or may not rely upon digital tools. For a complementary source of teaching support funds, please see our page of funding opportunities.

Critical elements of the grants are the effectiveness of the project in positively affecting instruction at Yale and the impact on student learning. Successful proposals will situate the project within and without Yale and describe clearly the issues being addressed as well as the reasons for the approach being undertaken.


The CTL encourages proposals that: 1) implement technology in a way that experimentally revises some part of a course, course sequence, or program; or 2) aim to improve or enhance student learning by redesigning a course to integrate an appropriate digital tool. The CTL further encourages proposals that address issues of diversity and inclusion. Examples of projects that individuals, teams, and departments might pursue with CTL support include the following:

  • Exploration of the use of rich media teaching (audio and video) environments for group work and remote study
  • Generation of on-line reference materials for discipline-specific learning and scholarship (databases, smarter search engines, digital collections)
  • Development and exploration of technology-enhanced active learning environments
  • Design of an educational plan to effectively prepare instructors to use information technologies to improve classroom presentations or interactions with and among students
  • Development of departmental, subject-specific, reusable materials that can be shared among instructors in their teaching


CTL staff and an advisory panel of faculty will review and select proposals for funding. In making its selections, the panel will include, but not be limited to, the following criteria:

  • Impact: How will the project affect learning for Yale students? In what way will the project affect teaching to improve student learning?
  • Pedagogical Innovation: How does this project explore something different for the course, department, school, or discipline? Can the proposed project serve as a model or example to be emulated by other faculty, other schools, other departments in the University?
  • Assessment: What evidence will demonstrate success for the project?
  • Sustainability: How will the school or department preserve, maintain, and/or expand the project, its outputs, or lessons learned after the funded project is complete?
  • Dissemination: How will the project be shared so that it may serve as a model to others?


Five grants of up to $10,000 will support projects that are expected to be completed within one calendar year. Funds may be budgeted for, inter alia, student assistants, outside contractors, hardware, software, dissemination efforts, or other learning materials (e.g. interactive simulations) as appropriate for the project. Funds may not be used as salary support for the faculty member(s) involved in the project. The CTL may be able to provide professional resources required for selected projects, including instructional design and media production.


Grant recipients are expected to submit a 500–1500 word final report to the CTL at the conclusion of the project. The CTL may also invite recipients to present publicly on their projects at CTL events. Further dissemination efforts are always welcome! Faculty might create a website dedicated to the project and its outcomes, deliver talks in departments, or discuss the project in other internal or external professional forums or workshops.


  1. Arrange a consultation with a CTL staff member to discuss your proposal and identify and align it with the goals of the Rosenkranz Grants program. Visit http://ctl.yale.edu/request-instructional-consultation-or-classroom-observation to schedule.
  2. Complete the online proposal form. Alternately, use the proposal template document [MS Word file] and submit it to Trip Kirkpatrick (trip.kirkpatrick@yale.edu).


December 15, 2016: Information session

December 19, 2016: Information session

January 13, 2017: Information session

January 25, 2017: Final information session

February 10, 2017: Pre-proposal consultation deadline. Contact the CTL to arrange a conversation about your project.

February 17, 2017: Deadline for submission of a proposal to the Rosenkranz program via online proposal form or MS Word document

March 2017: Recipients announced

April 2017: Grant recipient meeting

October 2017: Grant recipient meeting

February 2018: Final grant recipient meeting


For more information please email Trip Kirkpatrick (trip.kirkpatrick@yale.edu).