MacPherson Institute Scholarly Connections Grant

Scholarly activities in teaching and learning can be significantly enhanced through extended research visits to other institutions. The MacPherson Institute recognizes the value of these partnerships, and is pleased to offer the MacPherson Institute Scholarly Connections Grant valued at a maximum of $5,000. The purpose of this grant is to support inter-institutional teaching and learning research by: (i) providing funding to support a McMaster scholar to visit a national or international institution to engage in research on teaching and learning with collaborators at the partnering institution; or (ii) providing funding to support a national or international teaching and learning scholar to visit McMaster University to collaborate on matters related to teaching and learning research in the post secondary context.

McMaster faculty, instructors and staff visiting other institutions

McMaster faculty, instructors, or staff may wish to visit a national or international post secondary institution for an extended period of time to engage in collaborative teaching and learning related research that will ultimately enhance McMaster students’ learning experience.

The strongest proposals for visits to other post secondary institutions will focus on the advancement of collaboration that accelerates progress toward a specific scholarly objective or product. This grant is NOT intended simply to fund travel for conference presentation or the delivery of research talks/seminars.

Teaching & learning researchers visiting McMaster University

Scholarly visitors supported under this program are expected to catalyze and/or contribute to research on teaching and learning at McMaster University through collaborations aiming to produce tangible scholarly products such as new research project, journal manuscripts, and other creative works.

In addition, the visitor might enrich the dialogue around teaching and learning and/or SoTL at McMaster University by providing lectures, workshops, seminars, and mentoring of faculty, staff and students. Please note, however, that this grant is NOT intended simply to provide funds to bring a speaker to campus to deliver a lecture or research seminar. The strongest proposals for visits of individual scholars should support both broad enrichment of the local community of scholars, as well as advancement of collaboration that accelerates progress of a specific scholarly objective or product.

Applicant Eligibility

Applicant Eligibility

  • Anyone in an educational role at McMaster University can submit a proposal (e.g., faculty, instructional assistants, librarians).
  • Sessional and contract faculty are eligible to apply for funding provided they will be working at McMaster for the duration of the grant.
  • To apply for a Scholarly Connections Grant to visit another institution:
    • The applicant must commit to visit the collaborating institution for an extended period of time (e.g., 2 – 6 weeks during the summer months, or perhaps longer during a research leave or sabbatical)
    • The scope of the visit must relate to teaching and learning research (e.g., working with and learn from teaching and learning scholars in a way that will contribute to future/ongoing research, conducting teaching and learning research in other contexts, developing research collaborations)
  • To apply for a Scholarly Connections Grant to host a visitor at McMaster University
    • The visitor must commit to come to McMaster for an extended period of time (e.g., 2 – 6 weeks, or perhaps longer during a research leave or sabbatical)
    • The scope of visit must relate to teaching and learning research (e.g., working with and learn from teaching and learning scholars in a way that will contribute to future/ongoing research, conducting teaching and learning research in other contexts, developing research collaborations)

 

Review Process

Review Process

The committee will make recommendations based on the quality of the proposals in accordance with the following review criteria.

A. Scholarly Contribution
  • Does the proposal provide a compelling argument for advancing knowledge and understanding within its own field or across different fields? Does the proposed project represent a significant contribution to the field of study?
  • How well conceived and organized is the proposed activity?
  • How well qualified is the invited visitor?
B. Nature of Proposal
  • Does the proposal provide a clear statement of overall project objectives?
  • Does the proposal provide a sound justification with clear and specific budget information?
  • What is the likelihood the project goals, timeline and budget will be accomplished?
C. Leverage
  • Will the project lead to further scholarly or research activities?
  • Does the project help build scholarly networks?
  • How well does the activity advance discovery and understanding while promoting mentoring and development of teaching and learning scholars?

 

Submission Requirements

Submission Requirements

  • Applications will be accepted in April 2018.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure the proposal is complete and all conditions are met (e.g., requisite comments and signatures are included). Normally, applications will consist of the application form, the written proposal, and any literature references and necessary appendices. Incomplete applications will not be considered. All communications regarding these grants can directed to migrants@mcmaster.ca
  • Late submissions will not be accepted under any circumstances. Only complete application forms will be forwarded to the review committee. Signatures from the appropriate individuals must be included on the application form to be considered complete.
  • Proposals should be submitted in digital form, as a single pdf, emailed to migrants@mcmaster.ca with the subject ‘Scholarly Connections Grant– SURNAME’, where SURNAME is the last name of the Applicant.

 

Instructions for Submitting Grants Electronically

Instructions for Submitting Grants Electronically

  • The applicant should complete the electronic form with name, title, brief description of project, and amount requested. No physical signature is required. The applicant should save the partially completed form and email the application form and the written proposal to their chair/director.
  • The chair/director should read the written proposal and complete their portion of the application form (in addition to what the applicant had completed). No physical signature is required. The chair/director should email the application form to back to the applicant.
  • The applicant compiles the entire application (including application form, written application, and any necessary appendices) in one PDF document, and emails the file to miietlgrants@mcmaster.ca by the Scholarly Connections Grant deadline. In order for the application to be complete, the email message must be cc’d to the chair/director. If applicable, listed collaborators on the project team must be cc’d on the email.

 

How to Apply for a Grant

How to Apply for a Grant

Application Format
To apply to visit another post secondary institution

Develop a proposal (6 pages maximum) that provides a detailed narrative of the project, which includes the following clearly identified sections:

  1. Introduction and Rationale
    1. Introduce the issues and the overall objective of the visit
    2. Describe the rationale for visiting the other institution
    3. Succinctly introduce how your visit may contribute to teaching and learning and/or the student experience at McMaster University
  1. Short biographical sketch of the person/institution that you are visiting
    1. Offer some background information on the institution and colleague(s) you plan to visit
    2. Provide a sense of their expertise in their particular field and/or the value of developing this connection
  1. Literature Review
    1. Demonstrate you have consulted scholarly literature that relates to the objectives and purpose of the visit
    2. Develop an argument to support your particular project
    3. Discuss how the visit to the national/international institution will allow you to contribute further to the field
  1. Timeline and Events
    1. Outline the timeline for the visit
    2. Describe the types of interactions you intend to have at the national/international institution
    3. Outline any event(s) that may/will occur (e.g., public talk, blog post, workshop, etc.)
      *Applicants are encouraged to partner with students as research partners wherever possible
  1. Budget
    1. Present the budget (up to $5,000) required to support your visit to the national/international institution and provide justification (refer to ‘Additional Budget Information’ below for budget guidelines, and other fundable expenses)
  1. Impact
    1. Indicate how you anticipate you (and McMaster more broadly) may be impacted by your visit to the national/international institution
    2. Estimate the number of faculty, staff and students who you might interact with
    3. State the intended outcomes of the visit, and indicate any additional potential projects or applications to teaching practice that could result
  1. Dissemination
    1. Demonstrate a plan of how others at McMaster will find out about your project and visit
    2. Consider the departmental, institutional, and broader community levels
To host a teaching and learning scholar at McMaster University

Develop a proposal (6 pages maximum) that provides a detailed narrative of the project, which includes the following clearly identified sections:

  1. Introduction and Rationale
    1. Introduce the issues and the overall objective of the visit
    2. Describe the rationale for bringing the visitor to McMaster
    3. Succinctly introduce how bringing the visitor to campus for this collaboration will contribute to teaching and learning and/or the student experience at McMaster University
  1. Short biographical sketch of the visiting collaborator
    1. Offer some background information on the potential visitor to provide a sense of their expertise in their particular field and/or the value of developing this connection
  1. Literature Review
    1. Demonstrate you have consulted scholarly literature that relates to the objectives and purpose of the visit
    2. Develop an argument to support your particular project
    3. Discuss how bringing the visiting collaborator to campus will allow you to contribute further to the field
  1. Timeline, Resources, and Events
    1. Outline the timeline for the visit
    2. Briefly describe the resources required for the visiting collaborator and who will provide these (e.g., office space, supplies, materials requested by the visitor)
    3. Describe the types of interactions the visiting collaborator will have with faculty, staff and students at McMaster University
    4. Outline the public event(s) that will occur (e.g., public talk, blog post, workshop, etc.)
      *Applicants are encouraged to partner with students as research partners wherever possible
  1. Budget
    1. Present the budget (up to $5,000) required to support the visitor and provide justification (refer to ‘Additional Budget Information’ below for budget guidelines, and other fundable expenses)
  1. Impact
    1. Indicate how you anticipate teaching and learning scholars at McMaster will be impacted by the visitor
    2. Estimate the number of faculty, staff and students who will interact with the Prominent Academic Visitor
    3. Indicate the potential projects or applications to teaching practice that could result from this visit
  1. Dissemination
    1. Demonstrate a plan of how others will find out about your project and visitor
    2. Consider the departmental, institutional, and broader community levels
Additional Budget Information:
Allowable Costs
  • Travel costs. Reimbursement is restricted to individual expenses, e.g., housing, meals, transportation.
  • Visa fees associated with an international visitor
Ineligible Costs
  • Costs in connection with faculty degree requirements
  • Tuition and fees
  • Travel to professional meetings, registration costs for such meetings
  • Compensation to the faculty sponsor/PI, university staff, research grant employees
  • Honoraria or salaries for the visitor.
  • NOTE: visiting collaborators are not employees of the university and are not eligible for employee health benefits.
Application Forms

Application Form

Note: Some ideas and text appearing in this grant call come from the Visiting Scholars Grant Program at the University of South Carolina. https://www.sc.edu/about/offices_and_divisions/provost/faculty/grants/visitingscholars.php