Schreyer Institute Grants

Our mission is to advance and inspire excellence in Penn State’s teaching and learning community. To accomplish that we offer a portfolio of grant oppotunities for Penn State faculty, departments, and degree-granting programs seeking support for teaching and learning endeavors primarily in undergraduate education.

Each grant includes a support from an Institute faculty consultant.

One of the most common questions we get is what we can/cannot fund. Because we offer an array of funding opportunities in our grants portfolio, we always recommend discussing your plans with one of our faculty consultants prior to submitting a proposal.

Please visit the appropriate page for additional information about deadlines, funding amounts, and eligibility. If you have questions about any of our grants programs, please send them to us at

What we can fund

All expenditures must be related to the teaching and/or learning mission of the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence. Each grant program funds different activities and items. Please see each grant page for specifics of what that grant program funds.

What we cannot fund

In order to support many instructors, an individual may receive only one grant every three years from the following programs: Teaching Transformation and Innovation (TTI), Teaching and Learning Scholarship (TLS), and Assessment of Student Learning. Lilly Conference, Faculty Teaching Community, and Community of Practice grants are excluded from this limitation.

Please be aware that because our funding comes from specific endowments, our spending is restricted. We cannot fund:

  • Faculty “buy outs,” summer salary, or supplemental salary for staff or faculty
  • Course design, preparation, and updating activities that are an expected part of teaching
  • Graduate assistantships or student wages for expected course design or development
  • Expenses to support study abroad or study away programs
  • Raffle prizes, gift cards, incentives, or monetary awards for participants
  • Goods or services from companies and vendors in other countries
  • Donations to organizations (e.g., in lieu of entrance fees)
  • Multi-year proposals (funds must be spent during a single fiscal year