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Schreyer Institute Grants

Our mission is to advance and inspire excellence in Penn State’s teaching and learning community. To accomplish this, we offer a portfolio of grant opportunities for Penn State faculty and academic units seeking support for teaching and learning endeavors primarily in undergraduate education. We value proposals that address issues of equity and inclusion in teaching and learning.

Each grant includes a support from an Institute faculty consultant as well as funding.

Our funding comes from endowments, which have specific spending restrictions. Please review the restrictions below and discuss your ideas with 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, 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 has a different focus.

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, Teaching Community grants are excluded from this limitation.

We cannot fund:

  • “Buy outs,” summer salary, or supplemental salary for Penn State employees
  • Course design, preparation, and updating activities
  • Graduate assistantships
  • Expenses related to study abroad or study away programs
  • Raffle prizes, gift cards, incentives, or monetary awards for participants
  • Goods or services from international companies and vendors
  • Donations to organizations (e.g., in lieu of entrance fees)
  • Membership fees
  • Multi-year proposals (funds must be spent during the fiscal year July 1-June 30)
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