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Applying to the Principal’s Teaching Award Scheme

To apply for the PTAS, you need to submit a written proposal. Deadlines, guidance and application form here.

Application deadlines for two calls in academic year 2020/2021 are 15 October 2020 and 11th March 2021. There are no special calls available for the March 2021 submissions.

Applications are submitted by midnight on these dates, and are electronic only. Please note that late submissions will not be accepted and all submissions will require signatures  (you would therefore be submitting pdf scanned copies, or use electronic signatures in your documentation). See further down the page for more details on how to submit.

Guidance notes and application forms

To apply for a PTAS Regular Grant (monies between £1500 and £15,000) please read the Guidance and use the cover form as the first pages in your submitted proposal.


To apply for a PTAS Small Grant (monies up to a maximum £1500), please read the Guidance and use the cover form as your first page in your submitted proposal.

Submission themes and special calls

There are no submission themes specified for the March 2021 submission, but submissions related to widening participation and other University of Edinburgh strategic aims are always welcome  (see Strategy 2030)

Workshops for prospective applicants

Short workshops to help prospective applicants. The workshop provides guidance on how to apply for Principal’s Teaching Award Scheme funding, including advice on what types of projects are funded, and there will also be space to discuss project ideas and ask questions.  

There are no further workshops planned for Academic Year 2020/21, but please see below for a recording of the one held in September 2020.

Video from PTAS Workshop (September 2020) from Cathy Bovill, Academic Lead, to give initial guidance on PTAS and applying:

Recording of PTAS Workshop (September 2020) - watch now (Media Hopper)

Please note when watching the video that, in September, there was also 'special call' funding available, this is NOT the case now. In addition, the application form has changed slightly to include the need to make a short equality and diversity impact statement. Guidance on this is above in the guidance section.

Exemplars of submissions

PTAS Regular Grants exemplars

Anderson et al submission (PDF)

Scoles et al submission (PDF)

Exemplar of submission for PTAS Small Grant

Tse et al submission (PDF)

How to submit your completed application

Format: You are required to submit one electronic PDF copy of your completed application.

Deadline time: The submission deadline is by midnight on the date of submission; late submissions will not be considered.

Application signatures: The submissions require signatures and all those required should be on the submitted application. Italicised fonts are not recognised as a signature for this purpose.

Who to submit to: The submissions should be made via email through this generic email address (IAD Learning and Teaching Support): 

Learning and teaching support

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If you have any questions about PTAS, please contact Emily Salvesen in the first instance.

Emily Salvesen

CPD Programme Manager

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If you would like advice on preparing your application, please either sign up to a workshop or contact Cathy Bovill 

Dr Catherine Bovill

Senior Lecturer in Student Engagement

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