Institute for Academic Development
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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 below.

Application deadlines for two calls in academic year 2022/2023 are 6th October 2022 and 9th March 2023.

Applications are submitted by 23:59 PM GMT 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 support the project planning and proposal building stage, please read our Guidance document for both small and large grants

Guidance related to applications for PTAS Grants Guidance (PDF) 

To apply for a PTAS Small Grant (monies up to a maximum of £2500), please use our Small Grant form.

To apply for a PTAS Regular Grant (monies between £2501 and £18,000) please use our Regular Grant form.

Submission themes and special calls

There are as yet no themes specified for the 22/23 submissions, 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.  

Practical Strategies for... Applying for Principal's Teaching Award Scheme

Below is a video from a PTAS Workshop (September 2022) from Dr Jacqueline Dohaney, Academic Lead, to give initial guidance on PTAS and applying:

Guidance on PTAS and how to apply - watch video now (Media Hopper)

Please note that previous calls may have had additional 'special calls' for funding also available, this is NOT the case at this point in time.  

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 23:59 PM GMT 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 Andrew Street in the first instance:

Andrew Street

Senior Administrative Officer

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If you would like advice on preparing your application, please either sign up to a workshop or contact  Dr Jacqueline Dohaney:  

Dr Jacqueline Dohaney

Academic Developer (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning)

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