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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 2021/2022 are 7th October 2021 and 10th March 2022.

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 £2501 and £18,000) 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 of £2500), please read the Guidance and use the cover form as your first page in your submitted proposal.

Submission themes and special calls

There are as yet no themes specified for the 21/22 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

We also provide this video from a PTAS Workshop (September 2021) from Cathy Bovill, 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 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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