1. Introduction
  2. Purpose
  3. Eligibility
  4. Award
  5. Selection
  6. Expectation
  7. Application
  8. Timing


The Discovery Centre is an established unit at Carleton University that supports innovation in undergraduate studies. Comprising of an informal learning space, with a gaming lab, multimedia lab and learning lab, along with support for undergraduate research, the centre has become known as place where different avenues to education can be explored. This new fellowship will provide an opportunity for Carleton faculty members to further develop or innovate their teaching and make an impact to the broader academic community. Up to two fellowships will be awarded each year.


The purpose of the award is to encourage and facilitate teaching innovation, building upon the past successes the fellow has in teaching innovation at the undergraduate level. The support is in the form of funding for teaching relief and funding for equipment, relevant travel (a maximum of 40 per cent can be spent on travel) and related costs to help develop ideas on innovative teaching practices.


This is open to all full-time faculty involved in teaching. The award can only be received once.


Recipients will receive the funding to buy out up to two teaching releases¹ over one year (maximum of one per term), plus a research grant of $5,000. The fellowship recipient can not only utilize the space and technologies in the Discovery Centre, but can also work with the Discovery Centre team in developing the centre’s activities and innovation. Use of the Discovery Centre space is encouraged and even project proposals related to the development of the centre’s space and facilities are welcomed.

The title of Discovery Centre Fellow can be used for the year.


Completion of the form, including a project proposal, is required for applying. A panel composed of the Provost, the Director of the Discovery Centre and the Associate Vice-President Teaching and Learning (or their designates), one faculty member and one librarian will review and select the fellows. Selection will be based on the two areas of:

  1. the applicant’s success with and contribution to teaching quality and innovation.
  2. the project proposal quality and innovation. This includes its originality as well as its alignment with the centre’s and the university’s initiatives and potential for impact in teaching quality and experience for students at the university. The proposed project should fit within an undergraduate course or program at Carleton.


Recipients of the fellowship will be required to submit a final report (up to two pages), along with the summary (up to 250 words), which might be used on the Discovery Centre website, reports and other communications.


The application should include completion of the application form and details of:

  • past teaching achievements, including recent teaching evaluations for the last three years;
  • a brief teaching philosophy statement (one page max);
  • evidence of innovation in teaching (such as innovative materials, publications, teaching awards or similar);
  • letter of support from department chair or unit director²;
  • detailed description of the project. This should include:
    • the aim of the work;
    • information on the undergraduate course(s), program or beyond that the project will be applied;
    • details of the project;
    • a rationale on how it will contribute to innovation in teaching and learning;
    • an outline on how the finances will be used;
    • a project timeline;
    • mention of where the project fits with Carleton University’s current priorities.
  • Projects in the application cannot be similar to other award applications (such as the Teaching Achievement Awards) or grant bids.


Applications are due by April 30, 2019 and should be submitted by email to the administrative assistant of the Discovery Centre (aleksandra.minic@carleton.ca). It is expected the fellowship would be taken up on July 1 of the same year.

1. Teaching releases need to be discussed with your department chair or unit director.

2. Proposals that are submitted without a letter of support from the department chair or unit director will not be considered.