Research and scholarship in teaching and learning


Please read the guide to Good practice for collaborative research (available to Deakin staff only).


The Office for Learning and Teaching administer funding for the following grants:

  • Innovation and Development Program
  • Seed Projects
  • Extension Grants
  • Strategic Priority Commissioned Projects

Deakin Learning Futures has an internal endorsement process before proposals are submitted to the Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT).

Please note: The OLT will only accept proposals endorsed by Deakin's Institutional Contact Officer (ICO).

Round 1 2015

If you are interested in applying in the Round 1 2015 OLT Grant program please email for a Grant Concept Form

Grant Concept forms are now due - contact the Learning Research Team

IMPORTANT UPDATE - The OLT have advised that Seed grant applications will not be accepted in Round 1 2015. Only in Round 2 2015

The Office for Learning and Teaching have advised Round 1 2015 grant proposals are due COB 28 November 2014.

Further information, guidelines and priority areas available

Teaching and Learning Awards

The Deakin University Learning Awards offer the following annual awards:

  • The Vice Chancellor's Award for Teacher of the Year (individual only, one award per year)
  • The WJC Banks Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning (individual or team, one award per year)
  • The Jim and Alison Leslie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching and Learning (individual or team, one award per year)
  • Deakin Award for Teaching Excellence (individual or team, up to 9 awards per year).

Applications are encouraged from both individuals and teams and all applicants are strongly encouraged to provide evidence of achievement within a course or major.

The Vice-Chancellor's Awards - Learning Awards 2014:

  • Application form and guidelines for the Learning Awards are now available

The Office for Learning and Teaching offer the following annual awards:

  • Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning
  • Awards for Teaching Excellence

To be eligible to apply for an Office for Learning and Teaching Citation, Teaching Excellence or Program award you must be nominated from a pool which includes nominations from Associate Deans (Teaching and Learning), Heads of School, Directors of Divisions and other senior staff across the university. Teaching and Program award nominees will be invited to provide an Expression of Interest which are then reviewed and sent to the DVC (E) for endorsement, the nominee is then invited to continue with the application.

The Learning Research and Evaluation team within Deakin Learning Futures provides assistance at every stage of the awards process, including; providing a mentor, peer review of the written statement, proof reading, timely advice regarding milestones and deadlines, final document formatting, upload to OLT and other general support to make the process as streamlined as possible.

2012 Citation winners

2013 Teaching Excellence and Citation winners

Further information available on teaching and learning awards


The Office for Learning and Teaching may offer up to 4 National Senior Teaching Fellowships and up to 6 National Teaching Fellowships each year.

The Fellowships program is aimed at advancing 'learning and teaching in higher education by supporting leading educators to undertake strategic, high-profile activities in areas of importance to the sector.' (

Details of the Fellowship program can be found on the OLT website
The Learning Research and Evaluation team provide support for Fellowship applications. Please discuss your interest with the team by emailing the Learning Research and Evaluation Team 

Information regarding the next fellowship round will be added here as it becomes available.

Further information available on fellowships


Mentors are an integral part of the OLT Awards and Citations process. They work with nominees as a support and guide throughout the application process. If you are interested in mentoring please contact the Learning Research and Evaluation Team

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