Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF)

The Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF) was created in 1991 to enrich student learning by supporting innovative and effective educational enhancements. It is financed entirely by a portion of the student tuition paid to UBC Vancouver. Each year, the Office of the Provost invites all UBC-V Faculties and Colleges to apply for TLEF funding for initiatives that will improve the student learning experience at our university. To enable larger proposals to best align with the strategic priorities of the Department, Faculty and the institution, a two-stage proposal development process was introduced for the 2015 funding call that divided the funding call into large (above $50,000) and small (less than $50,000) projects.

2017 TLEF Recipients Announced

The funding decisions for the 2017 round of TLEF projects have been finalized.  The Faculty of Arts has 11 new and 5 returning projects funded for a total of $399,501. The complete list of funded projects is available on the TLEF web site:

2018 TLEF Application Cycle: Internal Arts TLEF Abstracts

The schedule for the next round of TLEF funding has not yet been announced, but it is anticipated that there will be an early June call for Letters of Intent for Large TLEF projects, with the LOI due in mid-July.  Arts mandates an early submission process to encourage discussion, and coaching ahead of proposal submissions.  A separate announcement on specific dates and processes will be sent once details have been finalized.

University Timelines for 2018

Note:  Dates will be posted here once they have been announced.

Large TLEF

Deadline for an LOI:  to be announced
Full Proposal Submission (recommended by Dean’s office): to be announced

Small TLEF

Proposal Call Announcement: to be announced
Full Proposal Submission: to be announced

Arts Internal Process

The Arts TLEF Abstracts submission process allows faculty to submit short project ideas (abstracts) to get early feedback and consultation.  The submissions will be shared with Associate Deans and reviewed by ArtsISIT staff who have assisted on numerous TLEF proposals and can offer expertise in pedagogy and technology along with helping applicants connect with other similar projects and support units such as CTLT and UBC Studios.  For proposal development, Arts ISIT staff can support faculty in budget development, background research and evaluation planning.  We encourage faculty to submit abstracts early and believe the additional time will result in higher quality proposals.


Complete the following form to submit your TLEF abstract for internal review

TLEF Abstracts Submission Form

ArtsISIT senior staff reviews projects and coordinates with the Arts ISIT Director and Dean’s Office for alignment with strategic priorities.  We will contact you to set up an initial meeting.

ArtsISIT senior staff works closely with you to develop your proposal and budget, consulting with other units (CTLT, IT, UBC Studios)

A reminder announcement of the call for submissions to the
University Timelines will be sent out to ensure the LOI and proposals are submitted by the University deadlines.

Sample Proposals

Contact Information

If you would like more information or have questions about the TLEF process, please contact Jason Myers at jason.myers@ubc.ca.