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.

2018 TLEF Funding Round Announced

The 2018 TLEF call for Large TLEF proposals is now open.  Letters of Intent for Large TLEF projects are due July 14, 2017.  Successful applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by October 13, 2017.  The call for small TLEF proposals will open on September 11, 2017 with a proposals due November 18, 2017.  For more information regarding the application process and criteria, please visit the UBC TLEF web site:

University Timelines for 2018

Large TLEF

Deadline for Arts Abstract Submission: June 28, 2017
Deadline for LOI Submission:  July 14, 2017 at 3pm
Full Proposal Submission (recommended by Dean’s office): October 13, 2017 at 3pm.

Small TLEF

Proposal Call Announcement: to be announced September 11, 2017
Full Proposal Submission: November 14, 2017 at 3pm

Arts Internal Process

In addition to the submission process outlined on the TLEF site, Arts mandates an internal, early submission process for new projects to encourage discussion and coaching ahead of proposal submissions.  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 support in pedagogy, technology, budget development, background research and evaluation planning.   We will also assist in the coordination of similar projects within the Faculty and connect with existing projects and other support from central units like CTLT and UBC Studios.  We encourage faculty to submit abstracts early and believe the additional time will result in higher quality proposals.

For Large TLEF projects (greater than $50,000) or if you are unsure if your project is best suited as a large or small project, please submit your abstract by Wednesday, June 28.   Abstracts for small projects can continue to be submitted after this date.

Complete the following form to submit your TLEF abstract for internal review (new projects only).  Please submit by June 28, 2017 for Large TLEF Projects.

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.

2017 TLEF Recipients

The funding decisions for the 2017 round of TLEF projects have been finalized.  The Faculty of Arts received 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:

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.