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Project-based learning

Time to be innovative

How to apply and for whom are the grants intended?

  • You are a lecturer or team of lecturers teaching one or more courses at the UvA and are (partially) responsible for the development of a course;
  • You are interested in educational innovation;
  • You are prepared to share your own knowledge and inspire others;
  • You hold a position at the UvA for at least 0.5 FTE, which will last (at minimum) for the duration of the project;
  • Your supervisor has granted you permission to spend hours on this project.

Available grants 
The grants will be made available for courses scheduled to begin in block 6 of semester 2, and block 1,2 and 3 of semester 1 of the 2020/2021 academic year. A maximum of 80 hours is available for each grant; the precise amount will depend on the proposal submitted. These hours will be in addition to the hours already assigned for this course by your department.

Structure of the project
If you are awarded a grant, the hours you will receive should be spent on:

  • Developing the skills-focused learning activities (before the course starts)
  • Implementing your plans while the course is in progress
  • Evaluating the results
  • Sharing the knowledge that has been gained with others

The IIS can offer you help and support as you elaborate your plans and share relevant best practices.

Deadline has passed.

The following criteria will be applied when selecting the grant recipients:

  • Degree of innovation demonstrated by the project and the expected improvement to education
  • Quality of the proposal (including substantiation, relationship between learning goals and objectives of the programme as a whole, plan of action, etc.)
  • The feasibility of the project within the set period of time
  • Relevance to teaching practice at the university
  • The educational experience and background of the applicant(s)
  • Distribution of the grants across the various programmes and faculties

Soon a new application form will be uploaded. When interested, you can also already mail to

Upon selection, the applicant must be supply a written guarantee from his or her supervisor indicating that if the applicant receives the funding, his or her department head or manager will ensure the applicant is given sufficient opportunity to conduct the project.

The application will be evaluated by a committee consisting various experts across university and programme manager of the education lab at the IIS. This evaluation committee will submit a recommendation to the director of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, who will then take a final decision regarding allocation of funding.
Once it has been concluded, the project will be evaluated in cooperation with the IIS and the results will be shared within the UvA, as well potentially included in a publication.