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In line with its Learning and Teaching policy​, Stellenbosch University established the Fund for Innovation and Research into Learning and Teaching (FIRLT) in 2005 in ord​er to encourage a culture of innovation and reflection in learning and teaching at the University. The fund provides an opportunity for lecturers to innovate, evaluate effective practices and processes, and to investigate learning and teaching problems, solutions and trends.  It also provides a mechanism for the dissemination of results designed to improve the quality of learning and teaching.  Any lecturer, team of lecturers or Centre responsible for learning and teaching, may apply for an award.​​​​​​ ​​​​

In ooreenstemming met sy Onderrig-en-Leerbeleid, het die Universiteit Stellenbosch die Fonds vir Innovasie en Navorsing in Leer en Onderrig (FINLO) in 2005 opgestel ten einde 'n kultuur van innovering en besinning oor leer en onderrig by die Universiteit aan te moedig. Die Fonds verskaf 'n geleentheid vir dosente om te innoveer, doeltreffende praktyke en prosesse te evalueer, en leer-en-onderrig -probleme,  oplossings en -prosesse te ondersoek. Dit bied ook 'n meganisme vir die beskikbaarstelling van resultate wat ontwerp is om die gehalte van leer en onderrig te verbeter. Enige dosent, dosentespan of sentrum verantwoordelik vir leer en onderrig kan vir 'n toekenning aansoek doen.

Ngokuhambelana nomgaqo-nkqubo wayo wokuFundisa nokuFunda​, iYunivesithi yaseStellenbosch yaye yamisela iNgxowa-mali yoBuchule noPhando ngokujoliswe ekuFundeni nasekuFundiseni (FIRLT) ngo-2005 ukuze ikhuthaze inkcubeko yobuchule nembonakaliso ekufundeni nasekufundiseni kuyo iYunivesithi. Loo ngxowa-mali ibonelela ngethuba lokuba abahlohli basebenzise ubuchule, bavavanye imisebenzi neenkqubo ezisebenzayo, nokuba baphande iingxaki, izisombululo nokuxhaphakileyo ekufundeni nasekufundiseni. Ikwabonelela ngendlela yokuhanjiswa kweziphumo eyilelwe ukuphucula umgangatho wokufundisa nokufunda. Namphi na umhlohli, iqela labahlohli okanye iZiko elinoxanduva lokufunda nokufundisa, lingafaka isicelo sewonga.​

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FIRLT awards are made twice a year by a subcommittee of the Committee for Learning and Teaching. Proposals are funded up to a maximum of R50 000. 

​​See here for the Regulations for the Management of the Fund for Innovation and Research in Learning and Teaching (FIRLT). ​​All applications are considered by the FIRLT Committee:

How to Apply for FI​RLT Awards:

SU academic and support staff are invited to submit proposals for funding of research and innovation projects which enhance learning and teaching at SU. Proposals highlighting, but not limited to, the following themes are invited:

  1. Innovative assessment at SU. Assessment for learning is integral to enhancing student experience and engagement. How might you show that assessment is important to you and your students?
  2. Curriculum / Programme / Module renewal. Invigorating, investigating and interrogating efforts for renewal reflect your commitment and indicate that your teaching matters at SU.
  3. Decolonisation and/or Social Justice in learning and teaching at SU. Ensuring that our graduates exit the institution as critical citizens and change agents means that our teaching must reflect the SU graduate attributes.
  4. Augmented Remote Teaching Learning and Assessment (ARTLA), Hybrid and Blended Learning. Given the unique context of the pandemic, and other emergent factors contributing to electronic teaching, learning and assessment, proposals that explore aspects and dimensions of this context are encouraged.
  5. Globally Network Learning. Projects aligned to the SU strategic vision of building effective collaborations through partnerships and networks with international institutions and contributing to excellence in teaching and learning. Specific emphasis is currently being placed in the SU International strategic focus area on projects focused on online collaboration and teaching, for example virtual exchanges or collaborative online international learning. Such projects may apply for additional funding.
To apply, complete​ the 2021 application form electronically here. Only applications made on this electronic form will be considered.  You can view an inactive pdf version of the application form here.

​​Develop your idea, talk to colleagues, and consult the CTL advisor in your faculty.​

  You should pay special attention to the guidelines and criteria for the application for FIRLT funding, available he​re.

How to Rep​​ort on FIRLT Awards:

​Use this template to report on your FIRLT project

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How to get Support for FIRLT Proje​​​cts:​

​​In support of FIRLT/FINLO-projects, the university offers writing retreats. Writing retreats offer dedi cated writing time away ​from the office. It usually takes place during May and November for both new and experienced teaching and learning researchers. The purpose of the writing retreat is to work on FIRLT/FINLO proposals or L&T publications. For more information about Writing retreats, Writing by Hours (Slow scholarship)​, click here.​

Academics can also contact the CTL advisor in their faculty for support with FIRLT applications.
Click here for your advisor's contact details. 


Some FIRLT S​​uccesses:

​Video streaming to aid neurology training ​​​Video streaming.png

Thanks to funding provided by Stellenbosch University's (SU) Fund for Innovation and Research into Learning and Teaching (FIRLT), video-conferencing facilities and off-site neurology training can now be implemented at three clinical learning centres across the Western Cape.

​ ​For a list of previous FIRLT-recipients and their contact details, ​click here.

Contact Details

Closing date for 2021 FIRLT applications

  •   25 June 2021​​​​
  •   19 November 2021​​​​​

Support for your FIRLT Application