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Funding of the ALe

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Good teaching is of central importance at the University of Jena. The Academy for Teaching Development underlines the importance of teaching for the University by announcing funding lines that contribute to the further development and improvement of teaching at our University. These are intended to provide the additional resources necessary to promote teaching on a project or event basis.
We invite all University members interested in good teaching to participate in the Academy's calls for proposals that are relevant to them!

Which teaching projects can be funded?

The ALe advertises the funding lines mentioned below.
You may find it useful to see the calls for proposals for the individual funding lines, which give you more information about the type of teaching-related projects that can be funded:

Free Space for Teaching Expand entry

With the funding line ‘Free Space for Teaching’, the Academy for Teaching Development supports teachers committed to the further development of teaching. Teachers at our University can thus be provided with additional resources for implementing specific projects in the area of academic teaching.

Further development of academic teaching may relate to:

  • the development of new teaching and learning concepts, or new teaching contents;
  • the conceptualization or profound re-organization of study programmes (taking the structural requirements for study programmes into consideration);
  • the further development of the curriculum.

In this funding line, a maximum of €50,000 per year are made available. Funding is granted for up to two semesters, usually beginning in the next winter semester after the submission of the application.
The funds granted may be used for the following expenses:

  • reciprocal financing of temporary reductions/exemptions of teaching load;
  • expenses for student assistants or tutors;
  • expenses for documenting and publishing the project-related results and findings.

All full-time members of the teaching staff at the University are eligible to apply. The projects may be carried out by individuals or by teams likewise.

When selecting projects to be funded, the decisive factor is the expected contribution to the advancement of the academic teaching. Therefore, the selection criteria are:

  • added value for teaching in the respective subject, e.g. by developing re-usable teaching formats and contents, or sustainable teaching materials;
  • broad impact of the measure, e.g. enrichment of teaching in other subjects (encouraged by an exchange of experiences);
  • potential for a sustainable integration of new teaching and learning concepts.

Would you like to apply for funding for your teaching project?

Please submit your complete application documents according to the call for applications via the Dean's Office/the Dean for Studtent Affairs! Further information on the application procedure can be found here.

Innovation in Teaching Expand entry

The Academy for Teaching Development promotes teachers who are committed to the high quality of academic teaching at our University. That is why the funding line ‘Innovation in Teaching’ is made available to all full-time employees of the University who are involved in teaching. Projects to be funded are those which aim at:

  • carrying out out an innovative teaching concept for the first time;
  • expanding successfully implemented department-specific teaching concepts to other departments;
  • integrating successfully tested innovative teaching concepts into the curriculum in the long term.

In the present funding line, projects may be funded with up to €15,000.
The funds granted may be used for the following expenses:

  • temporary increase of working hours for a teaching associate (based on the collective agreement TV-L) to carry out the teaching project;
  • temporary employment of student assistants or tutors to support the teaching project;
  • teaching contracts based on concepts;
  • project-based material resources;
  • expenses for documenting and publishing project-related findings-

The criteria, which are given special consideration when assessing the proposals, are based on the objectives of the funding line:

  • Innovation: The project to be funded should be innovative. This may refer to the further development of established teaching forms and to the testing of new teaching concepts. It also implies putting a new content-related emphasis on the teaching.
  • Sustainability: Firstly, the project may be of experimental nature. Provided the experiment is successful, the sustainability of the teaching innovation should, however, be guaranteed. Sustainability may be achieved, for instance, by providing a stable financial concept for the continuation of the project, through changes within the study programme, or through the development of re-usable teaching formats or teaching materials that can be used in the long term.
  • Transferability: After the project phase / test phase, it should be possible to transfer the project to a larger or different group of participants, or to other departments. Furthermore, the project should advance teaching within the department or beyond.

Would you like to apply for funding for your teaching project?

Please submit your complete application documents according to the call for applications via the Dean's Office/the Dean for Studtent Affairs! Further information on the application procedure can be found here.

Discussion about Development in the Faculties Expand entry

The Academy for Teaching Development supports faculties in strengthening and further developing subject-specific academic teaching. The funding line Discussion about Development in the Faculties therefore sets a focus on the subject-specific exchange on teaching and learning at the respective faculty. Public conferences, internal conferences, or other dialogue-based forms are eligible for funding.

In this funding line, individual projects may be funded with up to €2,500 each. Among many other measures, the funds granted may be used, for instance, for the following event-related measures:

  • expenses for student and graduate assistants;
  • costs for speakers, moderators;
  • costs for event materials;
  • expenses for documenting and publishing project-specific results and findings.

Would you like to apply for funding for your teaching project?

Please submit your complete application documents according to the call for applications via the Dean's Office/the Dean for Studtent Affairs! Further information on the application procedure can be found here.

Student Initiatives Expand entry

The Academy for Teaching Development supports students in strengthening and further developing subject-specific academic teaching. The funding line ‘Student Initiatives’ provides special funding for student projects that encourage the subject-specific or interdisciplinary exchange related to teaching or that focus on the promotion of academic teaching and learning.

In this funding line, individual projects may be funded with up to €2,500 each.
The funds granted may be used for the following expenses:

  • expenses for student assistants or tutors;
  • fees for speakers, moderators;
  • costs for event materials;
  • expenses for documenting and publishing project-related results and findings.

All enrolled students are eligible to apply for funding for a student initiative. (Doctoral candidates are not eligible for this funding line, as they can apply for independent funding through the Graduate Academy).

When assessing the proposals, the following criteria are taken into account in particular:

  • The project or event is planned and carried out by students of the University of Jena.
  • The project deals with a current problem related to subject-specific learning.
  • The project encourages the improvement of teaching and/or learning methods.

Would you like to apply for funding for your project?

Please submit your complete application documents according to the call for applications via the Dean's Office/the Dean for Studtent Affairs! Further information on the application procedure can be found here.

Student Initiatives PLUS (in cooperation with the Ernst-Abbe-Stiftung) Expand entry

In cooperation with the Ernst-Abbe-Stiftung, the Academy for Teaching Development supports the commitment of students in the area of teaching and learning at Friedrich Schiller University Jena. Individual projects organized by students, which serve the purpose of subject-related or interdisciplinary exchange on topics regarding teaching and learning, or which focus on the promotion of academic learning and teaching, are to receive special funding.

In this funding line, individual projects may be funded with up to €2,500 each.
The funds granted may be used for the following expenses:

  • expenses for student assistants or tutors;
  • fees for speakers, moderators;
  • costs for event materials;
  • expenses for documenting and publishing project-related results and findings.

All enrolled students are eligible to apply for funding for a student initiative. (Doctoral candidates are not eligible for this funding line, as they can apply for independent funding through the Graduate Academy).

When assessing the proposals, the following criteria are taken into account in particular:

  • The project or event is planned and carried out by students of the University of Jena.
  • The project supports students’ learning also beyond study contents in the narrower sense.
  • The project is an existing student initiative that fulfils some of the criteria mentioned above.

Would you like to apply for funding for your project?

Please submit your complete application documents according to the call for applications via the Dean's Office/the Dean for Studtent Affairs! Further information on the application procedure can be found here.

When and how is it possible to apply for funding?

When?

Applications can be submitted to the Academey of Teaching Development only via the Dean's Office (usually the Dean for Student Affairs) of your faculty by 15 March (all funding lines) and 15 September (funding lines "Development Dialogue in the Faculties", "Student Initiatives" and "Student Initiatives PLUS"). Therefore, please submit your application to the Dean's Office (in many cases to the Dean for Student Affairs) by the internal faculty deadline.
Information on the internal faculty deadlines You will  find below or you can obtain it from the dean's office (usually from the Dean for Student Affairs) of your faculty.

Internal
faculty
deadlines
all
funding lines

funding lines
"Discussion about Development in the Faculties"
"Student Initiatives"
"Student Initiatives PLUS"

  • all faculties
15. February 15. August
 
How?

Information on the necessary application documents can be found in the call for the respective funding line. The calls for proposals for the individual funding lines, corresponding financial requirement calculation aids and the application form can be found in the download area of this page.

Applications should preferably be in German or, if applicable, in English.

Links to already funded projects

Free Space for Teaching
Innovation in Teaching
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