Fund for Innovative Teaching (FIT) Grants


This fund is currently closed to applications. Applications will open in Spring 2022.

The Center for Faculty Development and Excellence offers the Fund for Innovative Teaching (FIT) Grant program to support faculty teaching.


FIT Grants are seed grants for longer-term pedagogical transformations in the classroom. The key criterion is that proposals promise long-term educational effects within the Emory community. Funds support innovative undergraduate and/or graduate, and postgraduate teaching at Emory. Grants range from $500 to $5000. FIT Grants are open to all full-time faculty (including tenured, tenure-track, teaching track, clinical track, and other faculty with long-term appointments) and are available for both individual faculty members and faculty working as teams. Only one proposal per project will be considered. Applicants must have their own Speedtype account or be connected to a department that has a Speedtype account. 


Sample FIT and GAIT Grants

Funds support a variety of new approaches: 

  • Courses that support recent discoveries in research and take that research into the classroom 
  • New interdisciplinary courses that move across departments or across schools 
  • Courses that use creative pedagogical approaches (some examples: developing a student exhibit using materials in special collections, development of virtual “rounds” in a hospital, or flipping a classroom) 

Notes on types of uses for the funds:  

  • Funds may be used to support bringing outside scholars into the classroom, but the proposal must show how this will lead to a sustained change in the course over future years.
  • Funds may be used for the kinds of materials that are needed to get a class up and running – and will contribute to future iterations of the class.
  • FIT funds may not be used for honoraria for Emory faculty.
  • FIT funds can be used for summer salary support for the proposer. Need for summer salary support must be carefully justified.