"Art of the Possible" Education Scholarship Grants

“The uniqueness of our discipline lies in its focus of application.  It is the academic study of the art of the possible…”

Dr. Fred Fallis, former DFCM Chair


The Office of Education Scholarship (OES) in the Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) is pleased to offer seed grants in support of proposed projects that will enhance education scholarship within the department. The OES is available to support faculty members throughout the application process. To request a consultation, email the OES at dfcm.edscholarship@utoronto.ca.  

Possible Projects

Examples of possible projects based on Boyer’s categories of education scholarship from The Scholarship of Teaching
(Boyer EL. The scholarship of teaching from: Scholarship reconsidered: Priorities of the professoriate. College Teaching. 1991 Feb 1;39(1):11-3.)

  1. Projects related to the scholarship of teaching: transforming or extending knowledge of teaching and learning processes; building bridges between the teacher’s knowledge and the student’s understanding. These often include innovative ways of teaching or program evaluation projects.
  2. Projects related to the scholarship of application: drawing the connection between research and practice, developing new intellectual understandings through clinical or educational practice.
  3. Projects related to the scholarship of integration: making connections across disciplines; illuminating data in a revealing way; fitting one’s own research, or the research of others, into larger intellectual patterns; or to interpret, draw together, and bring new insight to bear on original research. These often include interprofessional collaboration and the notion of interdisciplinary work.
  4. Projects related to the scholarship of discovery: contributing new knowledge and advancing the discipline of academic family medicine. These projects are usually referred to as “research” and must include a specific research question, objectives and hypotheses.

The Primary Applicant Must:

  • Have their Program Director’s support to pursue this application. The following DFCM Programs/Divisions are eligible: Undergraduate Education, Postgraduate Education, Graduate Studies, Faculty Development, Global Health and Emergency Medicine. Funded projects are intended to be in line with program/division priorities.
  • Hold a primary faculty appointment with the DFCM as a full-time clinical or part-time clinical member of the Faculty of Medicine.Members of any academic rank (lecturer, assistant professor, associate professor or full professor) are eligible to apply. Adjunct clinical faculty members can act as a collaborator on a grant held by a full-time or part-time faculty member.
  • Be a faculty member engaged in educational activities (such as education scholarship or the development and delivery of our educational programs) in/of the DFCM
  • Agree to take responsibility for the overall project design, development, budgetary oversight and completion.
  • Agree to provide mid- and year-end reports as well as present a poster on their project at the 2019 DFCM Conference. We encourage further dissemination where possible.

Faculty members may apply as an individual or as part of a team.


  • Will be provided for one year, effective June 1, 2017, and is non-renewable.
  • Will be provided to a maximum of $5000 per project.

Application Process

  1. First Steps: Applicants are invited to (a) contact their Program Director promptly should they be interested in applying for this funding and (b) email Rachel Ellis at the OES dfcm.scholarship@utoronto.ca to discuss next steps. Consultations are available with OES team members throughout this application process.
  2. PeArLS Session: Each Program Director has the opportunity to invite up to three project leads to present their ideas at a Personally Arranged Learning Session (PeArLS) being held on January 31, 2017 from 2:00-4:30.  Each project lead will have an opportunity to present and discuss their topic area within a small group and a large group format. This will be a fun and enjoyable opportunity to brainstorm and collaborate in a safe and supportive setting. Attendance is not a requirement for the application process but may be helpful in refining your ideas.
  3. Expressions of Interest: Brief Expressions of Interest Application (Word) will be due on March 31, 2017 and should be submitted by email to the OES (dfcm.edscholarship@utoronto.ca). Based on program/division priorities, the Program/Division Directors will then select a number of projects to move forward to the final application. Faculty members of the OES will be available to provide consultations to the project leads/teams prior to the final submission. 
  4. Final Application: Final applications will be due May 12, 2017.  Applications will require a detailed description of the project, background, project rationale, outcomes, comments on feasibility and sustainability, reference list, and finally a detailed project budget. The DFCM’s Internal Education Grant Committee will then adjudicate the applications. Funding announcements will be released May 29, 2017.
  5. Ethics Review: Successful grant holders will be required to have appropriate Ethics Board approval in place prior to the release of funds; please know that REB approval can sometimes take a while to obtain.

Questions related to the “The Art of the Possible” education scholarship grants can be directed to the OES at dfcm.edscholarship@utoronto.ca or to your Program Director.

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