The Western Mentoring Micro Grant Program

Mentoring promotes professional growth and career advancement of new faculty. It can take a variety of forms depending on the individual, and her or his disciplinary area, for example: through individual interactions with more experienced colleagues, or through a network of peers and experts in different areas. Currently, the Teaching Support Centre organizes workshops and special events for new faculty to assist them in accessing and developing the resources and networks they need to succeed at Western. These mentoring initiatives help to build our community and to recruit and retain members of faculty.

To assist new, untenured tenure track Western faculty to access resources in the areas in which they need support for their career development, the Teaching Support Centre offers the Western Mentoring Micro Grant.

Details of the Mentoring Micro Grant Program

To enhance teaching and research and to develop solid careers, faculty often need resources to acquire new skills and new research and teaching methods, and to develop partnerships with established scholars. Micro Grants are designed to provide opportunities for tenure track, pre-tenure members of faculty to choose mentoring opportunities that make good sense for their own professional development, but that may be inaccessible to them because of lack of funding.

Some examples of ways that a Micro Grant could work:

  • a scholar from another institution with the same area of research or teaching who is recognized as a potential mentor could be invited to Western; an event such as a faculty seminar or talk for new faculty could be sponsored; probationary faculty could host a meal for networking opportunities;
  • a tenure-track faculty member could arrange to visit a scholar or research team at another institution to experience a new research or teaching method and be mentored in the new techniques. (Please note that if the grant involves travelling elsewhere for mentoring by a senior faculty member, a Letter of Invitation from that person would greatly enhance the application);
  • a tenure-track faculty member could attend a conference or meeting specifically designed for mentoring in a given field (such as women academics in science or engineering);
  • a tenure-track faculty member could hire a coach or editor to work with a small faculty writing group (3-5 faculty members) to develop more effective scholarly writing practices and review manuscripts for publication.

In their applications, applicants should address what will be done to facilitate sharing the knowledge gained from the mentoring experience with colleagues and graduate students at Western. This could involve having the senior mentor visit Western to give a talk, workshop or class, developing ongoing ties with the senior mentor for research or teaching collaborations, or it could be that the applicant plans to share his/her knowledge gained from the mentoring opportunity through formal or informal talks and discussions with colleagues and students.


All full-time pre-tenure tenure-track Western faculty are eligible to submit applications for Micro Grants. Limited Term faculty who are being converted to tenure track by July 1st in the year of the grant (running from January 1 to December 30) are also eligible.  Grant holders must be untenured during the entire year the grant funds are available, so faculty who would achieve tenure by July 1st are ineligible. Members of the affiliated university colleges also are ineligible to receive this funding.

Amount of Grant

Micro Grants may be awarded to an individual tenure-track faculty member or a small group (3-5) of tenure-track faculty members. The amount of the grant can be up to $2,500 and will be awarded for a one-year period. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of December 2017.

Deadline for Applications: December 1, 2017

Application should consist of one printed copy, plus one electronic copy (as a single file in Word or preferably PDF).
The electronic copy should be submitted by e-mail to

Send print copy of the application to:

Dr. Gloria Leckie
Coordinator, Faculty Mentor Program
Teaching Support Centre
Room 122, The D.B. Weldon Library
Western University
London, Ontario N6A 3K7

Grant Completion Report

At the end of the year for which the grant was awarded, each grantee is expected to submit a report to the Teaching Support Centre outlining: 

  • what you have learned through the project
  • the impact on your research and/or teaching
  • how you have shared your knowledge with the Western community
  • what you have learned about mentoring through this experience.

Criteria for Selection

Proposals will be evaluated based on key criteria:

  • Does the project include a plan of action that is realistic, practical and fiscally responsible?
  • The proposal cannot duplicate funding to attend conferences normally provided by other sources, but must be specifically focused on mentoring opportunities at a conference, symposium or workshop.
  • Does the project serve as a foundation for continuing mentoring opportunities after the funded year?
  • Can the project serve as a model for mentoring in other individual, departmental, and interdisciplinary scenarios?

Application Cover Sheet

Application Cover Sheet (docx, pdf)



Dr. Gloria Leckie
Coordinator, Faculty Mentor Program
Teaching SUpport Centre