Staebler Insurance OER Fellows Grant

An open textbook, with a pair of glasses laying upside on the right hand side and a few pens lying in the centre.

Making learning materials freely accessible and available to the Waterloo community is part of the Library's mission. Staebler Insurance is bolstering these efforts by donating $100,000 to the Library to support the update of open educational resources (OER) at Waterloo.

The Staebler Insurance OER Fellows Grant will provide a maximum of $20,000 annually over five years (2023-2028) to fund projects that develop OER for use in Waterloo courses.

The grants can be used to:

  • design and create original resources,
  • adapt existing resources (ex. revising an open textbook for a Canadian/Waterloo context), or
  • develop resources that mix original and adapted content.

All materials funded by the grant will be assigned a Creative Commons licence and made publicly available. In addition to working on their projects, OER Fellows will share their work in progress and demonstrate their finished products at periodic events arranged by Waterloo's OER Working Group (e.g. a presentation during Open Education Week). A final project report is also required.

Amount per grant: up to $5,000

Application Deadline: Monday, April 3, 2023 Monday, April 10

Successful applicants will be notified by Friday, April 28, 2023, and will have until April 30, 2024 to complete their projects.

Information Sessions:

Staebler Insurance OER Fellow Grant information session, Monday, March 6, 11am

How can the Agile Development Team (ADT) support your OER?, Tuesday, March 7, 11am

Questions? Just ask

Interested but want to learn more about OER first? Start on our page about Open Educational Resources first. Then have a look at some of the open resources created by Waterloo instructors.

Send your questions about the grant to Lauren Byl (copyright and licensing librarian) and Abbey Colucci (open education and instructional design librarian) will answer questions sent to that address.

Grant guidelines