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3M National Teaching Fellowship

In 1986, the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) and 3M Canada partnered to recognize exceptional contributions to teaching and learning at Canadian universities. The community of 3M National Teaching Fellows embodies the highest ideals of teaching excellence and scholarship with a commitment to encourage and support the educational experience of every learner.

Up to ten Fellowships are selected annually. 

Canada now has 278 3M National Teaching Fellows, representing a broad range of academic disciplines from over ?80 small and large Canadian universities. They work to support teaching and learning at their own institutions and through larger, collaborative initiatives, supported by the Council of 3M Fellows and the STLHE.


  • The Fellowship is open to any individual currently teaching at a Canadian university, regardless of discipline, level, or term of appointment.  
  • Nominees need not be members of STLHE. 

General Information

  • The Call for Nominations is distributed by email to the offices of the Provosts and Vice-Presidents (Academic) at all Canadian universities, to Educational Development Centres, and to members of STLHE.
  • Anyone can nominate a candidate for the Fellowship.  STLHE encourages nominations from administrators, department heads, colleagues, and former students.
  • Nominations are welcome in both English and French. 


Once selected, the new Fellows can look forward to several productive and enjoyable opportunities.  They will become life members of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and the Council of 3M National Teaching Fellows.  New Fellows will also be invited to attend the STLHE annual conference at (June 16 to 19, 2015) and a teaching and learning retreat at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (November 6 to 10, 2015).  New Fellows should plan to set aside both dates.  

At the retreat, recipients spend many hours in one another’s company.  Their free-flowing conversations about personal, professional, and scholarly issues in higher education result in bonding at a deep level.