NTU Collaborative Online International Learning Grant 

The NTU Collaborative Online International Learning (NTU COIL) Grant presents faculty with a unique opportunity to develop and offer semester or special term hybrid/virtual undergraduate (UG) course(s) with synchronous components. These UG courses may include a learning trip to an ASEAN-China-India (ACI) country. This will allow NTU students to learn alongside students from overseas institutions, thus providing them with cross-cultural, global opportunities for virtual learning and engagement. 

NTU COIL Grant is funded by the Office of the Provost through the Associate Provost (Undergraduate Education).

To view a list of past projects which have been awarded the NTU COIL Grant, please click here.


Application is open to all full-time faculty in all colleges offering undergraduate programmes, i.e. CoE, CoS, CoHASS, NBS, NIE and LKCMED.

To download a copy of the detailed COIL Grant Guidelines, please click here.

Types of Course Development

a) Virtual (synchronous & asynchronous). New or existing course(s) developed should have a good blend of synchronous and asynchronous activities with both NTU students and overseas students taking the course virtually.

b) Hybrid Learning. New or existing onsite courses during the semester to be improved to accommodate overseas students taking the course virtually alongside NTU students.

c) (Optional) Inclusion of a Field Trip to ACI. For course delivery mode a or b, faculty may add a 1 to 1.5 week (5 – 10 days) ACI exposure field-trip for students to better understand the course coupled with social-cultural immersion organized together with the ACI partner institution. Activities could involve student presentation of joint projects as part of the trip's objective. NTU COIL grant will cover course development, management & travel by the NTU instructor.

Grant Requirements

Applicants must demonstrate that the proposed courses include at least one of the following components: "Virtual - synchronous and asynchronous," and "Hybrid" to allow for onsite/online participation by both NTU students and international students. For courses that include a learning trip for students to an ACI country, do indicate how students will be engage during the overseas trip. 

Approved Course proposal and syllabus. Wherever possible, project work can be designed to solve SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) issues using competences learnt through the course. Group set up should be based on cross-cultural mix. 

All course implementations must be completed by 31 December 2025. Further extensions are not permitted

All successful grant holders will be expected to submit reports as follows: 
a)  Half-Yearly Updates on course development progress 
b)  A Final Report on the course offering upon completion of the course delivery or at the end of 18-month 
c)  Student Feedback on i) Teaching and Course Feedback, and ii) Perspective of learning alongside overseas partner students
d)  International student course sign-up or attendance or result list
e)  A Financial Expense Report is to be provided with the Final Report
f)  An NTU COIL Showcase which may include conference presentations, open educational resources, future grant call talks

To download the template for the Final Report, please click here.

Commencement of Course

The grant holder is required to implement the designed course(s) during one of the regular semesters or special terms within the academic years AY2024/25, and AY2025/26. Please be aware that for AY2025/26, the implementation will be limited to Semester 1.

It should also be repeated in future AYs without additional funding.

How to apply

To download the application form, please click here.

Completed application form can be submitted via email to [email protected]. Digital endorsements by the Associate Chair (Academic) of the School will be accepted. 

Following the administrative checks to ensure that the required information on the application form is complete, instructions on how to submit the pre-recorded video presentation will be provided. Applicants should have the video recording ready for submission when notified.

Important Dates

Please keep in mind that there are two application deadlines. The application review and processing will be based on the proposals we receive by the respective application deadline.

To ensure sufficient time for productive discussions with the grant administration team, we strongly encourage applicants to initiate communication well in advance of both application deadlines.

Events Dates
NTU COIL Grant Information Session 

16 May 2024 (Thursday)
12pm to 1 pm
Zoom Online Session
(Register for the Workshop)

Application Close

16 August 2024, 05:00pm

Submission of pre-recorded video presentation
Note: Instruction for submission will be provided via email.
By 23 August 2024
Feedback & Revision
(shortlisted applications)

Applicants will receive written feedback from the reviewers by mid-September 2024.

Applicants will be given two weeks to respond to the feedback.

 Result Announcement

By October 2024

 Course Development Commences

From the date of award

 Course Completion

By 31 December 2025

 Please note that the grant administrator reserves the right to modify or adjust the dates mentioned above if necessary. Any changes will be communicated promptly to all applicants, ensuring transparency and providing ample time for necessary adjustments. 

Useful Resources

a) Online resource on how to design a course using the Constructive Alignment framework: https://www.ntu.edu.sg/education/teaching-learning/teaching-and-learning-resources 

b) Outcomes-Based Teaching & Learning: “A Guide to Course Design – 1hr”: access via NTU Workday Portal & search for “OBTL+” under Learning.

c) Sign up for Online Course on “How to Deliver and Design Effective Online Lessons” (3 to 4-hr): email [email protected]

d) NTU Existing Partner List: Click here to view the existing partner list.

e) NTU COIL Grant FAQs and Resources: Click here.

f) Pre-recorded video for past grant briefing, please click here.