Lilly Fellows Collage

Teaching and learning are at the heart of what we do here at Michigan State University. Lilly Fellows explore and execute a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) project.  Now all MSU academics who have significant teaching experience are welcome to apply.


All tenure-system and fixed-term faculty, academic specialists, and librarians with five years or more of experience teaching at MSU are encouraged to apply. The group will consist of up to six fellows who will focus on planning, developing, and executing a SoTL project. A stipend will be given to each fellow to support project dissemination of their SoTL project.

The Lilly Fellows meet monthly throughout the academic year.


The Lilly Teaching Fellows Program began in 1991 and served as “an opportunity to engage in a year-long exploration of the robust scholarship on effective practices in University teaching. The Lilly Fellows Program is designed to support Fellows who will become future faculty leaders and models for their peers as well as to inspire a broad range of faculty at all ranks to pursue excellence in teaching.” In answer to the demand for a similar program for non-tenure-system academics, the Walter and Pauline Adams Academy for Instructional Excellence and Innovation was created in 2008.

During 2016, the Academic Advancement Network undertook explorations to re-envision both the Lilly and Adams Fellowships offered for many years through the Office of Faculty and Organizational Development.  The exploratory conversations included a number of campus stakeholders, including former Lilly and Adams fellows. In our conversations, we learned that both programs are valuable to the campus community, an outcome consistent with past program evaluations. We also identified opportunities to strengthen each program for individual participants and for the larger campus culture with regard to learning and teaching. In 2017-18, both programs became available to all academics who have significant teaching responsibilities, regardless of appointment type.

Application Process

The application deadline is in the late spring of each year.