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Award Opportunities & Selection Criteria

The application period for the 2020-2021 award year has closed. Please check back in Spring 2021 for future award opportunities.


Award Opportunities & Selection Criteria

Any of the following, or a combination, are eligible for an award*:

  • Adopt an open textbook
  • Adapt content available through the library to create your own version of a textbook at no cost to students
  • Create an open educational resource or open assignment

*The Textbook Affordability Project does not require you to author an open textbook. If you are interested in authoring or editing an open textbook, please refer to North Broad Press.

Awards range from $500 to $1,500 depending on a variety of criteria that will be evaluated by a panel consisting of librarians, archivists, and faculty.

Applications will be assessed on the following criteria to determine award amount:

  • What are the potential savings to Temple students?

  • Does the project incorporate non-traditional, open assignments?

  • Does this project propose creative use of Temple Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center resources?

  • What is the scope, complexity and scale of the proposed project?

  • Does the proposed project adhere to Temple University accessibility standards?

  • Does the proposed project comply with copyright regulations?


Any tenured, tenure track, non tenure track, or adjunct faculty member is eligible for this award. Instructors can apply and be awarded up to two awards in different academic years, as long as the course for which they are applying is distinct from previous applications, or if their project proposal significantly builds upon a previous award. The adoption of a lower priced digital version of a textbook or an inclusive textbook deal are ineligible proposals for the Textbook Affordability Project. We cannot accept award applications retroactively in cases where low to no-cost course materials have already been implemented. In cases where more than one faculty member chooses to partner on a project, there must be a primary awardee to whom award funds can be disbursed. 

Special Recognition Opportunity

Each year, an awardee that demonstrates exceptional creativity and innovation in reducing course material costs to students or by replacing traditional assignments  will receive special recognition and, contingent on the availability of funding from the Library and University Administration, the chance to attend a conference on open education paid for by the libraries.

Application Requirements

Submit an online application* that includes responding to two prompts.  

*Be sure to be logged in with your Temple University email in order to access the application.

Award Requirements

  • Attend an orientation workshop for awardees where you will learn more about textbook affordability and the open education landscape

  • Attend a consultation with subject librarian and/or archivist to get better acquainted with subject specific resources you can integrate into your course

  • Deposit reworked syllabi and course objects created for the project into TUScholarShare,Temple University Libraries’ Institutional Repository, to promote the ethic of accessibility and openness

  • Choose and assign a Creative Commons license to any materials created for the Textbook Affordability Project

  • Attend a discussion luncheon where you will have a chance to meet and discuss your experiences with fellow awardees within your cohort

  • Submit an evaluation form that will help us assess your experience, your students’ experience, and the program as a whole

  • Remain available to participate in future assessment of the program and other library initiatives

Awards are disbursed at the conclusion of a project, once the final evaluation has been submitted.

Get Help

Questions? Contact Steven Bell, Associate University Librarian.