Please Note

Graduate students in the biological sciences who are supported off NIH grants or HHMI funds are forbidden, by grant restrictions, to take up any additional paying work.

2015-16 University Prize Instructorship

University Prize Instructorships, sponsored by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, awards  a $6,000 stipend to students to design and teach upper-division courses in their field of research. Enrollment is limited to 20 undergraduate students. Instructorships are awarded to exceptional doctoral candidates who have made substantial progress toward their degree. Five instructorships will be awarded. The next application cycle will open on December 3, 2014, and the application deadline is February 5, 2015.  

View recent winners and their course titles to get a better sense of the courses that get approved.

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Eligibility Requirements

1. Students from any doctoral program at GSAS may apply.

2. Applicants must have completed at least one semester of teaching (as a teaching fellow).

3. Applicants must be ABD by May 1, 2015 to teach in the fall 2015 semester or by December 1, 2015 to teach in the spring 2016 semester. 

Application Instructions

All students must complete the application online. If you've never accessed GSAS's online fellowships application system, you'll need to select "create a new account" from the application system login page.  Once you have created your account and entered the system, select “University Prize Instructorship” from the application page to begin your application. Your application does not have to be completed in one sitting; you may save it at any time and log back into the system to continue your work. Click here to access the login page and online applicationNote: Even though a link to the online application system has been provided, the application will not be available until December 3. 

Supporting Documents You’ll Need to Upload to Your Application:

1. Two-page statement indicating the relationship between the course proposed and your dissertation research;

2. Please ensure your syllabus not only includes a complete weekly course schedule, but also a description of your educational goals, course requirements, and criteria for calculating grades.

3. Curriculum vitae that lists all your publications, conference papers, grants, awards, etc.

4. Please include statistical summary sheets from EVERY course in which you have taught or served as a TF (see example here). Please be sure to include accompanying written comments as well (see example here). You can combine them into one PDF and then upload your PDF to your application.

Advisor Recommendation Letter

Please provide your advisor with your proposed course syllabus or some information about the course you hope to teach well in advance of the February 5th deadline. In the online application, you will be able to request a letter of recommendation electronically.

Selection Process

Up to five instructorships will be awarded to candidates who propose courses that contribute substantially to the undergraduate curriculum and candidates who have demonstrated excellence and commitment to teaching. Selection criteria also include the quality of the proposed course (as demonstrated by the syllabus), its relevance to the curriculum, and its potential appeal to undergraduates. Your application will be first be evaluated by your department chair. Then a selection committee will review your application and make the final selection decisions. The selection committee is composed of the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, selected faculty, and a representative from the Dean of Arts and Sciences office. You will be notified of its decision by the end of the first week in March.

Apply Online!

The 2015-16 online application will be available beginning December 3, 2014. You will first need to login or create an account in the online application system to access the application.