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. Up to six instructorships will be awarded. Applications are now active. The deadline for applications is January 19, 2018.

View last year's winners and their course titles to get a better sense of the courses that get approved.

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 to teach in the fall semester or by December 1 to teach in the spring semester. 

NOTEStudents may elect to co-teach and split the stipend equally. In this case, each applicant must fulfill the above eligibility criteria.

Application Instructions

Your UPI application includes two separate components. You must complete the online application form, including the submission of your supporting documentation. Your advisor must send a letter of recommendation. Both components must be completed and submitted before 11:59 pm on January 19, 2018.

Component I: Applicant completes the online application form.

The application for the University Prize Instructorship can be found online.

You will be able to save the application at any time and to continue later.

The application first asks for information about you and your program. It will then asks you to provide information about your proposed course.

Finally, you must upload the following four (4) documents in pdf format:

  1. Two-page Statement: This statement will indicate the significance and scope (thematic/chronological) of the course, its relationship to your dissertation research, and how far you have advanced in preparation of your dissertation.
  2. Course Syllabus: The course syllabus should be as complete as possible. In other words, it should not only include a complete weekly course schedule, but also a description of the educational goals for the course, the specific course requirements, and criteria for calculating grades.
  3. Course Evaluations: You will submit all of your course evaluations, which include both statistical summary sheets and students’ written comments, from EVERY course in which you have taught or served as a TF. To submit supporting document, combine all of your course evaluations into one pdf document in chronological order. Note: Applicants can access their course evaluations through Sage (for less recent courses) and LATTE (for more recent courses).
  4. Curriculum Vitae: Your CV should list all publications, conference papers, grants, awards, etc.

Title each file with your name and the type of supporting document (e.g., LastFirst CV).

If you have any questions, please contact the UPI Administrator at

Component II: Advisor Submits a Recommendation Letter

Please ensure that your advisor is aware of your application for the UPI well ahead of time. Request your letter of recommendation well in advance of the application deadline of January 19, 2018, in order to give your advisor plenty of time to write and submit the recommendation by the deadline. We strongly advise that you show your advisor your proposed course syllabus or detailed plans and ideas for the course.

Note to advisors: Please submit a letter of recommendation for the applicant by sending it in pdf format to by the application deadline. The letter will remain confidential and will only be seen by those specifically designated as part of the selection process.

If you have any questions, please contact the UPI Administrator at

Selection Process

Up to six 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 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 mid-February.