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 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. Instructors may elect to co-teach and split the stipend equally. In this case, each applicant must fulfill the eligibility criteria and complete all parts of the application.

You can also view last year's winners and their course titles.

The application is now active. The deadline is 11:59pm, January 18, 2019.

UPI Application 2019-20
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.

Application Instructions

There are three separate parts to the application, all due by 11:59pm on January 18, 2019:

  • Online application form

  • Submission of supporting materials via Box

  • Submission of advisor recommendation letter

Please note the following:

  • You will not receive a separate confirmation that your application is complete. However, if your application is incomplete, you will receive notice about the missing materials by Tuesday January 22nd. You will be given until Friday, January 25th to complete your application.

  • Your application will first be evaluated by your department chair, so we strongly recommend that prior to your application, you initiate a discussion with the departmental leadership (chair, UAH) about whether and how your proposed course fits in with the current curricular offerings.

Part I
Complete the online application form. The deadline is 11:59pm, January 18, 2019.

Part II

  • Through your Brandeis Box account, create a folder titled "LastnameFirstname, UPI 2019-20 Application Materials."

  • Put the following pdfs into this folder: CV, Proposed Course Syllabus, Course Evaluations (in a single pdf), and 2 page statement describing the links between your dissertation research and your proposed course. Title each file with your name and the type of supporting document (e.g., LastFirst CV).

  • Share the folder with Assistant Dean Alyssa Stalsberg Canelli (

  • Please note: your materials will be moved into a different Box folder after the application deadline of January 18, 2019, in order to preserve the integrity of the application deadline and review process.

1. Curriculum Vitae: include publications, conference papers, awards, and distinctions.

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 learning objectives for the course, the specific course requirements, criteria for calculating grades and all the mandatory statements regarding student accessibility support, credit hours, academic integrity, etc. If you are awarded a UPI award, you will need to go through the course approval process—we highly recommend you review the course approval documentation and structure your syllabus accordingly.

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 served as a TA or taught as a TF. 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. Two-page Statement: Describe the relationship between your dissertation project and your proposed course. Remember, this is still an undergraduate-level course, so we encourage you to be cognizant of what that means for your course development. What do you want your students to learn? How will you know that they have learned those things? What are the key skills you want them to develop? How will teaching a part of your research help you develop better teaching and research skills?

Part III
Advisor Recommendation Letter
The advisor must email Assistant Dean Alyssa Stalsberg Canelli ( their recommendation letter no later than January 18, 2019. We strongly advise that you show your advisor your proposed course syllabus or detailed plans and ideas for the course.