Congratulations to the 2022-2023 UPI winners! This year's winners are Jared Berkowitz (History--Corporate Power and American Capitalism), Juliet Bottorff and Jasmine Quynh Le (Neuroscience--Central Nervous System Regeneration), Sarah Beth Gable and Miranda Peery (History and English--Violent Resistance: American Political Violence and Its Rhetorics), Samantha Leonard (Sociology--Violence & Intimacy), and Ray Maresca (Mathematics--Quiver Representations). 

University Prize Instructorships, sponsored by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, awards a $7,671 stipend (an approximate amount which will align with the 2022-2023 per course rate) to advanced doctoral students to design and teach upper-division courses in their field of research. UPI instructors will also participate in a professional development cohort that meets monthly. Up to five instructorships will be awarded to candidates who propose courses that contribute substantially to the undergraduate curriculum and who have demonstrated excellence and commitment to teaching. 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 the 2018, 2019, and 2020 winners and their course titles. Several prior awardees have given their permission to view their successful applications. If you have any questions about the UPI application process, please contact the GSAS Department Administrator, Abigail Arnold.

Information for Departments and Divisions

February 2021, updated January 2022

In consultation with university counsel, we have created the following definitions and processes, to ensure that all prize instructorships are in compliance with the CBA. If a department would like to deviate from these structures, then the instructorship must follow the hiring protocol and pay rates of the Teaching Fellow or the Adjunct faculty union, whichever applies. If a division or department would like to alter the competition and selection process or criteria, please send the request to the GSAS Dean and Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs (currently, Wendy Cadge and Alyssa Canelli).

Any questions regarding this policy can be sent to Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, Alyssa Stalsberg Canelli (; the GSAS Budget Administrator, Lizz Kurian (; and the Director of Employee and Labor Relations, Liz Tierney (

1. UPI: Sponsored and funded by GSAS, competition open to all PhD students in all disciplines
DVPI: Sponsored and funded by a Division, competition open to all PhD students in that division
DPI: Sponsored and funded by a single department, competition only open to PhD students in that department.

2. Awards a $7595 stipend (stipend will be equal to the adjunct faculty pay rate in that academic year) to doctoral students to design and teach upper-division courses in their field of research. PhD candidates can elect to submit a co-taught course and split the stipend equally.

3. This process is not used to find an instructor for a particular course; the courses themselves are competing cross-disciplinarily against one another on their merits (pedagogy and course design, curricular appeal and need).

4. Enrollment is limited to 20 undergraduate students, but instructors may increase the enrollment with approval from GSAS and the Registrar. Courses with an enrollment of fewer than 5 may be canceled.

5. Competition process guidelines

6. Selection criteria and awardee commitment details can be found in the accordions higher up on this page.    

Hiring Process

Once final awardees are selected, the following must be sent to Lizz Kurian via e-mail ( to process the academic appointment and payment. This info should also be sent to Heather Felton ( for DivSci awardees.