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Opportunities for Graduate Students

See currently open application periods for programs, fellowships, and a number of other opportunities below.


Lead Teaching Fellowship

The Lead Teaching Fellow (LTF) program is an interdisciplinary professional development initiative for Columbia doctoral students. LTFs earn stipends for producing teaching-related events and workshops in their home departments.

Teaching Observation Fellowship

Teaching Observation Fellows are Columbia University doctoral students who work closely with the Center for Teaching and Learning and with each other during the academic year to better design, implement, and assess elements of teaching.


Opportunity open to current Columbia graduate students and postdocs
Registration period: Rolling – send request to

The Center for Teaching and Learning is happy to introduce a new microteaching opportunity for graduate students and postdoctoral students in 2016-17. Microteaching sessions are gatherings of 3-4 participants and a facilitator. Participants take turns delivering short samples of instruction to each other, and offering each other structured feedback. This feedback focuses on organization, clarity, engagement of learners, and any other specific aspect of teaching that the instructor would like feedback on. These sessions are a good way to rehearse teaching practices and get direct feedback and support, whether or not you are currently teaching. For details about these sessions, see Guidelines for Participating in a Microteaching Session.

To register for a microteaching session, please fill out our Microteaching Request Form. You are very welcome to register with a small group from your department or with friends in other departments, or to individually register and participate in an interdisciplinary microteaching session. The CTL will respond to your request and work with you to schedule a session.

Conference Support

Opportunity open to current Columbia doctoral students
Application period: Rolling – send applications to, as detailed below

In 2016-17, the Center for Teaching and Learning has a limited fund from the Teagle Foundation to support Columbia doctoral students attending conferences specifically focused on evidence-based instructional practice and teaching professional development. Examples of such conferences include events offered by the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD), the Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching and Learning, and the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU). Selected participants may receive up to $500 to support attending a conference, or up to $750 to support presenting at a conference.

As this funding is limited, awards will be limited to a few current Columbia doctoral students. To apply, please send an email to with the subject line “Teaching and Learning Conference support application.” In the email, please include your department, year, conference details, your teaching history, your particular interest and engagement in the focus of the conference, and any submitted presentation proposal. Applicants who are awarded support will be expected to submit a written report/reflection on their conference experience to the CTL after they return from the conference. Applications will be accepted until funding for this opportunity runs out. Applicants will receive a status update on their submissions within a week of submission.

Non-fellowship paid opportunities

Interdisciplinary Workshop Design

Opportunity open to former Lead Teaching Fellows, Teagle Fellows, and Peer Teaching Consultants
Application period: Proposals accepted on a rolling basis. Send proposals to
Pay: $150/session
Expected commitment: Six hours (design, workshop delivery, reflection)
Description: Former LTFs and PTCs are invited to partner with each other to plan and deliver a standalone workshop on topics of broad interest. A proposal may be submitted by pairs, or submitted individually (for individual submissions, CTL will assist in matching with an interested partner.) The CTL will provide space, advertising, consultation, and food support for selected proposals. After the event, facilitators will co-author a reflection based on feedback collected by workshop participants.

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