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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.

CIRTL Fellowship

The CIRTL Fellow is an instrumental component of Columbia’s institutional partnership with the CIRTL network. This fellowship provides a leadership opportunity on campus, as well as exposure to STEM leaders across 43 institutions for a select STEM graduate student.

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.

Non-fellowship paid opportunities

CTL Microteaching Facilitator

Priority given to former Lead Teaching Fellows, Teagle Fellows, Peer Teaching Consultants, and Teaching Observation Fellows
Application period: Applications accepted through August 15, 2017.  Application link
Pay: $100/session. One consultation consists of approximately four hours work, which includes set-up, running the session, and authoring a brief follow-up report to participants.
Expected commitment: Hired Microteaching Facilitators should be available to run a minimum of five sessions over the course of the academic year. A two-hour training session (paid) is required for new Microteaching Facilitators.
Description: Microteaching Facilitators run sessions in which 3-4 participants deliver short samples of instruction and receive feedback from the facilitator and other session participants. Facilitators follow a structured process and use materials created at the CTL; sometimes they also capture and replay video footage during the session. After a session, they author and distribute a brief follow-up report.

Read more about CTL’s Microteaching service.

CTL Graduate Student Teaching Consultant

Opportunity open to former Teagle Fellows, Peer Teaching Consultants, and Teaching Observation Fellows
Application period: Applications accepted through September 1, 2017.  Application link
Pay: $100/consultation. One consultation consists of approximately four hours work:  pre-observation communication, classroom observation, post-observation debrief.
Expected commitment: Hired Teaching Consultants are expected to complete a minimum of five observations over the course of the academic year. Former Teagle Fellows and PTCs must complete an orientation to the CTL teaching observation service before going on an observation.
Description: Working in pairs, Teaching Consultants provide observation services to participants in various CTL programs, as well as any other instructor at Columbia who requests a teaching observation through the CTL. These observations are structured, confidential, formative, and overseen by CTL staff.

Read more about CTL’s Teaching Observation service.

Teaching Development 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.