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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.

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.

Ivy+ Conference Support

Ivy+ Graduate Student Summit, Princeton University: Teaching Transformations

The CTL has funds from the Teagle Foundation to sponsor the participation of a limited number of current doctoral students at an inter-institutional gathering of graduate student instructors on April 28, 2017. (See the full description below.) Accepted applicants will be provided with transportation and meals for the day. The application period for this opportunity ended on April 3, 2017.

Conference description:

In what ways are graduate students actively working to transform the academy through teaching development? This fundamental question takes on timely urgency given data about undergraduate motivation and retention, calls for inclusive teaching practices, the rapid evolution of digital learning environments, and a challenging employment landscape.

In the first inter-institutional gathering of graduate students from Ivy+ institutions, select doctoral students from Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Princeton University will engage in a summit at Princeton on April 28, 2017 to discuss teaching approaches and establish a network of new scholars dedicated to pedagogical innovation.

The day will include lightning talks, informal sharing of techniques and experiences, professional networking, and discussion of the application of teaching-related skills to academic and non-academic careers. Participants will bring to the summit an object (video clip, photo, screenshot, assignment, handout, other teaching artifact) highlighting an aspect of their instructional practice. In addition, select participants will be invited to present a lightning talk (five minutes, three slides maximum) on their experience supporting peer teaching development on their campus.

Transportation to Princeton University from campus (departing at 9:30 am and returning by 5:30 pm) and food will be provided to selected participants from Columbia.

Sponsored by the Teagle Foundation and Office of the Dean of the Graduate School of Princeton University.


Opportunity open to current Columbia graduate students and postdocs
Registration period: Ongoing

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. These sessions are a good way to rehearse teaching practices and get direct feedback and support, whether or not you are currently teaching. More information and registration links

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.