CIRTL Fellowship

The CIRTL Fellows are Columbia doctoral students who serve as an instrumental link between the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) network and the Columbia community. CIRTL Fellows leverage CIRTL Network resources to support evidence-based, inclusive teaching and mentorship practices in Columbia’s STEM communities. This fellowship is designed for graduate students who are interested in developing resources and programming that will make STEM culture more inclusive of all learners. CIRTL fellows have the opportunity to serve in a leadership role on campus, and to participate in networking opportunities with STEM leaders across CIRTL’s 43 member institutions. Read more about CIRTL at Columbia

Application preference will be given to Columbia doctoral students who have successfully completed the CTL’s Essentials of Teaching and Learning workshop series, a CTL seminar or institute, and/or a CTL fellowship.

How to apply

Applications for 2024-25 CIRTL Fellowships were accepted through April 1, 2024. A call for applications for the 2025-26 cohort will go out in March 2025. Please send questions about the CIRTL Fellow application process to

CIRTL Fellowship Activities

CIRTL Fellows are expected to devote approximately 70 hours to fellowship activities between August 2023 and May 2024, flexibly scheduled around existing commitments. The Fellow is awarded a $2,000 stipend, distributed in two installments upon successful completion of the activities listed below.

Fellowship activities include:

  • Attend monthly planning meetings with a CTL Mentor
  • Participate in at least two CIRTL network online offerings, or one course
  • Collaborate with co-Fellow to propose, develop, and distribute a project that contributes to a more inclusive culture in STEM, both at Columbia and on the wider CIRTL network
  • Collaborate with CTL to facilitate two Journal Club meetings per semester
  • Connect departments at Columbia to CIRTL programming and resources
  • Document fellowship activities throughout the year to support future CIRTL Fellows

Skills cultivates by the CIRTL Fellowship include:

  • Project development and management
  • Event development and facilitation
  • Educational research
  • Inclusive teaching, specifically in STEM contexts
  • Collaboration with multiple stakeholders across institutions

Successful completion of this fellowship qualifies participants to be CTL Teaching Consultants in future years. Teaching Consultants are paid to conduct Teaching Observations, Mid-Course Reviews, and Practice Teaching (Microteaching) sessions for Columbia graduate student instructors across the university, under guidance of the Center for Teaching and Learning.

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