CCAS Graduate Teaching Fellowship

Fellowship Program

The CCAS Graduate Teaching Fellowship Program has as its primary goal to spark innovation in the undergraduate curriculum by providing students with access to cutting-edge scholarship being produced by advanced PhD candidates in the Columbian College. At the same time, the program strives to provide advanced PhD candidates the experience of teaching their own undergraduate courses, and to provide funding for their research. The dual mission of the program seeks to elevate all of our student constituencies through the realm of teaching.

All applicants must be Columbian College PhD students in residence for the academic year during which they teach. All applicants must be in candidacy (ABD). Fellowships may not be deferred. No student may receive more than one teaching fellowship during their tenure at GW. Fellows will teach a one-semester course and receive a salary equivalent to the normal GA salary and stipend in their respective departments (typically $11,250). In addition, the fellowship will cover required tuition for the semester. Fellows whose tuition is covered by external funds during the teaching semester will be offered a research fund of $500.

The intention of this program is to provide undergraduates access to new and vibrant fields of study. Fellows can offer courses in their areas of specialty in the form of advanced undergraduate seminars or lower-level seminars. Alternatively, fellows may propose to teach existing courses, rather than developing new ones, if this better suits their particular training and the needs of our undergraduates. Prior to preparing an application, students should consult with their depatment's Director of Graduate Studies, Director of Undergraduate Studies, and Chair to assess the interest of the department in the proposed course and to ensure that it aligns with departmental teaching needs.

Application Requirements:

Applications will be submitted in PDF format via email to, CCAS Office of Graduate Studies for committee review. The following documents are required in PDF format only:

  1. Letter of application (In your letter, please indicate for which semester you are applying, either Fall 2018 or Spring 2019; address your letter to the Columbian College Teaching Fellowship Committee.)
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Course proposal
  4. An unofficial transcript
  5. Letter of recommendation from Faculty Mentor
  6. Letter of endorsement from the Department Chair
  7. A specific departmental plan for covering any services the applicant would otherwise provide to the department as a GA during the semester in question, including any financial support that might be required from CCAS to replace the fellow. No applicant will be placed at a competitive disadvantage for the Fellowship as a result of the information provided.


The annual application period opens October 1. Decisions will be made for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Students who are seeking to teach in the Fall of 2017, applications are due (along with all supporting materials) on or before November 3, 2016 

Students seeking to teach in the Spring of 2018, applications are due on January 17.

***Three teaching awards will be granted each semester.