Duke Graduate School Bass Instructional Fellowships

Award Amount: Program supports high-quality teaching experiences

Number of Awards: Not Known

Deadline: Late November

Winner Announcement: Mid-December

Brief Description:

The Duke Graduate School is happy to announce the establishment of the fellowship program named as “Bass Instructional Fellowship”. To apply for the fellowship you must have completed the preliminary exam by the end of the spring semester prior to the start of the term of the Bass. The fellowship is designed to help students become more knowledgeable in online college teaching.

Host Institution:

The Duke ideal for graduate education is a small number of superior students working closely with esteemed scholars. Graduate study at Duke is defined by maximum personal attention, smaller, more involving classes, flexible programs of study designed to meet students’ individual needs and interests, and richer, cross-disciplinary possibilities for scholarship.


Learn more about this scholarship.

  • You must be in good academic standing.
  • You must have completed the preliminary exam by the end of the spring semester prior to the start of the term of the Bass.
  • You must have completed any teaching or TA duties/assignments required by your home department.
  • (For IORs) There must be undergraduate interest/demand for the course you are proposing.
  • Participation as a Bass IOR, TA, or OA must not be at the cost of your home department’s teaching or TA needs.

Instructions for Applying:

To apply for the scholarship you can go through the given link: https://dukegradschool.awardspring.com/

Supporting Documents:

The scholarship recipient’s school must provide:

  • Your CV (PDF)
  • A copy of your current Duke transcript or ACES report (PDF)
  • (For IORs) A syllabus (PDF) for the class you propose to teach
  • A one-page statement (PDF) describing:
  1. Your professional development activities, particularly related to pedagogical training. This might include.
  2. Your status in the Certificate for College Teaching or Preparing Future Faculty
  3. Coursework you have completed in college teaching/pedagogy
  4. Departmental instructional training you have had
  5. Any leadership activities you have undertaken in your department around pedagogical training (organizing workshops, being a lead TA., etc.)
  • Your professional and career goals and how you would benefit professionally from this fellowship
  • (For IORs and TAs) you’re teaching interests:
  1. For IORs: Discuss the class you propose to teach.
  2. For TAs: Describe the specific disciplinary fields in which you could be a teaching assistant. If possible, let us know if there are specific classes or faculty you might like to work with or have been in communication.
  • (for OAs) what you would be able to contribute to students, faculty, and staff you would work with; please include any experience you have had with online or hybrid education, which is desirable but not a fellowship requirement.
  • Two letters of recommendation, one from your DGS that states 1) you are making satisfactory dissertation progress, 2) you have completed any required teaching in your department, and 3) serving as a Bass Instructional Fellow would not interfere with your department’s teaching/TAing needs.

Award Description:

This fellowship provides funded, semester-long teaching opportunities for Ph.D. students to be an instructor of record (IOR) of a course in the student’s discipline.

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