Graduate Institute for Teaching (GIFT)

After having to suspend our programs last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate Institute for Teaching (GIFT) and the Graduate Research Excellence at Tufts (GREAT) programs are back and accepting applications!

For the safety of our participants, Phase 1 of GIFT (May 24-June 11, 2021) will be held in a virtual format. We recognize that the current academic situation relies heavily on online interaction, and creates new training needs for everyone. Although the teaching modality will look a bit different from previous years –  our team has created an exciting program designed to be engaging, informative, and fun.

About GIFT

Future professors must not only be trained as productive researchers, but also as effective classroom teachers. The Graduate Institute for Teaching (GIFT) is a two-phase program designed to prepare Tufts doctoral students for an academic career in teaching at the university level.

During Phase I, teaching fellows attend a series of summer workshops on teaching pedagogy. Phase II takes place during the fall or spring semesters when teaching fellows co-teach a course with a Tufts faculty member who serves as the GIFT fellow's mentor throughout the program. Unlike the role of a Teaching Assistant (TA), GIFT fellows are more involved in designing, delivering, and evaluating a course.

Doctoral candidates from across Tufts schools participate in GIFT, which results in an interdisciplinary focus as a basis for all discussions.

Summer program 2021 (Phase 1) runs: May 24th—June 11th 2021 (remote format)


GIFT teaching fellows from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences receive:

  • Free tuition for the GIFT program
  • $2,000 (taxable) stipend

GIFT teaching fellows from other Tufts professional schools are selected for participation by their respective schools, and tuition and payments are arranged by their schools.

For Doctoral Students

For Faculty Mentors

For questions, contact or call 617-627-3106. Please also feel free to contact the GIFT Institute Director, Kelly McLaughlin ( if you have questions about this program.