Graduate Institute for Teaching (GIFT)

COVID-19 Update

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate Institute for Teaching (GIFT) and the Graduate Research Excellence at Tufts (GREAT) programs are currently postponed. We are evaluating options to deliver these vital programs later in the year. 

We also recognize that the current academic situation relies heavily on online interaction, and creates new training needs for our graduate students. We are working to address these needs and will be sending out communications to our community shortly. 

A new call for applications will go out once new arrangements are made. If you have already applied to GIFT or GREAT, your application will be retained and you do not need to re-apply. In the interim, please email with any questions. 

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.


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.