Apply to GIFT

To apply to the Graduate Institute for Teaching (GIFT) program, graduate students must:

1.    Identify a Potential Faculty Mentor
Ph.D. students should approach faculty with whom they are interested in working. Students must obtain agreement from a faculty member to co-teach a specific course.

  • Teaching fellows may co-teach a course during the fall or spring semesters.
  • Teaching fellows can apply to work with faculty outside their own home department.
  • Students may apply to be a GIFT teaching fellow for a course they have been assigned a teaching assistantship (TA) for, provided the co-teaching mentor clearly differentiates between the two roles
  • A faculty mentor can work with only one teaching fellow per semester.

2.     Complete the application form
The faculty/teaching fellow pair will submit a joint application form and e-mail it to Kim Ellwood at A copy of the application, signed by both the faculty member and the graduate student must be emailed, faxed, or mailed to:

Kim Ellwood
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Ballou Hall, 3rd Floor
Fax: 617-627-3703

Applications will only be reviewed once a signed copy is received. The selection committee consists of the Center for Enhancement of Learning and Teaching and GSAS Associate Dean Sinaia Nathanson.

GIFT Dates and Deadlines

Monday, February 27, 2017 List of faculty mentors is posted.
Friday, March 17, 2017 Electronic applications must be received by 5:00pm. Applications are jointly submitted by the graduate student and the faculty member with whom they propose to work.
Monday, April 3, 2017 Applicants will be notified of their admission status.
Phase I: May 22 - June 9, 2017 GIFT 2017 Program:
Workshops take place weekdays from 8:30 am – 4:15 pm
Presentations take place June 5-9, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Phase II Co-teach a course in fall 2017 or spring 2018.