Skip to content Skip to navigation
Ramping up to fall semester: Learn how to do your part as we return to campus, and get the latest COVID-19 updates.Campus ReadyCOVID-19 Updates

CETL Graduate Student Fellowship

Discontinued Until Further Notice


The CETL Graduate Student Fellowship is a one-year position designed to provide participants with experience designing and conducting educational research in a UC-Merced instructional space. It is open to all active UCM graduate students that have completed levels 1 through 4 of CETL's Instructional Internship Program. The Fellow will conduct a teaching-related research project either of general interest to the campus community or of specific interest to the Fellow's home department. The research project may result in a campus-wide presentation, a professional development workshop for faculty and/or TAs in the Fellow's home department/program, or a learning community; regardless, the Graduate Student Fellow must submit a report of the project and their findings to the CETL no later than the last day of the fellowship's appointment. Assuming that all responsibilities are satisfactorily completed, the CETL Graduate Student Fellow will receive a $1000 stipend (minus research materials/costs covered by the CETL) at the end of the one-year appointment. One award will be given each year.


Potential CETL Graduate Student Fellows must

  • Be currently enrolled as a UC Merced graduate student, and remain employed for the duration of the appointment.
  • Have attended and earned all three of the Teaching Matters certificates.
  • Have fulfilled all the requirements for levels 1 through 4 of CETL's Instructional Internship program before the start of the fellowship.
  • Be available to meet in August and January to review responsibilities and plan the semester's activities.
  • Be available to meet every 2 to 3 weeks during the fall and spring semesters, and be willing to communicate (via email, or Skype, or in person, etc.) periodically over the summer.
  • Be free of other CETL responsibilities and commitments; in other words, applicants who are working on some other CETL sponsored project are not eligible due to the time commitment involved in being a CETL Graduate Student Fellow.

Application Materials

  • Teaching-centered CV (i.e. a CV that emphasizes the range and variety of one's teaching experience, participation in any teaching-related workshops, and presentations given at teaching-related conferences)
  • Proposal for a teaching-related research project (2 pages, single-spaced max) that addresses the following points:
    • what research question will be addressed, and how;
    • what prior research has been done on this topic;
    • how will the results be evaluated;
    • how will the research benefit the education community;
    • what are the costs related to this project, if any.
  • Cover letter (1 page, single-spaced max) that includes the following:
    • brief description of key teaching-related experiences listed on CV, especially conference presentations and workshops;
    • according to your student evaluations (or some other classroom assessment project you have conducted), what are your strengths as a teacher and why would you make a good CETL Graduate Student Fellow?
    • Why do you want to be a CETL Graduate Student Fellow?

Applications will be reviewed by the entire CETL staff.

Successful applicants will be notified by the first day of the academic year, i.e., usually last week of August.

Appointments begin on September 1, and ends on August 1 of the same academic year, e.g. September 1, 2018 through August 1, 2019.

Summary reports of the projects are due by the end of fellowship.

Applications are due by 11:59 pm on Friday, August 10, 2018.


Please email Cathy Pohan ( if you have questions.