The 2022 DTEI Summer Graduate Fellows Program will focus on improving courses with faculty for the 2022-2023 academic year leveraging inclusive practices in any course modality (online, hybrid, in-person). Summer Grad Fellows will be mentored by faculty to support their development and prepare for potential future teaching opportunities. Faculty mentors will receive direct assistance from trained graduate students on their course preparation for the 2022-2023 academic year.

DTEI Summer Graduate Fellows will engage with this program for approximately 200 hours during the summer months (including faculty collaborations, a one-week in-person training course from June 13 - 17, and ongoing training throughout the summer in peer learning communities). The program will conclude on September 2.

DTEI Summer Graduate Fellows will receive a $5000 Fellowship in early summer and a Certificate in Inclusive Hybrid Pedagogy upon program completion. Please note schools/departments may modify existing summer funding if a graduate student is selected for this Fellowship. Graduate students should contact their department prior to applying for additional information.

There are two program tracks:

Track 1 (individual application):  Summer Graduate Fellows will work one-on-one with up to three faculty members on their courses to make improvements for the upcoming academic year.

Track 2 (departmental application): Departments/Schools will assemble a team of Summer Graduate Fellows and faculty to collaborate on curricular or program goals that may involve a series of courses.

Applications are due on Friday, March 25th, at 11:59pm Pacific Time.

How to Apply

We encourage both graduate students and faculty to apply to the program - graduate students, to support course development, and faculty, to receive assistance in developing one of their courses and serve as a mentor for a fellow. For priority selection, graduate students and faculty should coordinate with each other before applying; however, graduate students and faculty may apply without prior coordination. Graduate students and faculty can apply individually, or a team of faculty and graduate students can submit a single departmental application to collaborate on curricular or program goals that may involve a series of courses.

Eligibility:

All full-time faculty and lecturers are eligible to apply.

Graduate student applicants:

  • Must be a continuing graduate student (Master’s or Ph.D.) who will have completed at least three quarters of successful graduate coursework at UCI by the end of Spring Quarter 2022.
  • Must have teaching experience either as a TA or instructor.
  • Are preferred to have experience collaborating with faculty on courses or teaching-related projects, pedagogical training through DTEI and/or discipline-specific teaching programs, and expertise with Canvas.
  • Must receive approval from their Associate Dean, Graduate Program Director, or Advisor, as decided upon by the graduate student’s department.

 

Individual Application (Track 1)

Graduate student applicants:

Graduate students submitting an individual application need to upload (as part of their application) this supporting letter with a signature from one of the following: (1) Their School's Associate Dean. (2) Their Graduate Program Director. (3) Their advisor.

Part of the application will ask the graduate students applicant whether they have coordinated with a faculty member that they would like to work with, and if they have, to list that faculty member or members. All interested faculty mentors need to complete an application as well (see information below). Priority will be given to graduate student/faculty applications coordinated prior to applying, although prior coordination is not required to apply individually. Some graduate students will be selected to work directly with DTEI to support interdisciplinary instructors.

Click here for the individual graduate student application form.

Faculty applicants:

Faculty will be asked whether they have coordinated with any graduate students that they would like to work with, and if they have, to list those graduate students. Due to limited funding, faculty-identified graduate students are not guaranteed acceptance into the program. All interested graduate students need to complete an application as well (see information above). Priority will be given to graduate student/faculty applications coordinated prior to applying, although prior coordination is not required to apply individually.

Click here for the individual faculty member application form.

 

Departmental application (Track 2)

Departments nominate a team of both graduate students and faculty. Prior to submitting a departmental application form, departments need to do the following:

(1) Identify the department’s instructional/program goals that need DTEI Graduate Fellow support.

(2) Identify one or more faculty members that will help the department meet these goals.

(3) Identify 3–5 prospective Graduate Fellows to work with the faculty team. Note: departments may modify existing summer funding if a graduate student is selected for this Fellowship. If this is the case, departments should notify intended graduate student nominees prior to submitting a departmental application.

Only one member of the nominated graduate students/faculty needs to submit a departmental application. Departmental applications must include a supporting letter from the department’s Associate Dean, Department Chair, or Graduate Program Director, detailing the following:

  • (Required) Supporting letters must confirm that all nominated graduate students are continuing Master's or Ph.D. students (i.e., not a student entering a graduate program in Summer/Fall of 2022).
  • (Required) Supporting letters must provide a specific plan for change in courses using assistance from Grad Fellows, including assessment of change.
  • (Preferred) Supporting letters describe how this change is based on COMPASS data or program learning outcomes/program assessment.

Click here for the Departmental Application Form.

Applications are due on Friday, March 25th, at 11:59pm Pacific Time.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When is the deadline to apply?

A: Applications are due on Friday, March 25th, at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.

Q: Am I eligible to apply if I was a DTEI Graduate Fellow in Summer 2021?

A: Yes, we encourage you to apply. 

Q: Are lecturers eligible to apply to the program? 

A: Yes, lecturers are eligible to apply. 

Q: Do I need to coordinate with colleagues to figure out who I may work with this summer before applying?

A: No. However, we encourage you to do so as pre-formed partnerships are more likely to be awarded.

Q: Can I apply individually and be part of a departmental application team?

A: Yes. If you are selected, you will only participate in either Program Track 1 or Track 2.

Q: Can Graduate Fellows collaborate with faculty on courses taught during Summer 2022?

A: No. Graduate Fellows and faculty will collaborate only on future courses to be taught in the 2022-2023 Academic Year.

Q: When will I be notified about the decision?

A: We will review submissions and notify applicants as soon as possible. 

Q: I’m a graduate student defending my dissertation during Summer 2022. Am I still eligible?

A: Yes. However, you need to be a graduate student until the end of summer to be eligible.

Q: Will the training be online or in-person?

A: Training will be in-person unless otherwise stated if new safety guidelines emerge.

Q: What are the details of the week-long in-person training course (times, topics, etc.)?

A: In-person training will be held from June 13th-17th. We do not have details of topics at this time. 

Q: What if I cannot attend the in-person training? Will there be an asynchronous alternative?

A: Students should apply if they believe there’s a reasonable chance for them to attend in-person trainings. The majority of the training needs to be completed in-person, and make-up options can be determined on a case by case basis

If you have any additional questions regarding the DTEI Graduate Fellows program, please email Mayank Verma (mayankv@uci.edu).