Ten $800 undergraduate teaching fellowships, awarded for joint student-faculty teaching projects and administered by the University Honors College (UHC), are available for each term.
These fellowships are offered to encourage the enrichment of course offerings and to improve teaching through the collaboration of faculty members with students in the planning and implementation of creative teaching projects. The fellowships are available for one term, either fall or spring.
For the 2017 Fall Term: FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2017
For the 2018 Spring Term: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2017
Who may apply
Undergraduate students who are sponsored by and working with a faculty member teaching an undergraduate-level course during the upcoming fall or spring term may apply for a fellowship. Although it is not necessary that the applicants complete the course they wish to participate in teaching, superior background and knowledge of the course is expected. Students also must be registered for courses full time during the term for which the fellowship is awarded. Preference is given to applicants with a 3.25 cumulative GPA.
How to apply
The student and the sponsoring faculty member must make a joint application according to the guidelines listed below. Application materials must be received by the University Honors College (3600 Cathedral of Learning) by the date specified above. The UHC will evaluate the proposals, and all applicants will be notified of decisions shortly after the application deadline.
Projects for which awards are made
A successful proposal will show evidence that the direct result of the proposed student-faculty collaboration will be an enriched course, and that without this collaboration such enrichment would be difficult or impossible to achieve. This proposal should also show that everyone involved with the course--the faculty member, the fellow, and the students registered for the course--will derive positive and identifiable benefits. Chancellor's Undergraduate Teaching Fellowships will not be awarded to students who will be used only to grade homework assignments, quizzes, and/or exams; sustained interaction by the fellow in a teaching capacity with the students enrolled in the class (e.g., by conducting some lectures for the class) is an expectation of this fellowship.
Each Chancellor's Undergraduate Teaching Fellow will be awarded $800 for participation in the proposed project. The funds are directly credited to the fellow's student account by the financial aid office; therefore, a student must be enrolled full time (i.e., enrolled in at least 12 credits) during the term for which the fellowship is awarded. Additionally, students can be awarded only one Chancellor's Undergraduate Teaching Fellowship during their entire undergraduate career at Pitt.
- Cover Sheet - Complete this sheet (PDF) and include it with the application.
- Project Description - Provide a description of your proposed project, emphasizing your interests and goals, your preparation for this project, and your specific responsibilities for the class..
- Academic Record - Provide a copy of your current transcript (it may be unofficial).
- Nomination Letter – Please describe the student’s role in the project; evaluate the student’s potential for successful completion of the project; and detail your role in guiding the student, including how you will prepare the student for the project, how you will guide the student throughout the course of the project, and how you will evaluate the project at its completion.
Application materials are due in the Honors Center, University Honors College (3600 Cathedral of Learning), on or before the date specified above. For more information, please contact David Hornyak (email@example.com).