The Dean’s Teaching Fellowship Program of the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences is designed to foster innovation in the undergraduate curriculum, give advanced graduate students experience teaching their own undergraduate courses, and provide funding for graduate research. This prestigious fellowship allows graduate students to grow as educators and scholars by allowing them to propose, design, and offer an undergraduate seminar course.

We are pleased to introduce two new options for this year’s competition to students applying for the fellowship. Aiming to foster innovation and community outreach, the fellowship program will reserve several fellowships for specific pedagogical experiences:

  • Community-Based Learning Courses: Community-based learning is a pedagogical model that engages students, faculty, and Baltimore City co-educators (community partners, e.g., nonprofit and civic agencies) in coursework and community engagement that supports academic learning objectives and community co-educator needs.

    Taught under the auspices of the Center for Social Concern, these courses will follow the structure of the CSC’s Engaged Scholars Program. Grad Fellows will participate in the program’s training (beginning August 2024) to co-teach a course with a member of the local community in Spring 2025. For examples of syllabi for community-based learning courses, consult Campus Contact’s Syllabi Library. Applicants interested in this option should contact Luisa De Guzman at CSC to discuss their plans. Their course proposals need a letter of endorsement from the CSC.
  • Digital Humanities Courses: These courses are designed to allow graduate students to extend their research into their pedagogy and introduce undergraduates to the intersection of computational and humanistic scholarship. Applicants considering this option should contact Sam Backer at the Center for Digital Humanities (CDH) to discuss their plans. Their course proposals need a letter of endorsement from the CDH.

These courses may be offered as advanced undergraduate seminars or lower-level undergraduate seminars. Applicants who intend their course to satisfy the “writing-intensive” requirement (which will change next year to Foundational Ability #1: Writing and Communication) should make sure to meet the criteria listed on the University Writing Program site.

Before preparing an application, students should consult with their departmental director of graduate studies, director of undergraduate studies, and chair to assess the department’s interest in the proposed course and ensure that it aligns with departmental teaching needs. 

Anyone who would like help with the application or has questions about designing a course can contact Allon Brann ([email protected]) from the CTEI/Teaching Academy.

Application Information

Applicants must:

  • Be graduate students in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • Be in residence for the academic year during which they teach
  • Have achieved ABD (all but dissertation) status before teaching

Please note: fellowships may not be deferred, and former Dean’s Teaching Fellows are ineligible. Fellows will teach a one-semester course and receive a stipend equivalent to the KSAS set fellowship amount for that semester. 

How to Apply

The complete application includes:

1. Letter of application (addressed to the Dean’s Teaching Fellowship Committee).
2. Curriculum vitae.
3. Course proposal, including required text costs, etc. (A draft syllabus is encouraged).
5. Budget proposal for excursions or labs, if applicable. (Please include funding source).
7. Transcript (unofficial is accepted).
8. Letter of recommendation from a faculty mentor.
9. Letter of endorsement from the Department Chair.
10. Letter of support from the Center for Digital Humanities or 
11. Center for Social Concern (where appropriate)

The application will open on Thursday, August 31st, 2023, and close on Friday, September 29th, 2023. The department must approve all materials.


In addition, the Dean’s Teaching Fellowship will pay 20 percent of the fellow’s tuition for the semester they teach. For those receiving fellowships with specific restrictions against outside money, the 20 percent tuition will be offered as a research fund. The fellow must provide documentation of any restrictions on receiving outside money.

The Dean’s Office expects the department to ensure the student’s time is spent appropriately.