Teaching Fellows in the Humanities

Teaching Fellows in the Humanities

A Program of Professional and Pedagogical Development

The Division of the Humanities accepts applications in the Winter quarter from current and recent graduate students in the Division for a competitive two-year program designed to enhance pedagogical skills and extend research training. To be eligible, applicants must be current or recent graduate students who are on track to receive or have received a PhD from a program in the Humanities Division within seven years of matriculation. 

Teaching Fellows are expected to be fully in residence and on campus during the three quarters of the academic year. Teaching Fellows will participate in a program of professional development under the joint supervision of the Chicago Center for Teaching (CCT) and their mentor in a relevant Divisional department or program. Fellows will teach four courses, including at least two courses in the Humanities or Arts Core, and are expected to advance their own research agenda and participate in campus activities.

Information about the 2020-2021 application process for the Humanities Teaching Fellows will be available shortly.

Program Eligibility:

In order to be eligible for the Teaching Fellows in Humanities program, an applicant must: 

  • have received or be on track to receive the PhD degree within 7 years of matriculation in a PhD program of the Humanities Division;
  • have received their PhD degree no earlier than Spring Quarter 2019; or be on track to complete all degree requirements and file the dissertation no later than Friday, July 31, 2020 for graduation in the Summer Quarter 2020;
  • identify a faculty sponsor who will commit to mentoring the Teaching Fellow during the program; 
  • receive the endorsement of their department chair; 

The Fellows’ appointment will begin September 1, 2020 for one year, and is renewable for one additional year upon review.


  • The HTF appointment is contingent upon graduation no later than the Summer Quarter and on the satisfactory presentation of appropriate documentation of eligibility to work lawfully in the United States by the start of the appointment.
  • International students who receive an appointment must secure work authorization from the Office of International Affairs prior to September 1, 2020.
  • The terms and conditions of employment for this position are covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the University and the Service Employees International Union. 


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