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Bass Instructional Fellowships

Created through an endowment gift from the family of Anne T. and Robert M. Bass, the Bass Instructional Fellowship Program supports high-quality teaching experiences for Ph.D. students where normal means of funding are unavailable. It also helps students become more knowledgeable in online college teaching. Bass Instructional Fellows will receive compensatory payment at the level of Arts and Sciences teaching assistants and a scholarship covering full or partial tuition and fees for their semester of participation.

The program offers fellowships for instructors of record (Bass IORs), instructional teaching assistants (Bass TAs), and online apprentices (Bass OAs).

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  • You must be in good academic standing.
  • You must have completed the preliminary exam by the end of the spring semester prior to the start of term of the Bass
  • You must have completed any teaching or TA duties/assignments required by your home department.
  • (For IORs) There must be undergraduate interest/demand for the course you are proposing.
  • (For OA) student must have completed or intend to complete required course GS 762 prior to the start of the Bass OA
  • Participation as a Bass IOR, TA, or OA must not be at the cost of your home department’s teaching or TA needs.

To Apply

You Need

  • Your CV (PDF)
  • A copy of your current Duke transcript or DukeHub report (PDF)
  • (For IORs) A syllabus (PDF) for the class you propose to teach
  • A one-page statement (PDF) describing:
    • your professional development activities, particularly related to pedagogical training. This might include
      • your status in the Certificate for College Teaching or Preparing Future Faculty
      • coursework you have completed in college teaching/pedagogy
      • departmental instructional training you have had
      • any leadership activities you have undertaken in your department around pedagogical training (organizing workshops, being a lead TA., etc.)
    • your professional and career goals, and how you would benefit professionally from this fellowship
    • (for IORs and TAs) your teaching interests:
      • For IORs: Discuss the class you propose to teach.
      • For TAs: Describe the specific disciplinary fields in which you could be a teaching assistant. If possible, let us know if there are specific classes or faculty you might like to work with or have been in communication.
    • (for OAs) what you would be able to contribute to students, faculty, and staff you would work with; please include any experience you have had with online or hybrid education, which is desirable but not a fellowship requirement
  • Two letters of recommendation, one from your DGS that states 1) you are making satisfactory dissertation progress, 2) you have completed any required teaching in your department, and 3) serving as a Bass Instructional Fellow would not interfere with your department's teaching/TAing needs. The other letter should be from your primary faculty adviser OR another faculty member with knowledge of your proposed instructional activities if you prefer not to ask your adviser. You can make this request from within the fellowship application system, and the request will be emailed to the recommenders.


Go to The Graduate School’s fellowship application system to submit your application. | Application instructions (PDF)

Application Period

The application cycle opens in early October and closes in late November. Award recipients will be notified in mid-December. The Graduate School will announce exact dates closer to the start of the cycle, and they will be posted with the award listing on the school’s online application system.

Funding Source

  • Duke Graduate School opportunities

Student Status

  • Continuing Student

Academic Division

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Physical Sciences and Engineering
  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities

Type of Degrees

  • Ph.D.


  • Academic Year
  • Summer
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