Bass Instructional Fellowships

  • What: Funding for teaching experiences for Ph.D. students
  • Open to: Ph.D. students who have completed prelims before start of fellowship term and have completed departmental TA requirements (Details)
  • When: Fellowship terms can be in the fall or spring
  • Next application cycle: October 2023

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 digital teaching and learning. 

The program offers fellowships for:

Fellowship Funding

Financial support for Bass Instructional Fellows is variable and dependent on the student’s need.

  • If the student has support in place for the term in which they plan to participate, the Bass award can be purely nominal (i.e., no financial component).
  • If the student needs support for that term or semester, full financial support would be available. Fellows who receive full financial support 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.


Bass IOR & TA

John Klingensmith, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
Associate Professor, Cell Biology
Duke University Graduate School
2127 Campus Drive, Box 90068
Durham, NC 27708

Bass DEF

Hugh Crumley, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education
Duke University Graduate School
2127 Campus Drive, Box 90068
Durham, NC 27708

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