FAST Fellows

FAST - Future Academic Scholars in Teaching


FAST fellows as future faculty

FAST Fellows Program 2016-2017 (pdf)

FAST Fellowship Application 2016-2017 (pdf)

The Graduate School at Michigan State University (MSU) and the MSU Center for the Integration of Research Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) Steering Committee are sponsoring an opportunity for graduate students--the FAST Fellowship Program (Future Academic Scholars in Teaching). The primary goals of the FAST Fellowship Program are to provide opportunities for a diverse group of graduate students to have mentored teaching experiences and to gain familiarity with materials on teaching and assessment techniques.

The FAST program is for doctoral students with interests in teaching, learning, and assessment in higher education who are enrolled in programs associated with the Colleges of Natural Science, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Engineering, and Veterinary Medicine and whose college or department has an approved Certification in College Teaching Program.** This program was developed in response to the national need to prepare future faculty for the changing needs and expectations in higher education. FAST also complements the efforts of CIRTL ( at other institutions (e.g. University of Colorado Boulder and University of Wisconsin-Madison).

Students selected for this one-year program participate in group meetings usually at 4:00-5:30 p.m. on Thursdays (or another day designated by the group) or workshops with fellowship recipients, outside speakers, and/or faculty members to discuss topics related to teaching and learning. Fellowship recipients also propose and conduct a defined, small scholarly project on a topic they select regarding the scholarship of teaching. Assistance with projects is provided by a mentor, selected by each fellow, and MSU CIRTL Steering Committee Members. Fellows are encouraged and supported to disseminate project results on websites, at conferences, and/or in peer-reviewed journals. Each fellow receives $2,000 to help support project expenses and/or travel to a conference to disseminate findings.

Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a program leading to a Ph.D., be in good academic standing, and making progress on their degrees. FAST Fellows from previous years may re-apply for an additional year in the program. Applicants should submit an application form when they are available through their department; a C.V.; and a brief essay that describes their career goals, why they are interested in FAST, and how they anticipate that participation in the FAST Fellowship Program will enhance their professional development. Previous FAST Fellows should describe and justify what further activities associated with their project they will pursue during the additional fellowship year.