Center for Teaching & Learning Innovation Fellowship Call


Graduate Students

Deadline Extended: June 15, 2022

The Graduate School and the Center for Teaching & Learning Innovation (Center for TLI) at Michigan State University welcome you to learn with us, influence the future of higher education, and further develop as leaders and public scholars by becoming a Graduate School/MSU Center for TLI Fellow.

The Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation defines “educator” in the broadest sense, as anyone who contributes to the teaching and learning, outreach, and/or student success mission of the university. By supporting educator professional development, the Center for TLI, within its broader educator support network, is helping to innovate and improve teaching, learning, and student success at MSU. This is not a conventional teaching or research fellowship. Graduate fellows will explore spaces where educators come to learn and think differently about teaching and learning, while building and exercising skills in design, facilitation, and collaboration. Center for TLI Fellows’ work contributes to real outcomes that impact campus. Being a Center for TLI Grad Fellow means joining a diverse team of interdisciplinary experts to improve MSU as a teaching and learning institution.


Each fellow will develop skills that support educator professional development, such as program design, project management, systems-level collaboration, facilitation and more. The first part of the fellowship will be focused on learning about the work of the Center for TLI, meeting our team members in various roles, and joining an existing Center for TLI effort for the remainder of the fellowship year.

Each fellow will then propose an independent dissemination component that connects to their Center for TLI work and which will be implemented in the second semester. Requirements for this dissemination component are flexible: it should involve the skills each fellow is developing through their unique work with Center for TLI and can be a synchronous or asynchronous research, writing, outreach, and/or creative project. Each fellow will present their public dissemination work to their Center for TLI colleagues at the completion of the fellowship in the spring. Each fellow will receive $5,000 to support their work.

Who should apply to be a Fellow?

Successful applicants will have a proven commitment to and passion for pedagogy and how institutions like MSU can best support high-quality teaching, learning and student success. Successful applicants will also have experience with and/or demonstrate openness to developing new skillsets and to share best practices in teaching.

We are interested in building a cohort of fellows who are:

  • interested in teaching & learning and educator professional development
  • excited about interdisciplinary collaboration
  • driven to improve their skills
  • flexible and adaptable
  • motivated to make an impact on campus and beyond

If working in the Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation (Center for TLI) aligns with your personal and professional goals, we hope you will apply.

Who is eligible?

Applicants must be MSU students enrolled full-time in a program leading to a Ph.D., in good academic standing, and making progress on their degrees. This fellowship is open to applicants who have not previously held a MSU Graduate School cohort fellowship and will not concurrently hold another MSU Graduate School cohort fellowship.

How to apply:

Reflect on the following 3 mini-essay questions which are part of the application form (responses limited to 300 words):

  • Why are you interested in being a Center for TLI Fellow? How will being a Center for TLI Fellow help you achieve your personal or professional goals?
  • Discuss how your intersecting identities influence the way you think about teaching and learning?
  • What activities or experiences demonstrate your interest in and/or commitment to high quality teaching and learning?

Discuss the Center for TLI Grad Fellows program with your Department Chair/Graduate Program Director and your Graduate Advisor.

To complete the application form, you will be asked to upload the follow in addition to your responses to the three aforementioned questions:

  • A current CV
  • Names of both your Department Chair (or Graduate Program Director) and Graduate Advisor as endorsements
  • A short letter of endorsement (one paragraph) from either your Department Chair (or Graduate Program Director) or Graduate Advisor. This short letter can also be emailed by your endorser separately; instructions are in the application.

The next cohort application opens April 30, 2022. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of representatives from both The Graduate School and the Center for Teaching & Learning Innovation.


For more information, please contact Ellie Louson or Makena Neal, the Center for TLI Grad Fellowship directors and faculty mentors.