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Seattle, Washington 98195-3770

Phone: 206.543.5900
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Huckabay Teaching Fellowship

2014-15 application deadline:  March 3, 2014, 12 noon. (PST)

These one-quarter awards are intended to give graduate students an opportunity to develop a specific project focused on teaching and learning at the college and university level (students may not use the fellowship to teach a course they have already developed). Projects are proposed by students, who find faculty Teaching Mentors, either from UW or from a nearby community college, college, or university to collaborate with them in their projects. Projects are not restricted to developing a course; previous projects have used technology, onsite teaching, etc. During the project, these collaborations between the Fellow and the Mentor should allow the student to benefit from the faculty member’s expertise in teaching, while maintaining a focus centered on the student’s teaching interests. Fellows will meet several times as a cohort during winter quarter (required as part of the fellowship). The award will be made for a single quarter during the 2014-15 academic year (autumn 2014-summer 2015).

These fellowships are funded by a private endowment established by Durward and Susan Huckabay, UW alumni and Laureates, in order to further graduate education at the University of Washington.

Questions can be directed to the Graduate School Fellowships and Awards Office at or 206.543.7152.


  • enrolled in a master's or doctoral tuition-based program (students in fee-based programs are not eligible)

Criteria for Proposals

Huckabay Fellowships are not intended to fund a student’s academic research, but rather, to broaden the student’s graduate education, particularly in the area of teaching and learning. Proposals will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary committee which will use the criteria listed below.

The proposal should:

  • Clearly identify a need in instruction or curriculum and demonstrate why this need is important and should be addressed.
  • Reflect a clearly explained methodology that is appropriate for addressing the need.
  • Make clear the tasks the Fellow will undertake in the collaboration on the project, demonstrating the Fellow-centered nature of the proposal.
  • Stipulate plans for assessing the success of the project.
  • Provide evidence that the student is well qualified to undertake the tasks outlined in the application.
  • Describe the Teaching Mentor’s active participation in the project and make clear the ways in which he or she will assist the Fellow in becoming a better teacher.
  • Provide evidence of the Teaching Mentor's reflective practice as a teacher that qualifies him or her to undertake the tasks outlined in the proposal.
  • Outline the opportunities that the Fellow will have to teach or otherwise use the results of the project, if applicable. (Note: this fellowship may not be used to teach a course.)


Any faculty member from UW or a nearby college or university is eligible to be a mentor. Graduate students benefit from having multiple faculty mentors, so applicants should consider working with someone other than their research advisors at the UW. Students can also benefit from working with faculty at one of the other higher education institutions in the Seattle area.

Faculty mentors may work with only one Huckabay Fellow at a time.

Application Process

Applications should be submitted to the Catalyst Collect-It Box at:

Applications are due no later than Monday, March 3, 2014, 12 noon (PST). No late materials will be accepted; applications will not be considered unless they are complete and submitted by the deadline.

Application materials should be submitted Portable Document Format (pdf); mentor(s) can submit their statement(s) separately. Applications must include the following:

  1. A completed cover sheet (found at
  2. A description of the project that the student and faculty mentor hope to undertake. This should be written jointly by the student and the mentor. Maximum three pages, double-spaced, 12 pt Times New Roman, 1 inch margins.
  3. A statement by the student describing his or her background in teaching and preparation for the intended project, the reasons for his/her interest in the proposed project, and an enumeration of the tasks within the project he/she will perform. Maximum two pages, double-spaced, 12 pt Times New Roman, 1 inch margins.
  4. A statement by the faculty mentor describing his/her interest in mentoring a student for teaching, the reasons for his/her interest in the proposed project, experience as a mentor, and an enumeration of the tasks within the project he/she will perform. Maximum two pages, double-spaced, 12 pt Times New Roman, 1 inch margins.

Terms of Award

  • The award will be made for a single quarter during the 2014-15 academic year (autumn 2014 through summer 2015).
  • The awards provide a stipend at the regular Predoc TA II level (currently $1,937 per month), Graduate Appointee Insurance (GAIP) and a waiver of UW state tuition and fees (excluding U-PASS and International Student Fee) up to 18 credits.
  • Students are required to enroll for at least 10 credits the quarter in which they receive the award.
  • The fellows will meet as a cohort several times during winter quarter 2015; participation is required as part of the fellowship.
  • Students may not use their fellowship quarter to teach a course they have developed.
  • Students may not receive other fellowship monies or hold employment for the quarter in which they receive their Huckabay award; if they wish to do so they need to receive prior approval from the Fellowships and Awards Office.
  • Fellows may choose to enroll in GRDSCH 610 (3 credits), Teaching Mentorship, and earn credit for their fellowship experience.
  • The number of awards will be determined by the caliber of the applications and the amount of funding available.
  • Students in fee-based programs are not eligible for this fellowship.
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