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In addition to these awards, the University supports graduate students through teaching, research, and service fellowships and assistanceships. For these, contact your graduate chair or administrator for details.

Teacher-Scholar Doctoral Fellowship


One sessional lecture stipend plus $15,000 over one year, less employee deductions.

Number offeredVaries

Teacher-Scholar Doctoral Fellowships (TSDF) are mentored graduate teaching fellowships available to doctoral students through an open university-wide competition supported by the College of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies (CGPS), in partnership with the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning (GMCTL). Fellows must be PhD students in the 2nd to 5th year of their program registered and fully qualified with a grade-point average of 80% or greater.

Students who are beyond the 5th year of their PhD program at the start of the fellowship are not eligible to hold this award.

Students must have successfully completed their PhD Comprehensive Examination by August 31st of the application year to hold this award.

The Sessional Lecturer appointment portion of this fellowship must follow these requirements:

  • The sessional lecturer appointment must be scheduled in Term 2 (January to April) to meet the requirements of the TSDF program.
  • Recipients should not be assigned teaching responsibilities that will conflict with the requirements of the TSDF program in Term 2, including biweekly GPS 982 meetings from 1:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. on Thursday afternoons.
  • Recipients are expected to teach a course within their subject matter expertise area that has a minimum expected enrolment of at least 20 students.
  • Recipients must meet all of the appropriate academic and/or professional qualifications before being appointed as a sessional lecturer.
  • A recipient's teaching assignment can be in a different unit from that in which they are completing their graduate program, as long as the teaching assignment is still within the applicant's and faculty mentor's areas of subject expertise.
  • The teaching experience of the Fellow and combined teaching interests/goals of the recipient and faculty mentor, as described in the TSDF application, should be taken into consideration when making the sessional lecturer appointment.

The selection committee will consist of members of the CGPS Graduate Awards & Scholarships Committee and a member of the GMCTL. The criteria for selection will include:

  • The graduate student's grade point average.
  • The student's and faculty mentor's joint commitment to teaching excellence, as articulated in the application.

Students must apply online at and attach their up-to-date CV.

Faculty mentors will complete their portion of the application at and attach the following documents:

  • A completed signature page signed by the student's supervisor, faculty mentor, and Department Head/Director/Dean of the unit where the student will be teaching. It is understood that the same person may fill multiple roles
  • A syllabus of the course to be taught. If this is a new course, provide a general outline of the course that provides the same information

If you have any questions, contact Graduate Awards & Scholarships at

DeadlineMonday, March 6, 2023 at 4:30 PM CST