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Critical Writing Teaching Fellowship

The Critical Writing Graduate Teaching Fellowship is a competitive award designed to support advanced graduate students in their professional development as teachers and writers. Fellows teach one Critical Writing seminar each semester drawing upon their particular interests and discipline and integrating them with best practices in the teaching of writing.


Open to Penn graduate students in the Arts and Sciences currently enrolled in their fourth or fifth year of doctoral study.

To qualify for the Critical Writing Fellowship, applicants must be graduate students in good standing and endorsed by their graduate group. They must have completed all coursework and passed their preliminary examinations. Fellowships will not be awarded to students beyond their sixth year of studies.

Fellows must be able to attend all training sessions. Finalists will not be allowed to teach if they do not attend and complete training.


  • Teach one writing seminar each semester, in accordance with the mission and policies of the Critical Writing Program
  • Attend training sessions, orientations, meetings, and portfolio assessment sessions as required
  • Submit materials (e.g., samples of student writing, comments on writing, training assignments) and be observed by the Director of Critical Writing and other training staff of the Critical Writing program

Training schedule

Weekly one-hour online training sessions in May and two weeks of in-person training (approximately four hours per day) in August, along with weekly one-hour meetings in September, October, and November. For specific dates, visit the Critical Writing Program calendar.


Compensation includes a teaching stipend (based on current graduate student funding in SAS), a $1500 training stipend, tuition reimbursement, and benefits.

How to apply

Candidates must be endorsed by their graduate group. You should inform your graduate chair that you are applying. All application materials should be submitted online through the Graduate Teaching Fellows application site. Complete applications must include:

  • a letter of interest
  • your current CV
  • a writing sample (3-5 page excerpt from a recent seminar paper, essay, report or other academic writing)
  • your discipline and year of study
  • brief course proposal (150 words maximum) similar to those offered by others in our program. Proposals should include the titles of two scholarly monographs on the topic that you are proposing.
  • name and e-mail address of your graduate group chair
  • two letters from referees. Candidates should provide names and contact information of the two referees using the application site. Referees will receive an e-mail providing them with a link for submitting their letter.

All application materials must be received by February 1.

Part-Time Lecturers, College of Liberal and Professional Studies

Applications are welcomed from graduate students who have taught previously for the Critical Writing Program for a limited number of part-time lectureship positions teaching writing seminars for the College of Liberal and Professional Studies. Applicants should use the application guidelines and submission link for Part-Time Lecturers.

Graduate Writing Consultants

Senior Tutors act as writing consultants for graduate students at Penn. For more information on this position, visit help with your writing.

Candidates for this position must have taught, or be currently teaching, a Critical Writing seminar, and have completed the full year of faculty training.

Qualified candidates should send a brief email of interest to