How to Apply to the CLIP Fellows Program

CALL FOR PROPOSALS | Deadline: January 16, 2023

Collaborative Learning and Interdisciplinary Pedagogy (CLIP) Fellows Program

2023-2024 Theme: Dreams and Nightmares

CHID recognizes the vital role that graduate student instructors play in the creation and maintenance of our vibrant learning community. The CHID CLIP Fellows Program is designed to support their innovative, collaborative teaching and research around a central theme that also incorporates diverse faculty and graduate and undergraduate students. In addition to fostering collaboration across disciplines, the CLIP Fellows Program provides structural and monetary support for research and teaching as well as professional development. This year, CHID is aligning the CLIP theme with the one selected by the Humanities First initiative: Dreams and Nightmares.

Applicants are invited to propose creative and interdisciplinary courses and activities that explore how “dreams and nightmares” could serve as analytical, poetic, and/or theoretical categories for understanding a wide range of issues. These might include (and are not limited to) dreams and nightmares in the psychoanalytic tradition, as tropes in literature and film, or as alternatives to Western modes of rationality. We are especially interested in topics that speak to matters of social, environmental, and racial justice. We welcome work across geographies, especially courses focused on the Global South (broadly understood).

The CLIP Fellows Program supports two PhD Candidates whose work complements and resonates with each other in compelling ways, for a one-year research and teaching cluster. Co-authored by both applicants, the proposal should include a list of four thematically related undergraduate courses, either new or previously taught in CHID. We encourage the use of CHID “permanent courses” (i.e., not “special topics”) that can be re-imagined to connect with this year’s theme. These courses would be taught over Winter and Spring Quarter (one courses per instructor for each quarter). In addition, the fellowship will also fund Autumn Quarter research assistantships for each of the applicants. The proposal should also include a plan for the year that incorporates the proposed courses into a larger framework of teaching- and research-oriented events, such as public talks, student presentations, pedagogy workshops, etc. Finally, the proposal should also identify other UW faculty, courses, initiatives, or programs that could potentially link to the cluster theme. Preference will be given to proposals that encourage collaboration across disciplines and across levels (undergraduate, graduate, and faculty); that are oriented toward undergraduate mentorship; that utilize innovative pedagogical models; and that have the potential to bring together unique cross sections of scholars and other interlocutors from UW and the larger community. Possible links to experiential learning activities like internships or study abroad programs are also encouraged. Although previous fellowship recipients are welcome to reapply, preference will be given to those who have not been CLIP fellows in previous years.

Award Terms
Each CLIP Fellow will be funded at 50% FTE for the academic year to teach one course per quarter and will receive $2,000 in research funds. Graduate students will be paid at the Predoctoral Research Assistantship level in Autumn Quarter and at the Predoctoral Instructor level during Winter and Spring Quarters, as determined by the UAW/UW Academic Student Employee contract.

Eligible applicants include current UW graduate students who will have advanced to doctoral candidacy by September 16, 2023, and who have teaching experience.

How to Apply
Proposals should be a maximum of 3 pages and include the following sections:

  1. A brief statement detailing the cluster’s theme.
  2. Titles and brief descriptions of the four proposed courses, who will teach each course, and how the courses will be distributed over the Winter and Spring Quarters.
  3. Brief (250 word) biographies of each applicant.
  4. A brief overview of supporting activities.
  5. A short list of possible linked permanent courses or connections to faculty in CHID and across campus.

Email proposals as a single PDF to Marthadina Russell ( by midnight, January 16. Please contact Marthadina if you have any questions.

CHID gratefully acknowledges the support of College of Arts and Sciences for the CLIP