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We are committed to supporting COLLEGE Teaching Fellows in their research, scholarship, and professional development. 

Stanford Introductory Studies (the administrative unit of COLLEGE) hopes that fellows can maximize the fixed-term fellowship time to strengthen their preparation for their next step, whatever it may be. The program will host an assortment of professional development sessions for fellows as well as advertising opportunities offered around campus—topics may include, for instance, Fellow Alumni Panel; From Dissertation to Book; Exploring Teaching Careers; From CV to Resume; Building a Online Platform.

Fellows are encouraged to speak with the Associate Director Dayo Mitchell about their professional goals, and for individual feedback on job materials and interview practice. We encourage collaboration: fellows may come together for writing accountability groups, book proposal workshops, or act as students when a fellow needs to rehearse a teaching demonstration. An array of resources and suggestions for professional development live in the SIS Fellows Drive (fellows-only link). Resources speak to the many paths that fellows have taken after leaving SIS: tenure-track faculty jobs, university staff roles, and industry. 

Funds for Research

All funds require approval before spending, and receipts and documentation will be required (all expenses are subject to Stanford University financial policies). Whenever possible, Stanford Introductory Studies prefers to pay directly for expenses rather than ask fellows to wait to be reimbursed. Although called research funds, they may be used broadly for professional development.

University STAP Funds ($800)

The University provides all full-time staff with $800 in STAP Funds, issued each 1 September and expiring on 31 August. Fellows typically use STAP funds for classes and conference registrations, as the university narrowly defines how they can be used. Learn more about STAP.

COLLEGE Funds ($2000)

Stanford Introductory Studies provides all full-time, full-year teaching fellows with access to $2000 each year in professional development funds, issued annually on the start date and expiring with the termination of the contract. Unlike STAP funds, COLLEGE funds may be used for travel to conferences, research travel, professional memberships, and books, as well as for classes and conference registrations. Fellows may also contract for services such as developmental editing on a book manuscript, or pay open access fees. COLLEGE funds are quite flexible except for the list below, so that's only a fraction of the possibilities.

Ineligible expenses:

  • Travel for job interviews
  • Equipment of any kind—no computers, etc. (Fellows are provided with a university-owned laptop for the duration of the contract)
  • Software (with the exception of limited subscriptions, by reimbursement only)
  • Hiring research assistants

For expense approvals and for more information on professional development funds, consult Associate Director Dayo Mitchell or the Fellows Handbook (fellows-only link).


The team-teaching model for the lecture courses assigns one fellow as a Course Coordinator. This role carries a small supplemental stipend and enables fellows to develop skills in building consensus, facilitating complex discussions, and managing events. 

Teaching fellows in COLLEGE can learn more about academic technology through paid and volunteer professional development opportunities, such as the Tech Coordinator role. We also offer one-on-one and group workshops on professional websites, digital identity, etc. See Academic Technology.

Fellows are also able to take on projects outside of teaching in COLLEGE. They may teach with other departments on campus as an overload. Many fellows have developed their own course and expanded their teaching skills through teaching for Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies or Continuing Studies. Others have continued research collaborations with mentors on- or off-campus.