Graduate Fellows FAQ

  • What is the RCAH Graduate Fellowship Program in Undergraduate Teaching and Learning?
    The Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH) Graduate Fellows Program is a year-long Fellowship intended to provide a diverse group of graduate students committed to a career in undergraduate education with professional development opportunities outside of regular classroom instruction and to prepare them to make meaningful contributions to the scholarship on teaching and learning in areas important to the RCAH.
  • Who can be an RCAH Fellow?
    Any full-time MSU graduate student in a terminal degree program (e.g., EdD, MFA, Ph.D.) who is in good academic standing and has experience teaching undergraduate students. We especially encourage applicants whose scholarly and teaching interests align with the mission of RCAH, and who are nearing completion of, or have completed, coursework.
  • What do I do as an RCAH Fellow?

    There are four major components of the RCAH Graduate Fellows program:

    1. The completion of a project related to teaching and learning in RCAH
    2. Participation in weekly meetings wherein Fellows discuss a variety of topics related to RCAH and teaching and learning
    3. Involvement in RCAH events and programs
    4. Professional development activities to prepare graduate students as future faculty
  • How are RCAH Fellows compensated?
    The Fellowship carries a $7500 stipend, and Fellows can hold assistantships (e.g. TAs, GAs) during their Fellowship year. There is no tuition credit associated with the Fellowship.
  • How many years can a Fellow participate?
    Students apply to participate as RCAH Fellows for one year. Although some past Fellows have participated for two years, we have changed the program to accommodate more students.
  • Should I contact an RCAH faculty member to work with on teaching and learning project?
    No. We encourage applicants to focus their application materials on their strengths and alignment with the mission of RCAH, rather than on projects with specific RCAH faculty. Please note that in past years, we encouraged applicants to contact faculty members and propose specific projects related to teaching and learning. This process became cumbersome for RCAH faculty and did little to support the projects RCAH Fellows worked on.