• CUTF participants are typically appointed as teaching fellows and must therefore satisfy the criteria for that appointment. A teaching fellow is formally advanced to doctoral candidacy, has demonstrated professional maturity and excellence as a scholar and teacher, and has at least two academic years (6 quarters) of UCLA TA experience, or approved teaching experience at a comparable institution. Appointments at the Associate Level will be considered by exception.
  • In line with these requirements, all CUTF Fellows must have advanced to candidacy by the beginning of Fall quarter in the academic year in which they are planning to teach.
  • Graduate students cannot have received their Ph.D. prior to the academic year in which they will teach.
  • All CUTF fellows are required to attend a GE workshop during the upcoming Spring quarter.
  • All CUTF fellows are required to attend a seminar during the Fall quarter prior to their seminar offering. There are no exceptions. Experienced academic administrators lead the seminar in Fall. This seminar helps the teaching fellows to refine their syllabi and the conduct of a lower division seminar will be discussed.
  • All CUTF fellows must be enrolled in the quarter that they teach in order to qualify for fee remissions and health insurance.


Each Winter quarter, graduate students who will advance to candidacy by the following Fall may submit an application to their home department to develop and teach their own lower-division course. Departments are asked to endorse their graduate student applicants and to provide a faculty advisor who will mentor the fellow’s seminar development in the department. Graduate students cannot have received their Ph.D. prior to the academic year in which they will teach.

The nominations must come from the department, and each department may nominate up to three graduate students. Prospective applicants are advised to consult with their home department regarding the departmental due date allowing sufficient time for applying and ranking.

Copies of each proposal are reviewed by the CUTF Faculty Advisory Committee, and approximately 19 fellows are selected in the Spring quarter.

Fellows are encouraged to read past successful syllabi, contact previous CUTF Fellows in their department (if any) and discuss the process with them. After doing so, if assistance is still needed, CUTF offers consultation on the application process, as well as proposal suitability.


Proposals are selected based on, amongst other factors, intellectual content, originality, and likely student interest. They should be suitable for a seminar format and not duplicate the standard curriculum and eligible for General Education credit. Proposed courses should not be survey courses or introductory courses of the topic, regardless of whether such a course is offered in the department.

The Committee also attempts to ensure balance in its selection across departments and across topics. For departments with multiple submissions, department chairs are asked to suggest a ranking.

The opportunity to participate in the CUTF program is available to advanced graduate students in all divisions of the College and across the professional schools, with special consideration being given to programs whose graduate students do not normally have the opportunity to teach their own courses. The Committee’s criteria for reviewing course proposals also suggest that the seminar be relevant to the graduate student’s career plans and provide a link to the subject area of their dissertation research.  Departments without doctoral programs may submit proposals and MFA students may apply in the last year of their programs.