Offered jointly by the Graduate Division’s Graduate Writing Center and GSI Teaching & Resource Center, the Summer Institute enables graduate students to excel in all aspects of academic life as they pursue an advanced degree at UC Berkeley and transition from graduate school to future academic careers. Graduate students who are nearing completion of their graduate programs and beginning to prepare for the academic job market are encouraged to apply.
The 2018 Summer Institute will take place over a six-week period, May 23 to June 29.
Summer Institute fellows attend two courses:
- Core course: From Graduate Student to Faculty Member (Wednesdays 1 to 5 p.m.)
- One of two elective courses, either academic writing and publishing or developing a teaching portfolio (Mondays and Thursdays, 1 to 3 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.)
Please see the Course Descriptions for details.
“It certainly made me feel better educated about what to expect and helped me to identify important things to consider in the job search. I also feel like I have a much better sense of where to look for information that I will need, and also that I have received lots of practical ‘mentoring-type’ advice from panelists.”
Applicants must be UC Berkeley graduate students who are advanced to candidacy by the beginning of the Summer Institute (May 23, 2018). Berkeley Ph.D.s who graduate in May 2018 may also take the program. Graduate students from other campuses, postdocs, and visiting scholars are welcome to join the program but must enroll through Summer Sessions and pay Summer Sessions fees.
Materials required for application:
1. Curriculum vitae
2. One-page statement of interest addressing
- your career goals;
- your research and teaching interests;
- why you would like to participate in the Summer Institute for Preparing Future Faculty; and
- what you hope to get out of the program and the specific courses being offered this year.
3. Completed online application (curriculum vitae and statement will be uploaded to the application portal)
4. Confidential letter of recommendation from your dissertation committee chair (or intended dissertation chair if you have not yet advanced to candidacy at the time of application).The letter should address
- your work to date in your graduate program and your potential contribution to the field;
- your commitment to a future career in higher education; and
- how participation in the Summer Institute for Preparing Future Faculty will benefit you.
The letter of recommendation must be submitted electronically by the faculty member to the application portal by March 23, 2018.