Double Discovery Fellows

The Double Discovery Center (DDC) has a highly competitive fellowship opportunity that provides selected Columbia University graduate students with a $10,000 stipend per academic year to support the academic enrichment component of DDC’s comprehensive program that builds the successful college readiness of low-income, first-generation college-bound community youth.

Fellows have two primary responsibilities. Fellos design and deliver two academically rigorous courses per semester. Fellows also may act as mentors to Columbia undergraduates assigned to course sas a teaching assistant

to help support the learning of DDC students. The fellowship is an integrative part of the “double discovery benefit”. First, Columbia graduate students have the opportunity to engage in structured pedagogical training and experiences that will bolster their instructional capacity. This has positive implications for those interested in a career in academia especially since the majority of graduate students, including those who serve as teaching assistants, typically lack the training and experience necessary to effectively fulfill their instructional responsibilities when they become faculty. Pedagogical training improves teaching practice, reduces teaching anxiety and yields higher levels of self-efficacy toward teaching. Secondly, the DDC students will benefit from the content expertise of Columbia graduate students who have the opportunity to strengthen their teaching practices.