Commitment, Eligibility and Benefits


The Seminars in Teaching Excellence (STE) will explore topics that are fundamental to teaching and learning in the humanities and support innovative approaches to humanities curricula through productive discussions and collaborations between UCLA and local community college faculty, and UCLA graduate students. The outcome for each seminar will vary and will be determined by the faculty leads and participants of each STE, but at the very least the seminars are required to provide:

  • an annotated bibliography of relevant scholarly articles
  • one other product that can be used or adapted to provide pedagogical training and instructional support for faculty and TAs

The seminars require a maximum of 30 hours of face-to-face meetings and 20 hours of at-home preparation (i.e., reading, development of project materials). Fellows are expected to attend all meetings, notify the co-leads in the event of professional/personal conflicts of interest, and contribute to the final project.


Mellon-EPIC Fellowship for Faculty

Tenure-track and full-time instructors from the Division of Humanities, Musicology, and the Department of History at UCLA are invited to apply for the STEs. Adjunct instructors and postdocs are also eligible to apply and will be considered as space permits. For each STE, two spots will be reserved for our Community College partners. For more information, please contact us.

Mellon-EPIC Fellowship for Graduate Students

Each candidate must fulfill the following criteria in order to be eligible to apply to the Mellon-EPIC Fellowship in Teaching Excellence:

  • Candidate’s home department must be part of the Humanities Division, Musicology or the Department of History at UCLA. For a list of Humanities departments please visit the Humanities Division website.
  • Candidate must be enrolled full-time during the academic year.
  • Candidate must have at least one full quarter of TA experience at UCLA prior to the quarter when the STE is offered.
  • Candidate must be in good academic standing with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Candidate must arrange for a UCLA faculty member to send an email referral on his/her behalf. The referral must be sent by the faculty member directly to and it must speak to the candidate’s commitment to excellence in teaching in the humanities and/or advocacy of TA training at UCLA. Please advise your faculty recommender to submit a .pdf file.
  • Due to limited space in each STE, priority will be given to graduate students between years 2 and 5 of their graduate program. More advanced graduate students may still apply and will be considered should space be available.

Faculty Leads: Two UCLA faculty members will be invited to co-lead each STE. Faculty leads are responsible for providing the structure for their STE, develop the content and the scope of the seminar, and facilitate the scheduled meetings. Each faculty lead will receive $10,000 in compensation, $1,500 in benefits, and one course release each year.

Faculty Participants: Faculty members in humanities fields, including musicology and history, are encouraged to apply. There are eight spaces reserved for UCLA ladder faculty and full-time lecturers/adjuncts in each STE. Two spaces are reserved for faculty from Santa Monica College during the AY 2017-2018. These two spaces will be open to applicants from other community colleges beginning AY 2018-2019. Each faculty participant will receive a $5,000 research grant.

Mellon-EPIC Fellowship in Teaching Excellence: Graduate students with home departments in the Humanities Division, Musicology or the Department of History at UCLA are eligible to apply to participate in the STEs as Mellon-EPIC Fellows. There are ten spaces reserved for graduate student Fellows in each STE. Fellows will be awarded $5,000.

Teaching Innovation Grants: UCLA Faculty participants will also be eligible to vie for a $5,000 grant to be used for innovative or cutting edge teaching practices or methodologies in the classroom. Up to five grants are available for each STE.