Apply now! Open Pedagogy Fellowship – Spring 2021

Open Pedagogy Fellowship – Apply by 2/15/21 at 5:00pm EST

The Library seeks applications for Open Pedagogy Fellows for Spring 2021, each carrying a $2000 stipend.

What is the Open Pedagogy Fellowship?

The Fellowship experience will provide interactive training about how to find openly licensed resources to use in the courses you teach, no matter your field. Open materials can include lab manuals, Open Access journal articles, Creative Commons-licensed works, and many other types of content. We’ll discuss:

  • Economics of scholarly publishing
  • Benefits of open access for students, researchers, and authors, as well as some discipline-specific obstacles to achieving open access
  • How to identify open access, open educational resources, and other forms of “open”
  • How to bring critical/open pedagogy into your teaching practices.

Fundamentally, this is an opportunity to consider how knowledge is created and produced, and for whom. By the end, you’ll have a syllabus that’s zero-cost for your students and, just as importantly, ideas for strategies to center their needs, experiences, and voices.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

This Fellowship is for Graduate Center master’s or doctoral students who will be teaching at CUNY in Fall 2021. Preference will be given to those who will be able to teach in Fall 2021 using the OER / zero-cost syllabus they create, but all Graduate Center master’s or doctoral students who are teaching at CUNY will be considered. Applicants must be fully enrolled for Spring 2021 to receive the stipend [Full enrollment for doctoral students is 7 credits or weighed instructions units (WIUs); for MA students, 9 credits].

What happens during the Fellowship?

Fellows are required to participate in workshops on the following dates/times: 

          • Tuesday March 23rd – 3pm-5pm
          • Thursday, March 25th – 2pm-4pm
          • Tuesday March 30th – 2pm-4pm
          • Thursday April 1st – 2pm-4pm
          • Tuesday April 6th – 2pm-4pm

      *If one of the above dates or the time slot does not work for you, please apply and note this on your application.

        • Syllabus Conversion Project:
          • We’ll take a close look at your syllabus, and find equivalent materials that are free and openly licensed. You’ll learn how to identify and interpret Creative Commons, apply the principles of Fair Use, and locate Open Access scholarship within your discipline.
          • Fellows will create an OER / zero-cost syllabus to replace an existing syllabus for a course that will be taught in Fall 2021 – or – that was previously offered in a recent semester and is expected to be taught again.

          * Fellowship Mini-Showcase February 8th, 2pm-3pm EST *

          If you’re curious to learn more, we’re hosting an orientation about the Fellowship. Click here to sign up! The Zoom link will be emailed to you.

          • Fellowship Calendar
            1. Apply here – Application Deadline: Monday February 15th, 5:00pm EST 
            2. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by February 26, 2021.
            3. Fellowship begins on Tuesday March 23rd (See required dates/times above)

            We sincerely look forward to seeing your application! If you have questions about the Fellowship or application process, please contact Mr. Elvis Bakaitis (Interim Head of Reference) at

            [Check out these reflection pieces by previous Fellows: Languaging in the CUNY Academic Commons, by Anthony Harb; “You are Not Neutral” by Inés Vañó García; The Art of Open Pedagogy by Anna Carroll]

About the Author

Elvis Bakaitis is currently the Head of Reference at the Mina Rees Library. They're also proud to serve on the University LGBTQ Council, and as a board member of CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies.