Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

McDougal Graduate Writing Fellow Program

McDougal Graduate Writing Fellows

McDougal Writing Fellows are motivated graduate students with excellent communication skills who are passionate about teaching writing. They plan, organize, and lead academic writing workshops, coordinate writing groups, including Dissertation Boot Camps and Study Halls, and develop academic writing resources. 


Being a McDougal Writing Fellow is an outstanding opportunity to become an expert on academic writing and develop teaching, mentoring, leadership, communication, and administrative skills. Students who have worked in the Graduate Writing Lab are competitive candidates for academic, publishing, editing, administration, and writing center positions.

McDougal Graduate Writing Fellows work 5 - 7 flexible hours per week and receive competitive per hour compensation.

We usually hire new Fellows in March and April, but interested candidates are encouraged to contact the Graduate Writing Lab during the academic year.


1. Applicants must be full-time PhD students, registered with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and in good standing for the 2017-18 academic year.

2. Preference is given to students in years 3 through 5 of their degree program and who are interested in working in the Writing Lab for more than one year.

3. All applicants must be in residence in the New Haven area for the academic year of their appointment.

4. All selected candidates are required to participate in group training during the third week of May, end of August, and in weekly training sessions throughout the academic year.



1. Excellent written communication and academic writing skills.

2. Interest in enhancing public speaking and teaching skills.

3. Experience in making presentations for small and large audiences.

4. Teaching and/or tutoring experience; teaching writing-focused classes is not required but is a plus.

5. Exceptional organizational skills; experience in organizing small-scale and large-scale events.

6. Ability to create flyers, advertising blurbs, and other publicizing materials.

7. Experience in writing and publishing academic work, as well as submitting fellowships or grants.

8. Proficiency with Google Drive, Dropbox, and Excel; experience using video conference software Skype, Google Hangouts or Zoom.

9. Interest in interdisciplinary topics.

10. Ability to work as part of a team.

Primary Contact 

For questions, please contact Elena Kallestinova, PhD, Director of the Graduate Writing Lab at Yale Center for Teaching and Learning.