Teacher Fellowships

2023 Teacher Fellow Positions

2023 COSMOS Teacher Fellow Flyer

2023 COSMOS Teacher Fellow Application

2023 COSMOS Teacher Fellow Recruitment Page

The COSMOS UCSD Teacher Fellows program provides an outstanding summer opportunity for local high school teachers. Teachers apply to the program indicating the academic cluster they would like to be considered for. Each cluster is led by a UCSD faculty team.

Program Highlights

  • Applications must be postmarked by February 1, 2023 or until positions are filled.
  • COSMOS 2022 will run from Sunday, July 9th - Friday, August 4th.
  • Stipend: $6,000.00 (full four week participation required)
  • Applications may also be requested by contacting cosmos@ucsd.edu or calling 858-822-4361.

Teacher Fellows serve as the pedagogical bridge between high school student learning and university faculty teaching. They directly participate in all online classroom sessions. Teacher Fellows are trained to teach the COSMOS Science Communication Course curriculum, which teaches students oral and written presentation skills, review and interpretation of scientific research and final group project preparation. Teacher Fellows may consult with faculty on course design, provide supplemental instruction, mentor students and supervise course projects. Teacher Fellows work with motivated high school students, form relationships with university researchers and scientists, have exposure to distinguished guest speakers sharing cutting-edge research and gain access to university resources.

COSMOS Teacher Fellows work schedule (mandatory)

  • TBD, Orientation/Training
  • July 9 - August 4, Monday to Friday, 8am to 4 pm
  • July 9, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Opening Day ceremony
  • August 4, from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, Closing Day
  • Weekly check-ins on Fridays of the program (TBD)

Teacher Fellows who are offered employment will be required to undergo a background check and sign a California's Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) Mandated Reporter Form. Teachers must complete an online "Mandated Reporter" training course prior to the start of the program. 


Read what some of our past UCSD COSMOS Teacher Fellows have to say about the program:

Joseph H.: "Being a teacher fellow with COSMOS gives educators the unique opportunity of working with renowned researchers, university faculty, graduate and undergraduate college students, a hard-working and organized staff, and most importantly, a group of diverse, intelligent, and motivated high school students. My experience gave me insight to the world of STEM education, ideas for my own curriculum, and insight to how to improve my teaching practice."

Shirley M.: "Being a Teacher Fellow has given me ideas to inspire my students with. I have had the opportunity to see first-hand how life-changing COSMOS is for students and highly encourage my own students to apply. It has changed my students' lives - the ones that go to COSMOS and those that are in my classes by my own participation. I continually get new and fresh ideas - every year is different and inspiring!"

My-Nga I.: "COSMOS was the BEST experience I have had in summer professional growth! Although it seems like a contradiction, I learned more during this summer than I've learned in the last few years doing professional growth in my district. The opportunity to work with university professors was remarkable. We shared many stories during the month which gave me a window into what the professor's experience with students I ultimately send to them. The material I learned and can now bring to my students because of the grant brings a whole new level of excitement for me as a teacher. I'm starting to reach out even further to try to bring the material to my classroom. I had no idea there were so many resources out there for molecular biology!"

Brinn B.: "The best summer teaching experience available."




Temporary Lecturer - California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS)


The Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) offers a pre-collegiate academic summer residential program, the California State Summer School in Mathematics and Science (COSMOS). (https://jacobsschool.ucsd.edu/cosmos/about). The primary objective of the COSMOS program is to advance high school students’ interest in math and science through challenging, engaging course work and life in a residential university. The central experience for COSMOS students includes three courses: two science, math, or engineering courses and one science communication course.

The COSMOS Program has multiple opportunities for temporary Teacher Fellow, Instructor, or Co-Instructor positions. Appointments may be for a duration of one to two sessions. https://jacobsschool.ucsd.edu/cosmos/academics/teacher-fellowships

Duties include the following:

*Serve as a pedagogical bridge between high school student learning & university faculty teaching.

*Consult with faculty, research scientists, and graduate students on course design.

*Directly participate in all classroom, laboratory and field trips.

*Collaborate with other Teacher Fellows to design customized Science Communication curriculum

*Assist students in the development of their team research project presentations.

Program: http://jacobsschool.ucsd.edu/cosmos/


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

B.A. or B.S. in a field of math, science, enginnering or a related field, or relevant expertise.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

1+ years experience teaching high school or middle school

Teaching Credentials

Preferred qualifications (required at time of start)

1+ years teaching high school or middle school in a STEM field

California Teaching Credentials


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements

  • 0-3 required (contact information only)

Apply link: https://apol-recruit.ucsd.edu/JPF03552

Help contact: megorman@ucsd.edu


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