Certificate Levels

Lucy Xiaolu Wang displays her CIRTL Scholar certificate

Certificates of accomplishment offered through Future Faculty and Academic Careers distinguish emerging leaders in evidence-based teaching and research mentorship practices among future faculty. These certificates are aligned to the three Core Ideas of the CIRTL Network, and its three nationally aligned levels of accomplishment. For this reason, they are an increasingly recognizable credential to include in your curriculum vita or resumé.

Who Can Participate?

Future Faculty and Academic Careers certificates are open to the entire Cornell community, but aimed at graduate students and postdocs. (Some qualifying activities offered through the CIRTL Network are aimed primarily at graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in STEM fields, including social, behavioral, and economic sciences and STEM education.)


Participants who have achieved CIRTL Associate status are eligible to apply for a $500 stipend to assist with the costs of conducting a Teaching as Research project. This stipend can be used to purchase materials or software or to subsidize further training. Associates can also apply for Travel Grants of up to $500 to pursue outside training opportunities in evidence-based teaching.

Participants who have been recognized as CIRTL Practitioners are prepared to contribute to the scholarly dialogue concerning evidence-based teaching, and Cornell University is committed to helping Practitioners achieve those goals. Practitioners are eligible to apply for Travel Grants of up to $1000 to help present their teaching projects. Additionally, Practitioners can apply for consideration to participate in a CIRTL Network Exchange for fully supported visits to discuss their research and teaching with scholars at other universities. (Contact us to learn more.)

CIRTL Scholars are models for other future faculty. In addition to Practitioner-level benefits, funding opportunities are available to Scholars who undertake a leadership role within the Future Faculty and Academic Careers learning community. Scholars who wish to mentor other participants and serve as ambassadors for the CIRTL ideals among their peers are eligible for semester-long appointments conferring a small stipend.


Future Faculty and Academic Careers staff review certificate applications on a quarterly basis. Deadlines for each quarter are January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1. All applications received on or before that date will be reviewed within two weeks of the end of that quarter. Applicants will be ed via email if their application has been approved or if the application requires further documentation. Certificates and letters of commendation will be mailed to awardees for inclusion in a professional portfolio.

Learn more

Graduate students and postdocs who would like more information about pursuing a Future Faculty and Academic Careers Certificate should fill out the Interest Form and office staff will help with the application process and next steps. The form includes an option to book an online consultation.