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The d.school teaching fellowship is a 13 month program aimed at developing excellence in the experiential teaching and learning of design thinking as related to critical interdisciplinary challenges. In 2018-2019, the fellowship will be co-hosted with Stanford's Center for Ocean Solutions. 

This year, we're looking for fellows that either have deep experience in design or an expertise in ocean science, policy, or the larger landscape of ecosystem health. This cohort of designer and ocean experts will work together to develop new content, courses, and opportunities at the intersection of design and the oceans. 

Fellows may come from either inside or outside the Stanford community. A master's degree and some work experience is required. We're looking for individuals that have excelled in their domain of expertise and are extremely excited about exploring the overlaps between these two disciplines. No prior cross-over experience between design and the oceans is necessary. 

Fellows will be expected to work in small groups as well as individually, and should equally love a high degree of autonomy, as well as continuous collaboration and feedback from peers and the larger community. 


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Applications for 2018-2019 are now closed.

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What type of people are you looking for?

For 2018-2019, we are looking for people that fit either of the following descriptions:

(1) You are a practicing designer or work in a creative role. You have significant experience with design and a desire to mash up and share methods, interact with students, create new formats of learning experience and bring the latest tools, techniques, and trends from the outside world into the d.school learning environment. You are excited to partner with experts in the ocean space to co-create a body of work that does not yet exist in the world, including new approaches to solving ocean problems. 


(2) You are an expert in ocean science or ocean policy. You have significant experience in your discipline and are eager to work with others to explore important problem spaces with a brand new range of tools and techniques. You are keen to co-teach new material in the d.school learning environment. You are excited to partner with design experts to co-create a body of work that does not yet exist in the world, including new approaches to solving ocean problems.

We are looking to build a cohort made of equal parts designer and ocean expert. Throughout the fellowship you will work together as one team with shared goals. There will not be differing expectations for folks from each background area.

Individuals that thrive in ambiguous environments will do well in this fellowship. 

Please note, at the d.school and Center for Ocean Solutions we are committed to creating a teaching and learning environment that reflects the Stanford student body, and diversity is important to us. It is a fundamental part of excellence at the d.school. A diverse community asks unexpected questions and contributes divergent insights, pushing the forefront of knowledge further and faster. Diversity may include categories of culture, socioeconomic background, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disabilities, religion, and life experience.

What is required to apply?

(1) Master's degree or higher and work experience outside of school. Please submit a traditional or non-traditional resume. We invite both U.S. and international applicants.

(2) Significant design experience or ocean science and policy expertise. Please share a portfolio of yourself as a designer or ocean expert. This might include projects you’ve pursued, methods you’ve developed, courses you’ve taught, or personal processes you follow. We're looking to see that you have a sense for you are as a designer or ocean expert. If you are an ocean expert and aren't familiar with making a portfolio, think of it simply as a visual representation of the work you are most proud of. Show us you thought and work processes behind significant projects. The key element here is to be visual but you don't need to learn fancy graphics tools. Use photos, drawings, clippings, or other figures to explain how you have worked to deliver your top achievements. You can build a beautiful portfolio in Keynote or use a ready-made website template.

(3) Answer the following question: What's one ocean-related topic you think is critical to explore in the coming year? Share with us a 1 min (max) video of you explaining this topic and its importance. Why is the d.school and Center for Ocean Solutions fellowship the right place fo pursue this topic? What form would it take? What place do you have in driving this subject forward?

When are applications due?

Applications are due April 8, 2018, 11:59pm.

What can I expect after I submit my application?

The selection process will be as follows:

April 30 - First round notifications

May 7-18 - Second round Skype interviews

May 31 or June 1 (TBD) - In-person interviews (Please hold both full days and plan to be at the d.school. If you are selected for an in-person interview experience, transportation and expenses will be covered for those not located in the Bay Area)

June 8 - Final decisions

Other questions?

Send us an email at fellowships@dschool.stanford.edu


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