DE Opportunities

The CRES Department offers several funding opportunities for our Designated Emphasis students.  In addition to priority for CRES TAships, the department offers the following employment and grant opportunities:

Critical Pedagogy Fellow Program | Graduate Student Instructor Positions | Research/Travel Grants

*Please note that the following opportunities are only available to declared CRES DE students. To learn more about the requirements for the DE and how to declare, click here.*

CRES Critical Pedagogies Fellow Program [2022 Applications Closed]

The CRES department invites applications for a new opportunity beginning in the 2022-2023 academic year.  The CRES Critical Pedagogies Fellow program will hire three graduate students to mentor and oversee the three peer-to-peer courses, CRES 45, Pilipinx Historical Dialogue, CRES 70B, Black Radical University?, and CRES 70U, (Un)docu Studies.  The Critical Pedagogies Fellows receive two quarters of support: one GSRship followed by one GSIship. The Critical Pedagogies Fellows will form a cohort to support each other while overseeing preparation and delivery of CRES 45, 70B, and 70U.

About CRES Peer-to-Peer Courses
CRES 45, 70B, and 70U are unique student-initiated and student-facilitated courses.  Each course is primarily led by undergraduate student coordinators, emphasizing a horizontal-learning pedagogy, where the “teachers” of the classroom are peers to the students.  

  • CRES 45 is the longest-running, continuous student-facilitated course on campus.  The course examines the history, politics, and cultural expressions of the Pilipinx community, in the Philippines and the diaspora, with an emphasis on Pilipinx and Pilipinx-American activism.

  • CRES 70U will be launched in Winter 2022.  This course aims to deconstruct the common perception of immigration as strictly a Latinx issue in order to develop solidarity among different groups of students and to explore a range of narratives surrounding undocumented status and migration with the aim of empowering us as agents of transformative social change. Legal papers, as a violent affirmation of settler sovereignty, do not capture the complexities of who we are, much less all our relations--to each other, to place, to life worlds. In this class, by exploring those complexities, we strive to create a communal space where we courageously articulate self, community, and relationality in ways that state documents must disavow.

  • CRES 70B will first be offered in Spring 2022. This course emerges from a collaboration with the Black Student Union around Black student organizing and Black liberationist pedagogies. Students will explore and archive histories of Black student organizing on the UC Santa Cruz campus and beyond (locally, nationally, and globally) as well as Black liberationist pedagogy (e.g., decolonial thought in the Third World, freedom schools in the U.S. South, Black Panther Party liberation schools, Black feminist pedagogies).  

In the first quarter (Fall or Winter), the Critical Pedagogies Fellows will hold a GSRship while working with the student coordinators on refining the syllabus, teaching plan, and materials for the course.  The fellows will mentor the coordinators on pedagogical approach.

In the second quarter (Winter or Spring), the Critical Pedagogies Fellows will hold a GSI position and will serve as instructor of record for CRES 45, 70B, or 70U.  The fellows will oversee the courses' delivery, mentor the coordinators, and grade assignments.  

A CRES faculty member will serve as PI and mentor to the Critical Pedagogies Fellow, and instructor of record to the independent studies with the student coordinators in both quarters.

The Critical Pedagogies Fellowship comes with two quarters of salary and in-state tuition remission.  Fellows will also receive a $2,000 grant in their first quarter of appointment to support their research.  GSR salary is determined by the student's home division and whether the student has advanced to candidacy.  Students who are advanced to candidacy will be hired as Teaching Fellows ($9,085) and students who are pre-QE will be hired as Associates In ($8,118) (2021 salary scales).

To apply, please submit the following materials to Taylor Ainslie ( by January 10, 2022.  

  1. Cover letter describing

    • your qualifications for the course to which you're applying

    • how you would approach mentorship for a horizontally-taught course

    • which quarters you are available

  2. CV

  3. Three most recent SETS

Graduate Student Instructor Positions

Summer Session 2022 [Applications Closed]

We are soliciting course proposals for Summer Session 2022 (session one 6/20-7/22) or session 2 (7/25-8/26) for the following courses:

  • CRES 10 and 
  • (2) upper-division electives on a rigorous, popular topic that have the potential to reach a broad audience


  • Master's degree or advancement to candidacy by the time of appointment (i.e. QE date in early spring at the latest). Appointment will be contingent on passing the QE.
  • Good academic standing.
  • Approval of the faculty advisor.
  • Strong teaching record.

For information on GSI pay (rates, dates, and paychecks), please visit Summer Session's webpage

Application Instructions
*Students are required to consult with their faculty advisor before submitting their application. We strongly recommend reviewing the proposed syllabus with your faculty advisor.

To apply, please send Shauntay Larkins ( the following documents in pdf format by Thursday, November 4 at noon:

  1. Cover letter
    1. Discuss interest and qualifications
    2. Discuss your approach to teaching a course in 5 weeks
    3. Indicate availability for summer session 1, 2 or both  (session one 6/20-7/22) or session 2 (7/25-8/26)
  2. Faculty advisor approval (via email)
  3. CV   
  4. Syllabus for proposed course. 
    1. View Summer Session's guidelines for syllabi development. Syllabi are recommended to include:
      1. Relevant learning outcomes
      2. Discussion topics by week with associated readings and/or activities
      3. Summary of assignments
      4. Description of the basis for student evaluation 
    2. View sample syllabi on Summer Session's website. 
    3. View CCI course approval toolbox and policies.

Research/Travel Grants

CRES offers a small amount of funding to CRES DEs conducting CRES-related research or traveling to conferences and presenting CRES-related work. We provide funding up to $250. Priority will be given to students who have not previously been given an award.

Applications for funding will be due Friday, April 21, 2023 at noon for travel through Spring 2023. If attending a conference, you will need to provide your paper abstract and proof of conference acceptance. For DE's conducting research, please be prepared to provide a short (1 page) research proposal/description and budget.  You also need to indicate that you have received no other funding for this travel or research proposal.

Please submit your application for funding here.

Judy Yung Memorial Fund

CRES invites students from all levels (undergraduate and graduate) to apply for funding to support Asian-, Asian diasporic-, Pacific Islander-, and Pacific Islander diasporic-related research geared towards the preservation of oral histories and engagement of local community archives.  This application is open to UCSC undergraduate and graduate students with research interests in oral history and/or community archives. Preference will be given to CRES majors and Black Studies minors and graduate students with a Designated Emphasis in CRES. Learn more here: