The Chamberlain Project is pleased to welcome applications for the 2020-2021 Retiring Officer Teaching Fellowships (ROTF). Designed in collaboration with several leading colleges and universities including Amherst College, Bowdoin College, Oberlin College, Vassar College, and Wesleyan University, ROTF aims to assist in building relationships and understanding between the United States Armed Services and civilian institutions, to contribute to the richness and diversity of students’ educational experiences, and to facilitate transitions of retiring officers to civilian life. Retiring officers with appropriate academic credentials are invited to apply for teaching fellowships for the 2020-2021 academic year.


Selected fellows will teach two full-credit courses, one in each of the fall and spring terms, at one of the participating institutions. Fellows will also be expected to mentor students, participate in the lives of their host departments or programs, and engage in other campus activities that contribute to the goals of the initiative. Specific details of the engagement, including course offerings, will be subject to agreement with the host school.


Fellowships will run for a total of nine months between August 2020 and June 2021, determined according to the calendar of the host school. Fellows will receive a minimum stipend of $60,000 over the fellowship period and will receive health benefits through the school’s health program. Salary and benefits may exceed these minimums; additional benefits and final compensation details will be in accordance with the host school’s policies as they pertain to similarly-situated faculty members.


Candidates must have retired or plan to retire within the twenty-four months prior to August 1, 2020. Candidates should submit a letter expressing their interest along with a current curriculum vitae. In the letter, applicants should, at a minimum, describe their motivation for applying for the fellowship, include a statement of teaching philosophy, outline at least one of the courses s/he proposes to teach, and describe how s/he anticipates both the content of the course offering and her presence on campus will serve the goals of the initiative.

The curriculum vitae must include educational background, publications, prior teaching experience including course titles, and other relevant experience. Applicants must have a PhD or appropriate terminal degree in their field of study, and must have retired or plan to retire within the twenty-four months prior to August 1, 2020.  Prior teaching experience is not a required qualification.

Please submit completed applications to You may email or call (862) 256-3232 with any questions.


  • Application Form: Cover letter with curriculum vitae

  • Deadline: October 15, 2019

  • Offer Date: No later than February 1, 2020

  • Compensation: Minimum $60,000 plus benefits (exact details will vary by school)

  • Title: Retiring Officer Teaching Fellowship

  • Term: Nine months between August 2020 and June 2021 (exact dates will vary by school)

  • Requirements: PhD or appropriate terminal degree in field of study

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