12 Professional Fellowships for Experienced Teachers

May 08, 2018

If you’re a teacher looking for new opportunities to learn how to enhance your classroom experience, these fellowships are for you! These fellowships offer a diverse range of unique opportunities — such as working in another country, going on scientific expeditions, and full-time positions — for teachers who have several years of teaching experience. Each aims to strengthen teaching ability and to provide networking opportunities with other teachers to exchange ideas. Some of them focus on a specific subject area, and some are for non-US citizens, while others require US citizenship. If one of these catches your eye, be sure to bookmark it to your ProFellow account!

Earthwatch Teach Earth USA Fellowship

Earthwatch Institute offers fully-funded Earthwatch Expeditions for educators. Educators in the U.S. that teach any subject in grades K-12 are eligible to apply for Teach Earth. Fellows have the opportunity to spend 1-2 weeks on an Earthwatch Expedition alongside other teachers and develop their skills and understanding around environmental concerns. Expeditions not only provide an opportunity to participate in hands-on, scientific research alongside the world’s top scientists, but they also provide an opportunity to network with colleagues and collaborate on curriculum development. Expeditions take place in the US, Canada, Ecuador and more.

Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching (DA) Program for U.S. Teachers

Through the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program, U.S. K-12 teachers and international educators can apply for long-term grants (3-6 months for U.S. teachers or 4 months for international teachers) or short-term grants (2-6 weeks) abroad to study at a university, observe classes and complete a project pertaining to their field of educational inquiry during their time abroad. The program is open to teachers from the United States and selected countries in multiple world regions. U.S. teachers have a December deadline for long-term grants, February deadline for short-term grants.

Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad–Bilateral Projects

These summer programs provide short-term study and travel seminars abroad for U.S. educators in the social sciences and humanities for the purpose of improving their understanding and knowledge of the peoples and cultures of other countries. There are different seminars for elementary and middle school teachers, secondary teachers and postsecondary teachers. All seminars include RT airfare, room and board and other trip-related expenses. Teachers with little or no travel experience are encouraged to apply and enhance their curriculum through direct experience. Trips last 1 month and can be in non-western countries around the world.

Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (Fulbright TEA)

The Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) brings outstanding secondary school teachers from around the globe to the United States to further develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge about the United States. TEA consists of a six-week customized academic program including seminars on new teaching methodologies, curriculum development, and instructional technology. Participants also work closely with US teachers in secondary schools while teaching.

Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program

The FLTA Program has aimed to strengthen foreign language instruction at U.S. educational institutions by establishing a native speaker presence in the classroom. The FLTA Program provides an opportunity for young, international teachers from outside the U.S. to refine their teaching skills, increase their English language proficiency and extend their knowledge of the cultures and customs of the U.S. Host institutions in the U.S. provide fellows a financial award great enough to cover room, board and daily living expenses. Application details and grant terms for the Fulbright Program vary by country of citizenship and program.

Math for America Early Career Fellowship

Math for America’s Early Career Fellowship is awarded to K-12 mathematics and science teachers who have fewer than four years’ experience in the classroom. The teachers receive mentorship from a MfA Master Teacher and are paid a stipend of $12,000 a year over four years. It is a fellowship for new mathematics and science teachers to provide extensive support to enable early career teachers to grow and thrive in their profession.

Math for America Master Teacher Fellowship

Over the course of the four-year fellowship, MƒA Master Teachers – NYC K-12 public school mathematics and science teachers with more than four years of teaching experience – join a community of exceptional STEM educators. MƒA Master Teachers come together on a regular basis to collaborate and learn from each other. Whether by participating in professional workshops and events, through mentorship of MƒA Early Career Fellows or by developing and facilitating new MƒA courses, Master Teachers continue to grow with fellow teachers, who share a passion for science or mathematics. The fellowship provides $60,000 in stipends over four years.

NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship

The National Education Association (NEA) Foundation Global Learning Fellowship offers educators 12 months of professional development opportunities to support educators as they cultivate global competence skills and build global lesson plans that are shared with educators around the world. Over the course of one year, Fellows participate in online coursework, a fall professional development workshop and a 9-day summer field study excursion. The NEA Foundation covers all costs for meals, lodging, travel, and professional development activities. Active NEA members who are current K-12 classroom teachers are eligible.

School Ambassador Fellowships

The School Ambassador Fellowship is a paid position that supports the U.S. Department of Education’s mission by employing a cadre of outstanding educators to contribute their classroom and school expertise to the national education dialogue and in turn facilitate discussions with educators across the country. The program offers two separate year-long tracks: the Washington Fellowship, which is a full-time appointment where teachers, principals, and other school staff members are based in residence at the Department’s Headquarters in Washington, DC. The Campus Fellowship enables educators to collaborate with the Department on a part-time basis while maintaining their regular school responsibilities in their home communities.

Teachers Guild Fellowship

The Guild is a professional community that activates teachers’ creativity to solve the biggest challenges in education today. Throughout the one year fellowship, you’ll design an innovative solution, share it across your school or district, and be a part of a cohort of 10 exceptional educators from across the U.S. who believes in the power of teacher ideas to transform education from the ground up. Include two-day in-person cohort kickoff to grow as a creative leader at IDEO’s San Francisco offices. Seeking current K-12 U.S. educators with 3+ years of experience; we will prioritize teachers who serve in Title I schools.

Teaching Policy Fellows

The Teaching Policy Fellowship is a highly selective program for teachers interested in having a voice in decisions that affect their profession, providing fellows an opportunity to expand their influence without leaving the classroom. Fellows receive extensive training on topics such as policy, advocacy & storytelling. Fellowships are offered in California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Texas. Fellows engage directly with key education stakeholders & policymakers, shaping & advocating for policies that meet the needs of their students. Stipend provided. States have different deadlines: check website.

Turnaround Teacher Teams (T3)

The T3 Initiative is an innovative program to recruit, develop, and support effective, experienced teachers to serve in our lowest-performing schools. T3 teacher leaders play a central role in helping to transform these schools by leading teams of their colleagues.  Application deadlines vary by location. T3 teacher leaders earn a pay differential and serve in leadership roles without having to leave the classroom, and also receive a stipend for the additional time that they work beyond the usual number of school days and for the additional responsibilities they take on. Check website for locations/availability.

Klingenstein Summer Institute for Early Career Teachers

The Klingenstein Summer Institute gathers 75 teachers from around the world for an exploration of teaching styles, educational philosophies, educational issues and personal development. Meeting for two weeks in late June, this intensive program offered in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, is especially designed to make teachers more effective leaders in the classroom and throughout the school. The Klingenstein Summer Institute offers a full fellowship, including tuition for four graduate credits, as well as room and board. Teachers with 2-5 years of full-time head teaching experience are eligible to apply.

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