15 Fellowships for Teachers and Educators

Jan 18, 2018

15 Fellowships for Teachers and Educators

Updated April 2022

Fellowships are a great way for teachers and educators to expand their professional portfolios and diversify their careers. The list below includes funding opportunities for mentorship, travel, training, and professional development.

Are you a teacher? Find the fellowship that speaks to you below, and be sure to bookmark it to your ProFellow account!

1. The Mind Trust Innovation School Fellowship

The Mind Trust seeks talented leaders to launch high-quality, autonomous schools within the largest district in Indianapolis. Innovation School Fellows have the unprecedented opportunity to launch schools that have the freedoms, flexibilities, and autonomies of charter schools and the financial support and services of a district school, including a school building at little to no cost. Each fellow receives one or two years’ salary at up to $100,000 a year, healthcare, and benefits as they develop their school model. The Mind Trust seeks highly effective leaders, teachers, and charter operators with a proven track record of success and an entrepreneurial mindset.

Hear more about this unique fellowship experience directly from Innovation School Fellow Brandon House in his recent interview with ProFellow Founder Dr. Vicki Johnson. 

2. Earthwatch Teach Earth USA Fellowship

Earthwatch Institute offers fully-funded Earthwatch Expeditions for educators in the U.S. who teach any subject in grades K-12. Fellows have the opportunity to spend 1-2 weeks on an Earthwatch Expedition alongside other teachers and develop their skills and understanding of environmental concerns. Expeditions provide the opportunity to participate in hands-on, scientific research alongside the world’s top scientists and collaborate with colleagues on environmental curriculum development.

3. Food Corps

Food Corps members teach children about food and nutrition in the classroom by developing lesson plans and teaching them to students ranging from kindergarten through high school. Food Corps members are placed at host sites across the U.S., and receive a living allowance, Education Award, health insurance, and other benefits.

ProFelllow Tip: Check out our list of other Food Security Fellowships

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

Through the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching 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) to travel abroad to study at a university, observe classes, and complete a project pertaining to their field of educational inquiry. The program is open to teachers from the United States and selected countries in multiple world regions.

5. 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.

6. Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program

The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (Fulbright 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 U.S. teachers in secondary schools while teaching.

7. Ignited Summer Fellowship Program

Ignited (formerly IISME) offers research and industry-based professional development opportunities for K-16 teachers in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Solano Counties. The program places eligible K-16 teachers of all subjects into high-performance work sites for the summer. Teachers work full-time for 8 weeks, complete a project for their sponsors, and are paid a stipend. Teachers also spend approximately 10% of their paid time focusing on how they will transfer their Fellowship experience back to their students.

8. James Madison Graduate Fellowships

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation offers $24,000 James Madison Graduate Fellowships to a select group of individuals desiring to become outstanding secondary-level teachers of the American Constitution. Fellowship applicants compete only against other applicants from the states of their legal residence. Generally, one Fellowship per state is awarded each year.

9. Klingenstein Summer Institute

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 specially 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.

10. 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 of experience in the classroom. The teachers receive mentorship from a MƒA Master Teacher and are paid a stipend. 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.

11. 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.

12. NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship

The 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.

13. Project Kindle Teaching Fellowship

Project Kindle is seeking highly motivated high school teachers who want to engage and inspire their students by leading an Earthwatch Expedition in the coming years. Teachers are prepared with science research and necessary workshops to help organize their students to join an expedition with EarthWatch. Topics include best practices for recruiting students, communicating with parents, seeking scholarship funding, and overcoming additional obstacles. Fellows receive the full cost of their assigned expedition, including meals, accommodations, and on-site transportation. Fellows also receive a travel award grant to offset out-of-pocket travel expenses.

14. School Ambassador Fellowships

The School Ambassador Fellowship is a paid position that seeks outstanding educators to contribute their expertise to the national education dialogue by facilitating 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.

15. Education Pioneers Impact Fellowship

The EP Impact Fellowship is an intensive, 10-month experience that helps turn rising leaders’ skills and passions for social good into new, tangible leadership opportunities. Fellows serve a 10-month placement with a leading education organization. EP recruits and places Impact Fellows in roles in data, analysis, and strategic project management. Through 10 months of workshops and targeted learning opportunities, you’ll focus on growing as a transformational leader for the education sector and the world at large. The 10-month placement offers a $47,500 stipend.

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