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The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Fellowships of $10,000 to USA college seniors and graduates who have majored in or have 30 or more college credits in a STEM field (science, technology, engineering, or math). Funding will be provided as a stipend to Fellows to complete a Masters Degree in one of two participating Georgia universities. In exchange for the stipend, the Fellows must commit to a three-year teaching position at a high-need secondary school in Georgia.
The program provides Fellows with this stipend to help offset the cost of tuition and living expenses during a full-time year of master’s study and to help support Fellows in their preparation for teaching, including in-depth classroom experience, in one of several universities and their teacher education programs. Fellows attend classes and complete their clinical year as a cohort with other STEM-oriented Teaching Fellows.
Successful Fellows are eligible for teacher certification at the end of the second summer of full-time master’s coursework. Once certified teachers, Fellows are able to seek employment in a high need school. University partners, provide mentoring and support throughout the three-year Fellowship period. The three-year teaching commitment must be fulfilled at a designated in-state, high-need secondary school.
The Teaching Fellowship includes:
- Admission to a master's degree program at one of two well-established partner universities recruiting for 2019
- Teacher certification in science, mathematics or technology education
- Extensive preparation for teaching in a high-need urban or rural secondary school for one full year prior to becoming the teacher-of-record in a science or math classroom
- A $10,000 stipend (Once Fellows are certified teachers at the end of the first year, they obtain salaried employment in high-need schools.)
- Support and mentoring throughout the three-year teaching commitment
- Support of a cohort of WW Fellows passionate about science and math education
- Lifelong membership in a national network of Woodrow Wilson Fellows who are intellectual leaders
Note: Fellows will need to pay tuition to the applicable partner institution.
Partner Universities (recruiting for 2019):
- Columbus State University
- Mercer University
The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship combines several best practices in teacher preparation by bringing together:
- Immediate impact and ongoing support. Fellows teach in schools with high-need student populations as soon as they begin their master’s study year. As soon as they begin teaching, Fellows will receive mentoring from their universities and experienced teachers and teacher leaders in their schools or districts.
- Highly selective admission. The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship seeks to increase the quality of teaching candidates, not just the quantity. As a prestigious pathway to teaching for gifted undergraduates and accomplished career changers, the Fellowship will bring new talent into teaching, elevate the profession, and provide the preparation and ongoing support needed for success in the classroom.
- Excellent, paid preparation. The Teaching Fellowship offers Fellows a $10,000 stipend to pursue a high-quality master’s degree in teaching. Ideally, the stipend will allow Fellows to offset the cost of tuition, attendance, and living costs.
- Preparation to hit the ground running in teaching. By the time Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellows enter their own classrooms as full-time teachers of record, they have already been in classrooms for one full year. Fellows are learning, observing and teaching during their year of master’s study and, by and large, the hallmark of being a Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellow is the preparation to hit the ground running it offers Fellows.
- A launch pad for a lifetime teaching career. While Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellows make a three-year commitment to teach in high-need schools, we believe that the high-quality preparation and support the Fellowship provides positions Fellows for a sustained and successful career in teaching. The Fellowship is not intended to be a short-term Peace Corps-like experience. Rather, it is designed as a launch pad for teacher development and professional growth that will help shape a new generation of outstanding educators and leaders in high-need classrooms.
- A new approach to teacher education. The Fellowship is more than a scholarship program. It seeks to transform teacher education while preparing future leaders in the teaching profession. The program provides participating universities with new resources to develop model programs that prepare teachers in math- and science-related fields. While there is not one Woodrow Wilson teacher education model, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation is working with hand-selected universities in a broad range of areas: redesigning curricula to improve teacher preparation; creating clinical classroom experiences in schools to help teacher candidates succeed; and assessing candidates’ performance in the classroom. In the long term, this approach may lead to the adoption of more rigorous teacher education standards nationwide.
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The Woodrow Wilson Foundation expects to award up to 12 Fellowships at each of the participating institutions. In addition, the Foundation will select a number of alternates who may be offered the Fellowship if those originally selected choose to decline for any reason.
All of the participating universities will begin coursework in late May or June 2019.
The Fellowship is open to college seniors, graduates, and career changers who:
- Have majored in and/or have 30 or more college-level credits in a STEM field (science, technology, engineering, or math);
- Demonstrate a commitment to the program and its goals;
- Have U.S. citizenship or permanent residency;
- Have attained, or expect to attain by June 30, 2019, a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university or its international equivalent (Note: Undergraduate degrees earned outside the U.S. are accepted if an approved credential evaluator declares the degree equivalent to an earned U.S. bachelor’s degree.);
- A cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale is preferred (Note: Candidates who can demonstrate excellence through other avenues will also be considered. All applications are considered in their entirety and selection is based on merit.)
- Those who already have already earned their teaching certification in one of the STEM secondary education fields are not eligible for the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship.
Webinars will be offered on the following dates:
September 13, 6pm EST - Admissions
September 26, 6pm EST - Selection
October 9, 6pm EST - Mentoring
October 25, 6pm EST - Financing Your Program
November 7, 6pm EST - Admissions
November 27, 6pm EST - Selection
December 13, 6pm EST - Mentoring
January 9, 6pm EST - Admissions
January 22, 6pm EST - Selection
For webinar login information, contact Danielle DiFiore.
Find Webinar Schedule here:
- First 2019 application deadline: October 16, 2018
- Second 2019 application deadline: November 30, 2018
- Final 2019 application deadline: January 31, 2019
Applications are currently available on the Woodrow Wilson application website. Fellows will be selected by late spring 2019, and will begin graduate studies in summer 2019. All applications will be accepted online only, and only through the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. The Teaching Fellowship application has been aligned with graduate admission requirements and will be reviewed at all participating universities. Applicants need not apply separately or submit any supporting documentation to a partner university.
Review Financial Aid Opportunites:
Each of the participating institutions provides financial aid opportunities for graduate students. If an applicant is interested in applying for need-based financial aid from the federal government, they will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Federal government also offers loan forgiveness of up to $17,500 in Federal loans for math and science teachers. See links below for more information.
The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships program also requires candidates to take and submit a score report for the appropriate state-required teaching licensure examination.
Candidates must pass the state-required basic skills teaching licensure examination or demonstrate an exemption. The Foundation strongly encourages applicants to submit passing licensure exam scores or proof of exemption before the established WWTF program application deadlines. Send test scores to Anna Gallos.
Federal Loan Forgiveness:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
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The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
5 Vaughn Drive
Princeton, NJ 08540
For technical issues with the online application system, email Tech Support at:
Questions about your eligibility? Email Anna Gallos, Program Assistant for Fellow Selection (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Other questions that are not answered in the information posted on this site can be directed by email to the Woodrow Wilson Foundation at email@example.com or by calling 609-452-7007 ext. 141.
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