Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation: Grants for K-12 Teacher Development and Education Research

OVERVIEW: Since its founding after World War II, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has worked to develop future intellectual leaders and scholars for service in academia and government, as well as support educators’ development. As the name suggests, support mainly comes in the form of fellowships that cover a wide range of academic disciplines.

IP TAKE: The Wilson Foundation is dedicated to building the nation's intellectual capital, both at K-12 and graduate levels. Be sure to check for program-specific guidelines and possible geographic restrictions.

PROFILE: The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation began after World War II as a small fellowship program at Princeton, where President Wilson also served as president of the university. The program provided graduate fellowships designed to attract returning World War II veterans into academia. Today the Woodrow Wilson Foundation continues to support the work of exceptional graduate students, cultivating scholars and intellectuals for leadership in academia, business, and government. The foundation’s various Fellowships fall under a number of categories, including Access & Opportunity, Education, Faculty Development, Religion & Ethics, Teaching Fellowships, American History, and Women & Gender.

Beyond various humanities research opportunities, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation conducts K-12 grantmaking through a variety of fellowships that support teacher development:

The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship “seeks to attract talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—into teaching in high-need secondary schools.” In 2018, this fellowship only accepted applicants from Georgia, but in previous years it also served Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, and Ohio.

The Woodrow Wilson HistoryQuest Fellowship offers professional development for history teachers that “aims to use the power of games, play, and digital tools to transform both teacher practice and student engagement. In the long term, it may also provide a new disciplinary resource for university-based teacher preparation.” This fellowship only accepts nominations from principals and superintendents. It currently serves Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

The Woodrow Wilson MBA Fellowship in Education Research “recruits and prepares outstanding leaders for schools and districts in participating states.” This fellowship only accepts nominations from education leaders and colleagues. It is currently serving Indiana and New Mexico.

The Woodrow Academy of Teaching and Learning is “a new kind of teacher preparation program, one that focuses on real-world outcomes and makes the most of the way learners learn.” This program has no geographical restrictions.

Fellowships typically range from $10,000 to $20,000. Applicants should make sure to review the eligibility requirements of the relevant fellowship, as some only serve certain states or research into particular fields, and some only accept nominations rather than applications.


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