Education Quick Guide
Description of award: The Math for America Fellowship is a highly selective, five-year program where recent college graduates and mid-career professionals make a commitment to teach math in public secondary schools. The Fellowship includes one year earning a master’s degree in education and four years teaching math and participating in MƒA corps activities and professional development. MƒA Fellows are mathematically sophisticated individuals who are new to teaching and use their talents to make a difference in students’ lives. Successful applicants demonstrate the following qualities:
- Know and love math
- Enjoy interacting with young people
- Possess excellent communication skills
- Able to work with students and have ideas on how to create constructive learning environments
- Take personal responsibility for themselves and their actions
The MƒA Fellowship is available in Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, Utah and Washington, DC.
- Full-tuition scholarship to earn a master’s degree or teacher credentialing program in Mathematics Education up to $100,000 in stipends, in addition to a full-time teacher’s salary
- Membership in a national corps of highly qualified secondary school mathematics teachers
- Mentoring, job search support and ongoing interactive professional development opportunities
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
- Be new to teaching
- Have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited College or University. An applicant's Bachelor's degree must be conferred by June 2010.
- Have completed substantial coursework in mathematics. All of the pre-service training programs require strong quantitative preparation. Site-specific application pages provide full requirements.
- Achieve a competitive score on the ETS Praxis Exams. Site-specific application pages provide full requirements.
Description of award: In the United States, approximately half of all secondary teachers leave the teaching profession within five years. Research on issues of recruitment, retention and induction of secondary science and mathematics teachers indicates that among key challenges facing beginning teachers are a sense of professional isolation and a lack of support and mentoring. The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) Teaching Fellowship program was explicitly designed to meet these needs of beginning high school science and mathematics teachers as they earn a teaching credential and through the early years of their career.
KSTF Teaching Fellowship program seeks to support those who have a degree in a physical science (for example, physics, chemistry or astronomy) or engineering and who want to teach high school physics, physical science, chemistry and/or Earth science. In addition, the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation is recruiting their fourth mathematics-teaching cohort. Those with at least a bachelor's degree in mathematics who want to teach high school mathematics are eligible. The fellowship supports them professionally and financially for up to five years through a teacher preparation program to eligibility for tenure.
Benefits: Teaching fellows receive both financial and professional support for up to five years while enrolled in a teacher credential program and during the first few years of teaching.
- Tuition support for earning your teaching credential
- Monthly stipends while working full time on your teaching credential
- Monthly stipends in the summer for all teaching fellows
- Funds for classroom materials
- Funds to support working with a mentor
- Funds for academic year development, such as travel to conferences or participation in workshops
- Funds to support applying for National Board Certification
- All expense paid 2-day fall and spring meetings with your small groups of teaching fellows in your content area
- All expense paid 3-day summer meetings with all KSTF Teaching and Research Fellows
- Funds to support leadership activities
- Funds for yearly summer professional development activities
- Applicants must have earned or are in the process of earning a degree in science, mathematics or engineering from a recognized institution of higher education. Fellowships are offered for individuals committed to teaching high school mathematics, physical sciences or biological sciences.
- Applicants should have received their most recent content (i.e., science, mathematics or engineering) degree within five years of the start of the fellowship (June 1 of the application year.) An individual who is in the final year of an undergraduate, master's, combined BS with MAT or MEd program or near the completion of a doctoral program in a content area may also be eligible.
- Applicants who have earned a content degree within the last five years and are currently enrolled in a secondary teaching credential program at the time of application, or have completed their secondary credential no earlier than the fall term before the application deadline, are also eligible to apply.
- Applicants must be enrolled or plan to enroll in a recognized teacher education program that leads to a secondary science or mathematics teaching license. At the time of application, applicants do not need to be admitted into a teacher education program. However, successful applicants must be admitted into such a program before the fellowships are awarded in June.
Description of award: The James Madison Fellowships were created to honor Madison's legacy and Madisonian principles by providing support for graduate study that focuses on the Constitution—its history and contemporary relevance to the practices and policies of democratic government.
The Foundation offers two types of fellowships:
The first is the Junior Fellowship, which is awarded to students who are about to complete, or have completed their undergraduate course of study and plan to begin graduate work on a full-time basis. Junior Fellows have two years to complete their degree.
The second fellowship is the Senior Fellowship, which is awarded to teachers who wish to undertake work for a graduate degree on a part-time basis through summer and evening classes. Senior Fellows have up to five years to complete their degree
The fellowships are intended exclusively for graduate study leading to a master’s degree. James Madison Fellows may attend any accredited institution of higher education in the United States. Each individual entering the James Madison Fellowship Program will be expected to pursue and complete a master’s degree in one of the following (listed in order of the Foundation's preference):
- Master of Arts (MA) in American history or in political science (also referred to as "government and politics" or as "government")
- Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) concentrating on either American Constitutional history (in a history department) or American government, political institutions, and political theory (in a political science department)
- Master of Education (MEd) or the Master of Arts or Master of Science in Education with a concentration in American history or American government, political institutions, and political theory
Benefits: The maximum amount of each award is $24,000, prorated over the individual period of study, thus making the James Madison Fellowship the leading award for secondary level teachers undertaking study of the Constitution. Fellowship payments cover the actual costs of tuition, required fees, books, and room and board but cannot exceed $12,000 per academic year. Normally, Fellows receive less than these maximum amounts.
- Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national.
- Be a teacher, or plan to become a teacher, of American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level (grades 7-12).
- Possess a bachelor’s degree or plan to receive a bachelor’s degree no later than August 31 of the year in which you are applying.
- Wait at least three years from the time that any previous graduate degree was awarded before applying for a James Madison Fellowship.
Description of award: To increase the quantity and strengthen the quality of Michigan math, science, and technology teachers, the WKKF-WW Michigan Teaching Fellowship will first be available for students entering graduate programs in June of 2011, offers recent graduates and career changers with at least a 3.0 GPA in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) a stipend of $30,000 to complete a specially designed, cutting-edge master's degree program, in exchange for a commitment to teach for a minimum of three years in high-need secondary urban or rural schools. The program provides Fellows with this stipend to support their preparation for teaching, including in-depth clinical experience in one of six selected Michigan teacher education programs. Once their preparation is complete and Fellows obtain teaching certification, they will be part of a cohort teaching in high-need schools. The schools, along with university partners, will provide mentoring and support throughout the three-year Fellowship period.
- A $30,000 stipend
- Admission to a master’s degree program at one of six participating Michigan universities (GVSU, EMU, WMU, MSU, WSU, and U of M)
- Preparation in a high-need urban or rural secondary school
- Support and mentoring throughout the three-year teaching commitment
- Guidance toward teaching certification
- Lifelong membership in a national network of Woodrow Wilson Fellows who are intellectual leaders
Eligibility: The Fellowship is open to college seniors, graduates, and career changers who:
- 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, 2011, a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university;
- Have majored in and/or have a strong professional background in a STEM field (science, technology, engineering, or math);
- Have achieved a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale (negotiable for applicants from institutions that do not employ a 4.0 GPA scale)
Description of award: The Fulbright Program is designed to give students, artists, and other professional opportunities to pursue graduate study and research in over 100 nations. It is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide.
Full Grant benefits for Study/Research and English Teaching Assistantships include:
- Round-trip transportation to the host country
- Maintenance for the academic year, based on living costs in the host country
- Limited Health Benefits
In addition, Full Grants may include (see relevant Country Summary for details):
- Book and research allowances*
- Mid-term enrichment activities in many countries or world regions
- Full or partial tuition
- Language study programs
- Pre-departure and in-country orientations
- Be U.S. citizens at the time of application. Permanent residents are not eligible.
- Hold a B.A. degree or the equivalent before the start of the grant.
- Applicants who have not earned a B.A. degree or the equivalent, but who have extensive professional study and/or experience in fields in which they wish to pursue a project, may be considered.
- In the creative and performing arts, four years of professional study and/or experience meets the basic eligibility requirement.
- Applicants may hold a J.D. degree at the time of application, but not a doctorate.
- M.D. or medical students or the equivalent (e.g., D.D.S, O.D.) who wish to continue medical or hospital training or to obtain practical clinical experience should apply to IIE. However, M.D.s who have completed formal postgraduate training and propose attachment to a hospital or clinic for independent or collaborative research should apply to the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.
- Be in good health. Grantees will be required to submit a satisfactory Medical Certificate of Health from a physician.
- Have sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country to communicate with the people and to carry out the proposed study. This is especially important for projects in the social sciences and the humanities.
Preference if usually given to an applicant who:
- Has undertaken their higher education primarily at educational institutions in the U.S. Foreign study during the junior year or other periods of undergraduate study that are integral parts of the curricula of American institutions will not be considered a disadvantage.
- Has not resided or studied in the country to which they are applying for more than six months. Duty abroad in the Armed Forces of the United States is not considered disqualifying within the meaning of this section.