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Fellowships to USA Early-Career Teachers for Professional Development in High School-Level Mathematics and Science Instruction

Knowles Teaching Fellowship


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Knowles Teacher Initiative
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Important Dates
Deadline: 01/02/24 11:59 PM PST Save

Grant Description
Fellowships to USA early-career teachers to participate in a professional development program to advance their teaching careers in high school-level mathematics and science. Selected fellows will receive stipends and grants, mentoring and coaching, and networking resources, and may receive funding for participation in college courses, teacher workshops, conferences, and internships. Funding is intended for teachers in the disciplines of mathematics, physics, biology, and/or chemistry.

Knowles Teaching Fellowships are explicitly designed to support beginning high school teachers; hence the Foundation is seeking candidates who are committed to working with adolescents and teaching math or science at the high school level.

The Fellowship is designed to meet the needs of beginning teachers by providing the support and resources needed to help them develop into outstanding professional teachers who can become leaders and change agents in the field of education. Knowles seeks Fellowship candidates who have exceptional content knowledge in the area they intend to teach and who also have the capacity and drive to develop the specialized content knowledge needed to carry out the work of teaching. 

Knowles is committed to strengthening the teaching profession by identifying and supporting outstanding teachers who can serve as leaders from within the teaching profession. The Foundation seeks candidates who have the potential to become leaders who serve as agents of educational improvement for students within their classrooms, schools, communities, and the profession.

As part of the five-year Teaching Fellowship, Knowles Teaching Fellows are required to obtain a full-time, high school science or mathematics teaching position, participate in the Knowles community, and adhere to Knowles policy guidelines. 

Teaching Fellows receive financial support in the form of grants or stipends throughout the year. Professional development grants are available to cover the cost of relevant activities, including workshops, mentoring, practitioner inquiry, and Fellow observations. Fellows are also eligible for teaching materials grants. Last, Fellows can apply for leadership grants to pursue efforts that will have a positive impact on education beyond their own classroom. 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for a 2024 Knowles Teaching Fellowship, individuals must:
1. Have the capacity and determination to commit to teaching as their primary career;
2. Have earned a degree in a major related to the mathematics or science discipline they intend to teach between 2014 and September 1, 2024;
3. Have earned or will earn a valid state teaching credential/certificate/license that enables them to teach mathematics or science in grades 9–12 in the United States no earlier than January 1, 2019 and no later than September 1, 2024; and
4. Be entering their first, second or third year as teacher-of-record during the 2024–2025 academic year.*
* For the purpose of eligibility, an applicant’s first year of teaching is considered to be the first year in which they teach full time for the full academic year as the teacher-of-record.

Fellows can teach at any U.S. high school, as long as science or mathematics is at least half of their teaching assignment.

The ideal candidate has a strong background in science and/or mathematics and is committed to teaching physics, chemistry, biology, and/or mathematics to high school students in the United States. An ideal candidate can demonstrate leadership and achievement in past endeavors, has experience with adolescents and/or teaching, and can articulate his/her motivation for becoming a teacher.

Individuals who are not citizens or who hold degrees from outside the United States are eligible for the Knowles Teaching Fellowship. However, they must be committed to teaching science or mathematics in U.S. high schools and possess a valid state teaching credential/certificate/license that enables them to teach grades 9–12 in the United States by September 1, 2024.

Fellowships will only be awarded to individuals who will be certified no later than September 1, 2024.

This Fellowship is not intended to support individuals who are pursuing teaching on a temporary basis, or as a stepping stone to another career.

American schools abroad, high schools in U.S. territories and Department of Defense schools abroad are not considered U.S. high schools for the purpose of the Knowles Teaching Fellowship.

Pre-Application Information
Application Round
Submit one short answer response, resume, unofficial transcript and contact information by one of the application window deadlines:

• Application Window #1
- Apply by 11:59 pm PST on 8/7/23;
- Quarterfinalist Notification by 8/23/23

• Application Window #2
- Apply by 11:59 pm PST on 9/15/23;
- Quarterfinalist Notification by 9/27/23

• Application Window #3
- Apply by 11:59 pm PST on 10/13/23
- Quarterfinalist Notification by 10/25/23

• Application Window #4
- Apply by 11:59 pm PST on 12/1/23
- Quarterfinalist Notification by 12/8/23

• Application Window #5
- Apply by 11:59 pm PST on 1/2/24
- Quarterfinalist Notification by 1/8/24

After a thorough review of the application materials, the quarterfinalists will be invited to submit responses to six short answer questions by 11:59 p.m. PST on January 16, 2024. Semifinalists will be invited to participate in a one-hour individual interview to be conducted via Zoom in February or March 2024. Finalists will be invited to participate in a group interview process via Zoom that will take place on Saturday, April 20, 2024. Find out if you are selected as a 2024 Knowles Teaching Fellow in late May. Seven days to accept or decline.

The Knowles Teacher Initiative requires unofficial transcripts for all post-secondary (i.e., college-level) coursework to be uploaded to the application. Official transcripts will be required for individuals who are selected for the Fellowship.


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Estimated Size of Grant
In total, Fellows are eligible to receive more than $50,000 in financial support of the course of the five-year Fellowship.

Term of Contract
This is a 5-year program.

Contact Information
Apply online:

For questions, please contact

Knowles Teacher Initiative
PO Box 826
Moorestown, New Jersey 08057

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