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The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships

Fellowships to USA College Students and Graduates to Complete
a Master's Degree in STEM Teaching at a Pennsylvania University

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Fellowships to USA college students and graduates to complete a Master's degree in STEM education at eligible universities. Participants will receive a stipend to cover living expenses and tuition, and must commit to teaching at underserved schools in Pennsylvania upon completion of their degree.

The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship offers recent graduates and career changers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) a stipend to complete a specially designed, cutting-edge master’s degree program, in exchange for a commitment to three years of teaching at high-need secondary urban or rural schools. 

The program provides Fellows with a $32,000 stipend to help offset the cost of tuition and living expenses during a year of full-time master’s study and to help support Fellows in their preparation for teaching, including in-depth classroom experience, at one of several partner universities and their teacher education programs. Fellows attend classes and complete their clinical year as a cohort with other STEM Teaching Fellows.

Pennsylvania partner universities include:

  • Duquesne University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • West Chester University

The Teaching Fellowship includes:

  • Admission to a master's degree program at a partner university
  • Preparation for 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
  • Generous financial stipend, with tuition arrangements varying by campus. (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

As part of their commitment to ensuring the success of students in high-need secondary schools, Fellows teach for at least three years in an urban or rural school district. Continuation as a teacher of record is contingent on the Fellow's completing the master's degree and obtaining appropriate teaching licensure.

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GrantWatch ID#: 177323

Estimated Size of Grant:

$32,000 stipend

Term of Contract:

Fellows commit to teaching for three years when they accept the Fellowship. Fellows who do not complete the three-year commitment are expected to return the Fellowship stipend in full.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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 Spring 2020, 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.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Schedule a call with a member of the WW Teaching Fellowship team here:


- January 9, 2020 7pm EST What you need to know
- January 16, 2020 7pm EST WW Teaching Fellowship: The experience
- For webinar login information, contact Martina Abat Tang.

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Application deadlines: October 15, 2019 | December 3, 2019 | January 30, 2020

The application deadline is January 30, 2020. After Jan. 30 applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis as fellowships remain available.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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To send official transcripts and to submit a transcript from a foreign college/university :
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Teaching Fellowships
5 Vaughn Drive
Suite 300
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 (

For webinar login information, contact Danielle DiFiore:

Other questions that are not answered in the information posted on this site can be directed by email to the Woodrow Wilson Foundation at or by calling 609-452-7007 ext. 141.

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