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Fellowships to USA Educators to
Enhance Professional Skills

Jennings Fund for Teachers

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Martha Holden Jennings Foundation

Deadline Date:

01/20/22 5:00 PM CST


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Fellowships of up to $5,000 to USA educators and up to $10,000 to teams to improve professional skills. This program is open to full-time K-12 educators, including curriculum heads, curriculum specialists, classroom teachers, librarians, and media specialists. Proposals should articulate creative, thoughtful activities or projects that demonstrate potential for learning for the teacher, the student, and the school community.

Teachers are most effective, and improve in their practice, when they are problem solvers and innovators, who take risks, learn, reflect, and collaborate. Teachers who pursue Fund for Teachers’ transformational learning experiences catalyze these problem-solving experiences for themselves and students, ultimately changing schools and communities. Fellowship proposals that prioritize teachers seeking solutions to their own, genuine problems of practice will be best aligned to our grant goals. In addition, proposals that have the potential to center students as changemakers for problems in their communities are highly encouraged to apply.

Goals of a Fund for Teachers fellowship are for educators to:

  • Serve as problem solvers and innovators who create solutions to real problems of practice;
  • Reflect on their experience as a learner and transfer the most powerful aspects of their experience to student learning;
  • Integrate their experiences as Fund for Teachers Fellows into their teaching to create more globally minded students who are empowered to take action;
  • And grow as leaders and change makers.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 199165

Estimated Size of Grant:

Individuals may apply for up to $5,000 and teams may apply for up to $10,000 (team members may be from different schools or districts. All members must meet the eligibility)

Term of Contract:

Fellowships should begin after the last day of school in the spring and be completed by the first day of school in the fall, with all fellowship related expenditures made by September 16, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Open to US teachers who live and work in the continental United States and Hawaii.

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- A full-time preK-12th grade teacher who spends at least 50% of your time directly providing instruction to students;
- Applicants must have plans to return to a classroom or teaching environment the year following their fellowship and demonstrate the ability to incorporate what they learn into their teaching; and
- Have at least three years’ experience as a preK-12th grade teacher at the end of the school year
- Student and substitute teaching do not count towards the three-year requirement
- If the applicant has three years’ experience by the time of their fellowship, Fund for Teachers considers them eligible.
- Previous recipients must wait for five years before reapplying.
Teaching staff that do not provide instruction to students for at least 50% of their full-time position are not eligible. One-on-one instructional time does not count toward the 50%-time requirement described above. Administrators, such as principals, may not apply, nor may they act as the partner applicant. Please contact Fund for Teachers if you have specific questions about your eligibility.

Grants are not made to support student travel, the completion of post baccalaureate degrees, university/college credit hours, courses for graduate credit, licensing, or licensure, onsite (or campus) professional development at your school or by the district, compensation for substitutes, stipends and requests that only include classroom supplies, such as books, technology, or other materials. All project eligibility is at the discretion of Fund for Teachers.

Pre-Application Information:

All applicants must apply online between October 1, 2021, and January 20, 2022, with final submission made by 5 pm CST on January 20, 2022.

Application Timeline:
- October 1: Application Opens
- January 20: Application Due
- February - March: Selection Committees Meet
- March 29: Award Notifications Made


Contact Information:

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

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