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KSTF Teaching Fellowships are intended to support beginning high school science and mathematics teachers in the United States. Fellows are chosen from among individuals who:
- have the capacity and determination to commit to teaching as their primary career;
- have earned a degree in a major related to the mathematics or science discipline they intend to teach no later than September 1, 2018 (this degree should have been earned no more than 10 years ago);
- 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, 2013 and no later than September 1, 2018; and
- will be entering their first or second year as teacher of record during the 2018–2019 academic year.
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The ideal candidate has a strong background in science and/or mathematics, and is committed to teaching science and/or mathematics to high school students in the United States. This Fellowship is not intended to support individuals who are pursuing teaching on a temporary basis, or as a stepping stone to another career. 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. Please refer to the criteria portion of our website for details.
KSTF Teaching Fellowships are NOT awarded based on need (financial or otherwise), but rather on ability and promise.
Prospective applicants interested in teaching both math and science can apply. KSTF Fellows become part of a cohort of teachers focused on developing pedagogical and content knowledge in science or mathematics. During the application process, though, applicants will be evaluated in part on their knowledge of the content area they choose, and their reasons for choosing to teach that subject. As such, it is strongly recommended that applicants choose the content area that most closely aligns with their disciplinary strengths.
Individuals who are not citizens or who hold degrees from outside the United States are eligible for the 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, 2018.
We seek candidates who have current content knowledge relevant to the disciplines they intend to teach and have the capacity and determination to commit to teaching as their career.
Yes. Individuals with no teaching experience are encouraged to apply. The Fellowship is intended to support individuals with strong backgrounds in science and/or mathematics who are early in their careers in the teaching profession.
Regardless of whether an individual recently completed a teacher education program, is currently enrolled in one, or plans to apply for one, Fellowships can only be awarded to individuals who will be certified no later than September 1, 2018.
As long as you earned your teaching certificate or credential no earlier than January 1, 2013, and are entering your first or second year as teacher of record during the 2018-2019 academic year you are eligible to apply.
You must earn a secondary teaching credential by September 1, 2018 to be eligible to apply.
The selection process begins with the submission of an application and all required supplemental materials. All qualified applicants will be invited to participate in a telephone interview, which will take place in January 2018. Finalists will be invited to participate in a personal, face-to-face interview that will be conducted March 2–3, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (all travel expenses to and from the interview are covered by KSTF). For more information, please reference the timeline section of our website.
Fellowship awardees are announced in April each year. They must be available to attend an orientation meeting held May 12–13, 2018 in Moorestown, New Jersey.
No. If you are unable to accept a Teaching Fellowship for any reason, you must reapply the following year if you still meet the eligibility requirements.
Teaching Fellowship Questions
As part of the five-year Teaching Fellowship, KSTF Teaching Fellows are required to: obtain a full-time high-school science or mathematics teaching position, participate in the KSTF community and adhere to KSTF policy guidelines. Fellowship responsibilities will typically require a time commitment of 4-6 hours per month, over and above the time spent in in-person meetings and preparing proposals to submit for benefits.
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 math and science education beyond their own classroom. For more detailed information, please visit the Fellowship section of our website.
KSTF recognizes that teaching is a highly complex and challenging endeavor that takes time and effort to learn to do well. 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.
The Fellowship is designed for individuals who recognize that teaching is an intellectually demanding profession and are committed to being leaders and change agents in education. By contrast, the KSTF Teaching Fellowship is not intended for individuals who are pursuing teaching as a way to strengthen a resume, are taking a break from another career or wish to remain employed while seeking work in other fields. If you are not committed to teaching for at least five years, this Fellowship is not for you.
Aside from receiving financial support, Teaching Fellows are part of a network of like-minded individuals who share a dedication to math and science education, and are grappling with the same issues of teacher preparation and professional growth. Throughout the year, Fellows participate in the KSTF community via online workspaces. At Fall, Spring and Summer Fellows’ Meetings, Fellows are exposed to a variety of resources, curriculum materials, research, and experts in the field.
KSTF assumes that Teaching Fellows, striving to become professional teachers, will engage in a program of ongoing professional development, even after completing a teacher credential program. Teaching Fellows may choose to take coursework at a college or university, attend a workshop for teachers, engage in a research project, or participate in an internship. Professional development activities depend on an individual’s interests and needs and will look different for each Fellow.
KSTF Teaching Fellows are spread throughout the country and are teaching in 39 states, plus the District of Columbia, during the 2016–2017 school year.
You do not have to remain in the same location for all five years of the Fellowship. Many of our Fellows have changed locations between completing a teacher education program and beginning their teaching jobs, or even from one year of teaching to the next. However, you must continue to teach in a U.S. high school.
No. The Fellowship is a professional development and support program for beginning teachers. It does not provide a teaching credential. Fellows are required to participate in a recognized teacher preparation program that leads to obtaining a teaching license in the state where he or she wishes to teach, by Sept. 1 of the year in which the Fellowship would begin.
Fellows are expected to procure their own full-time teaching positions once credentialed. Often, your teacher education program will offer guidance in this process.
Fellows can teach at any U.S. high school, as long as science or mathematics is included in their teaching assignment. 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 KSTF Teaching Fellowship.
Once you are credentialed, you will forfeit the Fellowship, if you are not teaching full-time. However, KSTF will consider a Fellowship suspended for up to one year, if you are actively searching for a teaching position and engaging in another appropriate activity in the teaching field, such as working as a substitute teacher or taking additional coursework.
After completing the fifth year of the Fellowship, Teaching Fellows transition to Senior Fellow status. Senior Fellows are encouraged to remain involved with KSTF in a number of ways, including designing and implementing professional development for KSTF Fellows, attending KSTF meetings and continuing to participate in our online community. Senior Fellows are eligible to receive support while pursuing National Board Certification. Additionally, they are eligible to receive leadership grants that support activities that impact education beyond a teacher’s own classroom. The Senior Fellows Program regularly communicates with Senior Fellows and will suggest ways that they can continue to collaborate with the organization. As the number of Senior Fellows increases, the KSTF Senior Fellows Program will continue to develop and grow.