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Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships

Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships

WebsiteEligibilityDeadlinePast Winners Seniors Jan. 31, 2018 See below


The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship seeks to attract talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—into teaching in high-need secondary schools in Georgia and New Jersey. The Fellowship also works to change the way top teachers are prepared, partnering with colleges and universities that have agreed to provide Fellows with innovative, year-long classroom experiences, rigorous academic work, and ongoing mentoring.


The Fellowship is open to applicants who:

  • have majored in and/or have a strong professional background 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 June 30, 2018, a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university or its international equivalent;
  • 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.)

Application Procedure

The Teaching Fellowship application has been aligned with graduate admission requirements and will be reviewed at all participating universities. You do not need to apply separately or submit any supporting documentation to a partner university.

  1. Select your institution(s). Please refer to the detailed information on the Fellowship's university partners to select the institution(s) to which you will apply.
  2. Review financial aid opportunities. Each of the participating institutions provides financial aid opportunities for graduate students. Should you be interested in applying for need-based financial aid from the federal government, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which can be found at The Federal government offers loan forgiveness of up to $17,500 in Federal loans for math and science teachers who 1) meet the highly-qualified teacher status, 2) teach for five consecutive years, and 3) teach for these five years in a low-income school. As a Teaching Fellow, you should easily meet the criteria of being a highly-qualified teacher in a low-income school. For more information, please visit the Federal Loan Forgiveness Website.
  3. Create an online account and apply. After creating an account, you will be taken to your personal profile page where you will be able to return at any time to edit your personal information, change your password, register for events, start and/or complete your application, and submit and/or verify receipt of supplemental items.
  4. Submit supplemental items. In addition to your online application, you must submit a resumé, two letters of recommendations, and official transcripts for each institution attended.
  5. Take the required tests. Every state has different teacher testing requirements and qualifying scores for program admission and licensure. For more information on recommended tests/licensure requirements, click here.

For more information about the application process, click here.

For the 2017 Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships there are three application deadlines: Oct. 17, 2017, Nov. 30, 2017, and Jan. 31, 2018.

 Value of the Award

  • 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
  • a $30,000 stipend, with tuition arrangements varying by campus in Georgia, Indiana, and New Jersey. (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



Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 528
Princeton, NJ 08543

Street Address:
5 Vaughn Drive
Suite 300
Princeton, NJ 08540-6313
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Past Winners


Jay Lietzow
Class of 1983

Ravin Pandey
Class of 2013

Christine Ticknor
Class of 1991


Kevin Landis
Class of 1990
Systems and Controls Engineering

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