January 01, 1999 17 min read

Following is a list of application deadlines for grants, fellowships, and honors available to individuals and schools. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.


*January 5. Business And Schools.
The Wall Street Journal and the Employment Management Association Foundation, which funds projects designed to enhance the quality of the workforce, sponsor the School/ Business Partnership Awards. This grant program encourages elementary and secondary schools to collaborate with businesses on employment issues such as workforce preparedness. The program awards $3,000 to each of up to five partnerships that link curriculum to the workplace. Contact: Rebecca Morton, EMA, 1800 Duke St., Alexandria, VA 22314-3499; (703) 535-6080; fax (703) 739-0399;

January 12. Math.
K-12 mathematics teachers are encouraged to apply for Toyota’s Investment in Mathematics Excellence Grants. The program is sponsored in conjunction with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics; 35 grants of up to $10,000 each are awarded to develop innovative approaches to math instruction. Contact: Toyota’s Investment in Mathematics Excellence, c/o National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 1906 Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191-1593; (888) 573-8463; e-mail

January 15. Gender Equity.
The American Association of University Women Educational Foundation awards Eleanor Roosevelt Teacher Fellowships to women teachers who have demonstrated a commitment to equity for girls in the classroom. Applicants must be full-time K-12 public school teachers in the United States; they must also have at least three consecutive years of experience teaching math, science, or technology and plan to continue teaching for three years after the fellowship. Awards range from $1,000 to $9,000 for proposals that address equality issues in education and techniques to boost girls’ self-confidence and academic performance. Fellows also meet for a four-day Teacher Institute in Washington, D.C. Contact: American Association of University Women Educational Foundation, Dept. 174, 2201 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52243-4030; (319) 337-1716, ext. 174.

January 15. Independent Schools.
The Esther A. and Joseph Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University, offers various fellowships for staff at independent schools. Fifty fellowships at the Klingenstein Summer Institute are offered to independent secondary school teachers with two to five years of experience; fellows explore teaching styles, educational philosophies, and personal development. Heads of independent schools are eligible for one month of intensive study at Columbia as Visiting Fellows. Twelve Klingenstein Fellowships also are available to independent school teachers of grades 5-12 who have at least five years of experience; participants study educational and leadership development for either one semester or one year. All fellows receive a tuition stipend. Summer Institute teachers also receive housing, while Program Fellows get stipends and Visiting Fellows receive hotel accommodations. Contact: Carollyn Finegold, Joseph Klingenstein Center, Box 125, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027; (212) 678-3156; e-mail;

January 15. Math And Science Grants.
The Growth Initiative for Teachers Grant is awarded to 60 teacher teams to integrate their school’s science and math curricula using technology. The teams must include one math teacher and one science teacher from the same school. Each team receives $7,000 to implement its plan, and each member receives $2,500 for professional development. The grants are sponsored by the GTE Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the publicly held telecommunications company. Contact: GTE Foundation, (800) 315-5010; e-mail

January 15. Science.
Toyota Motor Sales Inc., in conjunction with the National Science Teachers Association, offers 50 Tapestry Grants for K-12 science teachers to implement innovative student projects in environmental education or the physical sciences. Grant awards range up to $10,000; winners also receive an expenses-paid trip to the 1999 NSTA convention in Boston. Contact: Toyota Tapestry Grants, c/o National Science Teachers Association Award Programs, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201-3000; (800) 807-9852; e-mail;

February 1. Children’s Literature.
The Children’s Literature Association sponsors the Children’s Literature Association Research Fellowships and Scholarships for association members. As many as four fellowships of between $250 and $1,000 are awarded for proposals of literary criticism or original scholarship that will eventually be published. Those interested in exploring fantasy or science fiction for youngsters are eligible for the Margaret P. Esmonde Memorial Scholarship. The number of scholarships awarded depends on the number of applicants. Contact: Scholarship Committee, Children’s Literature Association, P.O. Box 138, Battle Creek, MI 49016-0138.

February 1. Girls’ Achievement.
The American Association of University Women Educational Foundation sponsors Community Action Grants for women to pursue innovative programs and research projects that promote education and equity for women and girls. It offers 40 one-year grants of $2,000 to $7,000 for projects to create a clearly defined educational activity in any academic discipline. Five two-year grants of $5,000 to $10,000 are awarded to projects that focus on girls’ achievement in K-12 math, science, and/or technology. Contact: American Association of University Women Educational Foundation, Customer Service Center, 2201 N. Dodge St., Dept 148, Iowa City, IA 52243-4030; (319) 337-1716, ext. 148.

February 1. Government.
The President’s Commission on White House Fellowships offers up to 19 fellowships for professionals to participate in a one-year educational program in government and leadership. Fellows work as special assistants in Cabinet-level departments and earn a $71,000 salary. Teachers who are U.S. citizens are eligible. Contact: Debrah Moody, President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, 712 Jackson Pl. N.W., Washington, DC 20503; (202) 395-4522; fax (202) 395-6179;

February 1. Humanities.
The Council for Basic Education announces the Humanities Scholars Program, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Seventeen teams of four K-12 classroom teachers are selected for yearlong fellowships; teams work with a scholar of their choice. The four teachers receive $1,400 each, and the scholar is paid $1,500. Three of the four teachers must teach at least half their course load in the humanities. Contact: Susannah Patton or Elsa Little, Council for Basic Education, 1319 F St. N.W., Suite 900, Washington, DC 20004-1152; (202) 347-4171; fax (202) 347-5047; e-mail;

*February 1. Interactive Technology.
The AOL Foundation invites teams of K-12 teachers, school administrators, parents, librarians, and other community leaders to apply for its Interactive Education Initiative grants. Awards of up to $7,500 are given to develop and implement projects aimed at improving student performance through classroom integration of interactive technology. Special consideration is given to proposals that target socioeconomically disadvantaged students. Contact: AOL Foundation, 22000 AOL Way, Dulles, VA 20166; (703) 265-1342; fax (703) 265-2135; e-mail;

*February 1. Japan Studies.
The Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies, in conjunction with the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, supports a variety of grant programs designed to facilitate research, improve the quality of teaching about Japan, and integrate the study of Japan into major academic disciplines. Contact: NEAC Grants, Association for Asian Studies, 1021 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104; (734) 665-2490; fax (734) 665-3801; e-mail

February 1. Library Research.
The American Association of School Librarians and the Highsmith Co. sponsor the 1999 AASL/Highsmith Research Grant. This grant supports model research on the impact of school library media programs on education. School library media specialists, library educators, and professors of library-information science or education are eligible for up to $2,500; if two or more researchers work jointly, as much as $5,000 may be awarded. Contact: American Association of School Librarians, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611-2795; (800) 545-2433, ext. 4384; e-mail;

February 1. Library Scholarship.
The American Association of School Librarians and Information Plus offer the Information Plus Continuing Education Scholarship to a school library media specialist, supervisor, or educator. The $500 grant pays for an AASL member to attend an American Library Association or AASL regional workshop or a workshop run in conjunction with either group’s annual conference. Applicants must be members of the AASL division of the ALA, full-time school library media specialists, or faculty members in a program educating school library media specialists. For more information, contact: Information Plus Scholarship, American Association of School Librarians, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611-2795; (800) 545-2433, ext. 4384;

February 15. Field Research.
The Earthwatch Teacher Fellowship offers educators opportunities to participate in two-week expeditions throughout the world during the summer of 1999. The program is sponsored by more than 40 corporations and administered by Earthwatch, a nonprofit group supporting scientific field research worldwide. Educators work side-by-side with expedition researchers; field research is multidisciplinary, so all full-time teachers are eligible. Counselors and administrators may also apply. Each fellow is eligible for funding to cover part or all of the expedition. For more information, contact: Matt Craig, Education Awards Manager, Earthwatch, 680 Mt. Auburn St., Box 9104, Watertown, MA 02272; (617) 926-8200, ext. 118; e-mail;

February 15. Korean Studies.
The Korea Society announces fellowships for study in Korea. As many as 19 American educators will spend June 24-July 8 in Korea studying Korean history, economics, language, and other topics. K-12 social studies and language arts educators are eligible; administrators, supervisors, mentors, and social studies specialists with at least three years of experience are also eligible. For more information, contact: Yong Jin Choi, Director, Korean Studies Program, Korea Society, 950 Third Ave., 8th Floor, New York, NY 10022; (212) 759-7525; fax (212) 759-7530; e-mail;

February 26. Cable Television.
C-SPAN, the cable-television network covering the U.S. Congress, seeks applicants for its High School Teacher Fellowship Program. The selected fellow will work at C-SPAN’s studios in Washington, D.C., for four weeks next summer to develop high school print, video, and online curriculum materials for the network. The fellow receives a $3,000 stipend, $2,000 for housing costs, $500 in coupons for C-SPAN videos, a trip on the C-SPAN school bus, and round-trip airfare. For more information, contact: 1998 C-SPAN High School Teacher Fellowship Program, C-SPAN, c/o Education Relations, 400 North Capitol St. N.W., Suite 650, Washington, DC 20001; (800) 523-7586.

*March 1. Library Service.
The Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, offers financial assistance to those planning a career in the juvenile-library field. Two $6,000 Bound To Stay Bound Books Scholarships and two $6,000 Frederic G. Melcher Scholarships are awarded. Applicants must have been accepted to, but not yet begun, coursework toward a master’s or other advanced degree in library science. They must commit to work in the juvenile- library field for at least one year after graduation and must also join the ALA and the ALSC. Contact: ALSC, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611-2795; e-mail

*March 2. Rain Forest Workshop.
The Rain Forest Workshops for Educators and Naturalists partner K-12 teachers and school administrators with biodiversity experts, ornithologists, canopy researchers, marine biologists, geographers, and environmental leaders on research projects. A $1,000 scholarship is available through a drawing to attend a summer workshop in Belize, Costa Rica, or the Amazon basin. Contact: Rain Forest Workshops, 801 Devon Pl., Alexandria, VA 22314; (800) 669-6806;

*March 6. Teachers At Sea.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration offers the Teacher at Sea Program. K-12 teachers and college professors work with scientists aboard NOAA vessels and do hydrographic, oceanographic, and fishery research. After the program, teachers submit reports of their work, including lessons based on their experiences; they also prepare an article or presentation. The program is free, but participants pay transportation costs to the ships’ departure points. Contact: Judy Sohl, Coordinator, Teacher at Sea Program, 1801 Fairview Ave. E., Seattle, WA 98102; (206) 553-2633;


January 15. Gifted Children.
The National Association for Gifted Children announces the Hollingworth Award Competition, designed to encourage educational and psychological studies that could benefit gifted and talented students. Educators, organizations, and institutions are eligible to submit proposals. The winner receives $2,000 to support the research. For more information, contact: Sandra Kaplan, Hollingworth Award Committee, National Association for Gifted Children, 1707 L St. N.W., Suite 550, Washington, DC 20036; (202) 785-4268.

January 16. Teacher Of The Year.
The American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, GLENCOE/McGraw-Hill publishers, and the Teacher of the Year Award Endowment Fund sponsor the Teacher of the Year Award. Candidates must be full-time K-12 teachers of family and consumer sciences and must have been members of the AAFCS for the past three years. The winner receives $1,000, plus up to $500 to cover transportation costs to the AAFCS annual meeting in Seattle in June. Contact: American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, 1555 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314-2752; (703) 706-4600.

January 31. Art And Environment.
The Weather Channel and the Polaroid Education Program are sponsoring the Look Up! Challenge Sky Contest. Teachers may enter the contest by submitting a photograph of a sky-awareness bulletin board along with an essay describing its creation and use. The first-place winner receives a television monitor and VCR, curriculum resources, and a Polaroid Photo-Max scanner for the classroom. For more information, call (800) 471-5544;

February 1. Biology.
Prentice Hall, in conjunction with the National Association of Biology Teachers, invites biology teachers of grades 7-12 to apply for its Outstanding Biology Teacher Award. Candidates must have at least three years of experience teaching in public or private schools. Teachers can nominate themselves or their colleagues. Contact: Louise Pittack, Awards Manager, National Association of Biology Teachers, 11250 Roger Bacon Dr., #19, Reston, VA 20190-5202; (703) 471-1134 or (800) 406-0775; e-mail;

February 1. Library Administration.
The American Association of School Librarians and SIRS Inc. offer the $2,000 Distinguished School Administrator’s Award to a school administrator who has developed an exemplary school library media program and improved the library media center as an educational facility. Candidates must be nominated by AASL members. Contact: AASL/SIRS Distinguished School Administrator’s Award, American Association of School Librarians, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611-2795; (800) 545-2433, ext. 4384;

February 1. Library Media.
The American Association of School Librarians and the R.R. Bowker Co. offer the Frances Henne Award to pay travel expenses for a school library media specialist to attend the 1999 American Library Association conference in New Orleans. Applicants must have between one and five years of experience and be members of the AASL division of the ALA; they must also have never attended an ALA annual conference or an AASL national conference. Contact: Frances Henne Award, American Association of School Librarians, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611-2795; (800) 545-2433, ext. 4384;

*February 1. Special Education.
The Glenda B. and Forrest C. Shaklee Institute for Improving Special Education announces its 1999 Shaklee Teacher Awards, which recognize up to 10 outstanding educators of children with disabilities. Entrants must describe their professional competence and their involvement in special education. Selection is based on student performance and teachers’ related contributions. Winners receive $1,000 each and participate in a five-day expenses-paid small-group professional-development workshop conducted by members of the Shaklee Institute. For more information, contact: Kim Soule, (800) 835-1043; e-mail;

*February 5. Aviation.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association announces the Excellence in Aviation Education Award, offered to K-12 teachers who have developed curricula incorporating aviation. Twelve winners are recognized at the National Congress on Aviation and Space Education in April. Each winner also receives $500. Contact: Elizabeth Davis, GAMA, 1400 K St. N.W., Suite 801, Washington, DC 20005-2485; (202) 637-1378.

*February 15. Environment.
The National Association for Humane and Environmental Education is accepting nominations for the 1999 KIND Teacher of the Year Award. The award honors an outstanding K-6 teacher who has consistently included topics advocated by the association in his or her curriculum. The winner receives an award plaque and a free year’s subscription to KIND News for every classroom in his or her school. Contact: NAHEE, P.O. Box 362, East Haddam, CT 06423-0362; (860) 434-8666; e-mail;

*February 28. Children’s Fiction.
Highlights for Children invites anyone interested in writing for children to submit contemporary action and adventure stories for its 20th annual fiction contest. Stories should not exceed 900 words, and they may be considerably shorter for younger children. Three winners receive $1,000 each, and their winning stories appear in the publication. Other contest submissions are considered for purchase by Highlights. Contact: Fiction Contest, Highlights for Children, 803 Church St., Honesdale, PA 18431.

*March 1. Young Writers’ Award.
The Arts Education Policy Review invites authors under the age of 35 to apply for its Young Writers’ Award. Manuscript entries must be 3,000-3,500 words and address K-12 arts education policy; they must not have been previously published. The winner, whose entry appears in the September/October issue of the Review, receives a $500 prize. Contact: Arts Education Policy Review Competitions, Young Writers’ Award, Heldref Publications, 1319 18th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20036-1802; (202) 296-6267; fax (202) 296-5149.

*March 15. Biology.
The National Association of Biology Teachers offers the Outstanding New Biology Teacher Achievement Award, sponsored by Edvotek Inc., a manufacturer of molecular biology products. Biology and life-science teachers of grades 7-12 who have no more than three years of teaching experience are eligible. Candidates must have designed an innovative program or technique. The winner receives a one-year NABT membership and $750 for travel expenses to the annual NABT convention as well as biological supplies and equipment. Teachers can nominate themselves or colleagues. For more information, contact: Louise Pittack, Awards Manager, National Association of Biology Teachers, 11250 Roger Bacon Dr., #19, Reston, VA 20190-5202; (703) 471-1134 or (800) 406-0775.

*March 15. Middle School Biology.
The National Association of Biology Teachers invites teachers of grades 5-8 to apply for its Middle School Teaching Award. Sponsored by Apple Computer Inc., the award recognizes teachers of interdisciplinary science courses who have done an innovative life-science activity or unit. Candidates are judged on their teaching ability, community and school involvement, initiative, and relationships with students. The winner receives a Power Macintosh computer, recognition at the NABT convention, and a one-year NABT membership. Contact: Louise Pittack, Awards Manager, National Association of Biology Teachers, 11250 Roger Bacon Dr., #19, Reston, VA 20190-5202; (703) 471-1134 or (800) 406-0775.