April 01, 1999 10 min read

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


*Open. Japan.

The United States-Japan Foundation offers grants for the improvement of U.S. K-12 instruction on Japan through teacher training, professional development, intensive study tours in Japan, and curriculum design. The foundation will consider new or existing programs that include some of the following components: leadership development; information on U.S.-Japan relations and contemporary issues in both countries; pedagogical training on the incorporation of international issues into the curriculum; and multimedia teaching tools. Grants last for one year but may be renewed by the foundation. The foundation also supports the improvement of Japanese-language instruction through teacher training and curriculum development. Contact: United States-Japan Foundation, 145 E. 32nd St., 12th Floor, New York, NY 10016; (212) 481-8757; fax (212) 481-8762; e-mail; Web site

Open. Teacher Institute.

The New York Historical Society offers a free institute in August on using cities to teach. The institute features dis cussions, lectures, and field trips through out New York City. Local travel within the city, accommodations, and most meals are included. The program is open to elementary and secondary school teachers of history, humanities, and social studies as well as to librarians and staff developers from independent, public, and parochial schools. Applications are accepted until 30 spots are filled. Contact: L.J. Krizner, New York Historical Society, 2 West 77th St., New York, NY 10024; (212) 873-3400, ext. 281; e-mail

April-May. Opera.

The Metropolitan Opera Guild seeks applicants for Creating Original Opera, a seven-day summer program to help teachers of grades 3-7 use opera and musical theater in the classroom. Tuition, room, board, supplies, and fees are paid by the program, but there is a $190 fee paid by the schools of participating teachers. Deadlines vary by region: South, April 1; Midwest, April 15; Northeast/International, May 1; West, May 15. For more information, contact: Shellie Bransford, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023; (212) 769-7026; Web site

April 30. Graphic Arts.

The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation invites graphic arts educators to submit grant proposals for education projects in the graphic-communications field. Typical programs aim to teach students about graphic arts technology and management. Proposals submitted by April 30 are considered for full funding; proposals for grants of up to $2,500 are accepted on a rolling basis. Contact: Susan Snow, Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation, 1899 Preston White Dr., Reston, VA 20191-4367; (703) 264-7200; fax (703) 620-0994; e-mail

May 1. Mentally Retarded Children.

The Knights of Columbus organization awards Bishop Charles P. Greco Graduate Fellowships for full-time study in a master’s degree program designed to prepare teachers of mentally retarded children. Members of the Knights of Columbus, their immediate families, or the immediate families of deceased members of the Knights are eligible. Applicants submit an autobiographical statement that outlines their interest and experience in working with mentally retarded children, two recommendations from professionals familiar with their work with such children, and undergraduate academic transcripts. Four grants of up to $2,000 are usually awarded. Contact: Committee on Fellowships, Knights of Columbus, P.O. Box 1670, New Haven, CT 06507-0901; (203) 772-2130, ext. 332.

*May 3. Leadership Fellowships.

Phi Delta Kappa and Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation offer the International Graduate Fellowships in Educational Leadership. The one-year fellowships support Phi Delta Kappa members who are full-time graduate students in education. Two doctoral students receive $1,500 each, one graduate student receives $1,000, and one master’s or specialist degree student receives $750. Two $500 fellowships are also awarded based on thesis research or dissertation preparation. Contact: Director of Chapter Programs, Phi Delta Kappa, P.O. Box 789, Bloomington, IN 47402; (812) 339-1156.

*May 21. Contest.

Knowledge Adventure, a developer, publisher, and distributor of multimedia educational software, invites educators to enter the 1999 Knowledge Adventure Success in Schools contest. Five winners each receive a prize of five teacher’s edition Knowledge Adventure software titles. Educators must complete an entry form and write a 200-word essay describing how a Knowledge Adventure software title helped their students learn. The contest is open to elementary, middle, or high school educators as well as parents who school their children at home. For an entry form or more information, contact: Public Relations (JG), Knowledge Adventure, 19840 Pioneer Ave., Torrance, CA 90503; (800) 545-7677; Web site

May 25. Materials Science.

ASM International, a society of metals and materials scientists, will award grants of $500 each to five K-8 teachers. Winners are selected based on two-page original proposals describing curriculum-based, hands-on projects that involve student observation, communication, math and science skills, and awareness of materials. Contact: T.K. Glasgow, ASMI, NASA Lewis Research Center, MS 105-1, 21000 Brookpark Rd., Cleveland, OH 44135; (216) 433-5013; fax (216) 433-3680; e-mail

June 15. Reading And Literacy.

The International Reading Association invites its members enrolled in a doctoral program to apply for the Helen M. Robinson Award, a $500 grant for a student in the early stage of dissertation research on reading or literacy. For more information, contact: International Reading Association, Helen M. Robinson Award, Division of Research and Policy, 800 Barksdale Rd., P.O. Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139; (302) 731-1600, ext. 226; e-mail; Web site

*June 30. Computers.

Wolfram Research Inc., makers of Mathematica , a technical computing software system, announces the High School Grant Program. The program is designed to support the efforts of K-12 teachers worldwide who use Mathematica to develop computer-based classroom materials. Grant recipients get Mathematica training at Wolfram Research’s corporate headquarters in Illinois, copies of Mathematica software for their school’s computer lab, and technical support. The number of grant recipients varies from year to year. Contact: (800) 441-MATH, ext. 703; e-mail; Web site

*July 1. Technology.

Electronic Data Systems, an information-technology company, invites applicants for the EDS Technol ogy Grant program. More than 100 $1,500 grants will be awarded to elementary teachers for projects that use information-technology products and services to improve student learning. Eligible applicants must work at schools within 50 miles of communities where EDS has a presence. For more information, contact: Electronic Data Systems; (888) 607-7566; Web site

*September 1. Music.

The National Music Foundation announces the 1999 American Music Education Initiative to encourage the teaching of American music in schools. K-12 teachers of any subject are invited to submit lesson plans to teach or use American music in their classrooms. Finalists receive grants of $1,000 each to purchase classroom materials or equipment; semifinalists receive grants of $500 each. Contact: Gene Wenner, Education Coordinator, National Music Foundation, 70 Kemble St., Lenox, MA 01240; (413) 637-1800; e-mail


Open. Reading.

Random House Children’s Publishing and First Book, a nonprofit organ ization dedicated to giving disadvantaged children the opportunity to read, have created the Reading Hero Awards to honor reading teachers, tutors, mentors, and volunteers. The award is given six times a year, beginning in September and running through March. Each winner receives $1,000 worth of Random House books and is the guest of honor at a Reading Hero luncheon. Contact: First Book, 1319 F St. N.W., Suite 500, Washington, DC 20004; (202) 393-1222; fax (202) 628-1258.

*May 29. Foreign Language.

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages asks national, state, and regional members to nominate educators for its Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education. Nominees must be K-12 foreign language teachers or administrators with a minimum of five years’ teaching experience; at least half of each year’s assignment must have been in foreign languages. Nominees must also be members of the council with at least three years’ standing. For more information, contact: Phyllis Greenberg, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 6 Executive Plaza, Yonkers, NY 10701-6801; (914) 963-8830, ext. 227; fax (914) 963-1275.

*June 1. Social Studies.

The National Council for the Social Studies seeks nominations for two awards. The Exemplary Research in Social Studies Award recognizes outstanding research inquiry into significant issues in social studies education. The Jean Dresden Grambs Distinguished Career Research Award recognizes research professionals who have made extensive contributions to social studies education. The winner of the Exemplary Research award receives a commemorative gift and a chance to present his or her research at the council’s annual conference. The winner of the Grambs award receives a comprehensive NCSS membership. For more information, contact: Na tional Council for the Social Studies, 3501 Newark St. N.W., Washington, DC 20016; (202) 966-7840, ext. 106; e-mail

*June 30. Biology.

Biological Sciences Curriculum Study, a nonprofit curriculum developer, seeks nominations for its 1999 Teacher of the Year Award. The winner receives $1,000, plus $500 in travel expenses to the 1999 Na tional Association of Biology Teachers Convention in Fort Worth, Texas, and $1,000 to upgrade his or her school’s biology labs. Colleagues, principals, and science supervisors may nominate high school biology teachers who use one of BSCS’s three high school programs and who teach in a manner that em bod ies the BSCS approach to inquiry, conceptual learning, and the nature and methods of science. To nominate a teacher, contact: Byllee Simon, 5415 Mark Dabling Blvd., Col o rado Springs, CO 80918-3842; (719) 531-5167, ext. 106; e-mail

*August 1. Teacher Education.

The Association of Teacher Educators seeks applicants for its Distinguished Dissertation in Teacher Education Award, which honors the author of an outstanding doctoral dissertation related to teacher education. The winner receives a plaque and national recognition. Candidates must have completed their doctoral dissertation within the past two years at a college or university accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. For more information, contact: Veronica Stephen, Eastern Illi nois University, 600 Lincoln Ave., Charleston, IL 61920; (217) 581-7896 or (217) 662-8553; e-mail

*August 1. Teacher Education.

The Association of Teacher Educators seeks applicants for its two Distinguished Research in Teacher Education Awards. Candidates should submit research papers prepared within the past two years. Winners receive a plaque and recognition at the ATE’s national conference. Contact: Ken Pool, 2 College Hill, Western Maryland College, Westminster, MD 21157; (410) 857-2512; fax (410) 857-2515; e-mail

*August 14. Music.

The Harry A. Logan Jr. Foundation announces the 2000 Heidi Castleman Award for Excellence in Chamber Music Teaching, a $1,000 award for an outstanding leader of exceptional chamber music programs for students ages 6-18. For more in formation, contact: Chamber Music America, 305 Seventh Ave., Fifth Floor, New York, NY 10001-6008; (212) 242-2022.