January 01, 2000 9 min read

Following are application deadlines for grants and fellowships available to individuals and schools. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.


The National Air and Space Museum offers one-year fellowships to promote study of the history of aviation and space flight. The A. Verville Fellowship awards $35,000 for the analysis of major trends, developments, and accomplishments in aviation or space studies. The Ramsey Fellowship in Naval Aviation History provides $40,000 for the study of the history of aviation at sea and in naval service. For more information, contact: Fellowship Coordinator, National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC 20560-0312.


The Children’s Literature Association sponsors the Children’s Literature Association Research Fellowships and Scholarships. As many as four fellowships of between $250 and $1,000 are awarded to association members for proposals of literary criticism or original scholarship that will eventually be published. Critical or original work exploring fantasy or science fiction for youngsters will be considered for the Margaret P. Esmonde Memorial Scholarship. Scholarships awarded depend on the number of applicants. Contact: Scholarship Committee, Children’s Literature Association, P.O. Box 138, Battle Creek, MI 49016-0138; (616) 965-8180; fax (616) 965-3568; e-mail;


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 $73,141. Teachers who are U.S. citizens are eligible. For more information, 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;


The American Association of School Librarians and the Highsmith Co. sponsor the AASL/Highsmith Research Grant. This grant supports 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. For more information, contact: AASL, 50 E. Huron St., Chi cago, IL 60611-2795; (800) 545-2433, ext. 4384; e-mail;


The Wright Center at Tufts University offers fellowships for science teachers. The program is open to teachers of grades 6-12 with a minimum of five years of teaching experi ence and a record of improving their school’s science program. Fellows spend an academic year at Tufts’ main campus in Medford, Mass., where they work to further develop their teaching style and share their ideas with colleagues. They receive a $35,000 stipend, up to $500 for books and other equipment, and up to $2,000 for relocation costs. The number of fellows chosen depends upon available funding. Contact: Wright Center, Tufts University, 4 Colby St., Medford, MA 02155; (617) 627-5394; e-mail;


Inspiration Software Inc. announces its second Inspired Teacher Scholarship for Visual Learning contest. Ten K-12 teachers who promote visual learning and the meaningful use of technology in the classroom are awarded $500 each in support of ongoing professional development in educational technology. Contact: Inspiration Software Inc., 7412 S.W. Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy., Suite 102, Portland, OR 97225-2167;


The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation awards fellowships for graduate study of the U.S. Constitution. Outstanding high school teachers of American history, American government, and social studies are eligible, as are college sen iors and graduate students planning teaching careers in those subjects. The foundation selects one fellow from each state to receive up to $24,000 to help pay for graduate study leading to a master’s degree in history, political science, or education. Both full- and part-time fellowships are available. For more information, contact: James Madison Fellowship Program, P.O. Box 4030, 2201 North Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52243-4030; (800) 525-6928; e-mail


The Foundation for Exceptional Children offers a small grant to encourage innovative programs for gifted students or students with disabilities. Proposals for the $500 award must be education-related projects designed to provide services to children with disabilities and/or gifted children, parents of disabled children, or unemployed disabled youths. For more information, contact: Minigrant Committee, Foundation for Exceptional Children, 1920 Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191; (703) 264-3507;


The National Foundation for the Improvement of Education announces its Leadership Grants for Educators. The program supports professional development aimed at encouraging collegial work among teachers. Proposals must reflect the ideas described in the NFIE Teachers Take Charge of Their Learning, available on the NFIE Web site. Up to 50 $1,000 grants are awarded. For more information, contact: Lisa Kothari, National Foundation for the Improvement of Education, 1201 16th St. N.W., Suite 416, Washington, DC 20036; (202) 822-7840;


The National Geographic Society Education Foundation offers approximately 30 grants of up to $1,250 each to support innovative geography education. Applicants must have graduated from summer geography institutes held by the National Geographic Society or a state geographic alliance. Grants are awarded based on whether proposed projects support the implementation of the national geography standards, involve teachers and students in hands-on work and field experiences, stimulate community awareness and participation, or encourage teachers’ professional development. For more information, contact: Christopher Shearer, Program Officer, National Geographic Society Education Foundation, 1145 17th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20036-4688;

*March 15 K-8 TEACHERS

Curriculum Associates, a publisher of educational materials, announces several grants for outstanding K-8 teachers. Grants are awarded for proposals that effectively make use of teaching tools such as technology and print. Three educators each receive $1,000, plus a $500 gift certificate for Curriculum Associates materials. For more information, contact: Grant Program Committee Chair, Curriculum Associates Inc., 153 Rangeway Rd., P.O. Box 2001, North Billerica, MA 01862-0901; (800) 225-0248;


The National Council for the Social Studies offers the Grant for the Enhancement of Geographic Literacy. Individuals as well as groups working in school districts, public institutions, or universities may submit a proposal for a program aimed at integrating the study of geography into social studies curriculum. The winning individual or team receives $2,500, a commemorative gift, and national recognition. For more information, contact: Grant for the Enhancement of Geographic Literacy, National Council for the Social Studies, 3501 Newark St. N.W., Washington, DC 20016; (202) 966-7840;


The Fund for the Advancement of Social Studies Education, created by the National Council for the Social Studies, sponsors two grants for social studies teachers. The Demonstration Project awards up to $20,000 to support an innovative project focused on the theme: “Social Studies Standards: Are They Impacting Student Learning?” The $1,000 Christa McAuliffe Reach for the Stars Award supports a project designed by a social studies teacher. NCSS members who are currently teaching are eligible for both grants; winners present their ideas at a national conference. Contact: FASSE Demon stration Projects Grant/Christa McAuliffe Reach for the Stars Award, National Council for the Social Studies, 3501 New ark St. N.W., Washington, DC 20016; (202) 966-7840;


The Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, offers financial assistance to those planning a career in children’s libraries. 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 field for at least one year after graduation and must also join the ALA and the ALSC. For more information, contact: ALSC or the Office for Human Resources Development, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611-2795; (312) 280-4281; e-mail or;


The National Endowment for the Humanities offers the Humanities Focus Grant, designed to support groups of educators working to improve teaching and learning in the humanities. The maximum award is $25,000 and covers the cost of travel, materials, and administration. Schools, colleges, museums, and other nonprofit organizations may apply. For more information, contact: Division of Research and Education Programs, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20506; (202) 606-8380; e-mail;

*April 21 LANGUAGE

The Center for Applied Linguistics seeks applicants for its Richard Tucker Fellowship. The eight-week fellowship in Washington, D.C., pays a $2,400 stipend and travel expenses of up to $1,000. The fellow works on CAL research or another suitable project suggested by the fellow. Applicants must be enrolled in a U.S. or Canadian master’s or doctoral degree program in a field relating to the study of language; they must also have completed the equivalent of at least one year of full-time graduate study. The fellow is selected based on an application that includes a research proposal, two letters of recommendation, graduate school academic transcripts, and a writing sample. Priority is given to proposals focusing on language education or on language issues relating to minorities in the United States or Canada. For more information, contact: Grace Burkart, Center for Applied Linguistics, 4646 40th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20016; e-mail

--Jennifer Pricola