Grants / Fellowships

February 01, 2000 6 min read

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


The Earthwatch Teacher Fellowship offers educators opportunities to participate in two-week expeditions throughout the world during the summer of 2000. 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: Brian Barry, Education Awards Manager, Earthwatch, 680 Mt. Auburn St., Box 9104, Watertown, MA 02272; (800) 776-0188, ext. 118; e-mail;


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 American Councils for International Education, a not-for-profit education, training, and consulting organization, invites U.S. middle and high school teachers of the humanities, social studies, or English as a second language to apply for the New Independent States Awards for Excellence in Teaching. The program seeks to promote innovative English and American studies teaching in Russia’s new independent states. Up to 28 winners participate in a two-week program in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Contact: Karen Hollis, American Councils for International Education, 1766 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036; (202) 833-7522;;


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 aim to 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 Demonstration Projects Grant/Christa McAuliffe Reach for the Stars Award, National Council for the Social Studies, 3501 Newark 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. 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;


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