October 01, 2000 16 min read


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

CyberLearning Universe, a project of the nonprofit National Education Foundation, is offering 5,000 teachers free enrollment for any of its 500 Internet-based online personal and professional computing courses, including PC Basics, Internet Basics, Web Design Basics, Microsoft Office, Windows 2000, and Web Master. To sign up, visit CyberLearning’s Web site and click on “Free IT Training” then “Teacher.” A $75 registration fee is required. For more information, contact: National Education Foundation CyberLearning, 1428 Duke St., Alexandria, VA 22134; (703) 821-2100; fax (703) 821-2161;;

The Texaco Foundation supports early childhood education in public schools through music and science grants for pre-K through 2nd grade. Its Early Notes grant program promotes school-based projects that integrate music into curriculum. Applications must include a proposal detailing the project’s goals and outlining who it will serve and the roles of collaborating partners. The Touch Science program supports school partnerships with museums, aquariums, and other institutions that promote interactive learning, exploration, and discovery. Applications should include a summary of the project along with its history, recent annual report, operating budget, and corporate support. Both grants award from $25,000 to $100,000 for one, two, or three years. Grants are awarded nationwide, but organizations located near Texaco facilities in the following areas receive special consideration, especially if the projects involve Texaco employees: Westchester County, New York; Midland, Texas; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Bakersfield, California; New Orleans; Houston; and Washington, D.C. Contact: Early Notes or Touch Science Program, Texaco Foundation, 2000 Westchester Ave., White Plains, NY 10650;

October 1 ART
The foundation of the National Art Education Association invites applications for its grant programs. The Teacher Incentive Program awards up to $1,000 for proposals to promote art teaching. The Mary McMullan Fund awards up to $1,000 for development of curriculum models and pilot projects to promote arts education. The NAEA Research Fund awards up to $5,000 for proposed research in arts education. The Ruth Halvorsen Professional Development Fund awards up to $1,000 for proposals focusing on the goals for student learning outlined in the NAEA’s visual arts standards. And the NAEA Research Commission’s Student Learning in Secondary Art Education Grant awards between $3,000 and $20,000 to research proposals focusing on student learning in secondary art education. Grants are available only to NAEA members with one year’s standing; applicants submit proposals of five or fewer pages and a written statement describing anticipated benefits of the program. For more information, contact: Donnamarie Gilbert, National Art Education Foundation, 1916 Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191-1590; (703) 860-8000; e-mail;

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 in Japanese studies. The programs are designed to facilitate research, improve the quality of teaching about Japan, and integrate the study of Japan into the major disciplines. Grants are available for instructional materials, seminars on teaching about Japan, and Japan-related speakers and panels at national conventions of major disciplines. For more information, contact: Northeast Asia Council Grants, Association for Asian Studies, 1021 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104; (734) 665-2490; fax (734) 665-3801; e-mail;

The Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies, in conjunction with the Korea Foundation, offers grants for instructional materials, workshops and conferences, projects that enhance Korean studies, and Korea-related speakers and panels. For more information, contact: Northeast Asia Council Grants, Association for Asian Studies, 1021 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104; (734) 665-2490; fax (734) 665-3801; e-mail;

October 2 SCIENCE
The Toshiba America Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports math and science education, offers grants to K-6 science, mathematics, and technology teachers. Seventy-five grants of $1,000 each are awarded for proposals that aim to provide direct benefits to students and include teacher-led, classroom-based experiences. Public and private schools, local education agencies, and youth organizations may apply. For more information, contact: Toshiba America Foundation, 1251 Avenue of the Americas, 41st Floor, New York, NY 10020; (212) 588-0820; e-mail;

The Wall Street Journal and the Employment Management Association Foundation, which funds projects to enhance work force quality, sponsor the School/Business Partnership Awards. This program encourages elementary and secondary schools to collaborate with businesses on employment issues such as work force preparedness. It awards $5,000 each to up to five school/business partnerships that link curriculum to the workplace. For more information, contact: Rebecca Vecchione, Employment Management Association Foundation, 1800 Duke St., Alexandria, VA 22314-3499; (703) 535-6080; fax (703) 739-0399; e-mail;

The National Endowment for the Humanities seeks grant proposals for the National Education Project, which disseminates information about exemplary humanities programs, furthers the development of new classroom materials, and supports the design of model courses and curriculum. Proposals must have a national focus. Groups of teachers are eligible to receive as much as $250,000 for up to three years. For more information, contact: Division of Education Programs, Room 318, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20506; (202) 606-8380; e-mail;

The National Foundation for the Improvement of Education, an arm of the National Education Association, offers $1,000 Leadership Grants to public school teachers and support staff to improve their skills and provide leadership in their schools or institutions. The proposed professional development must address demonstrated student learning needs and may include in-depth study of an academic subject or new instructional approaches. For more information, contact: National Foundation for the Improvement of Education, 1201 16th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20036-3207; (202) 822-7840;

The American Library Association announces its Grolier National Library Week Grant. The applicant with the best proposal for a public awareness campaign tied to the National Library Week theme, "@ Your Library,” receives $4,000 for the campaign. For more information, contact: Public Information Office, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611; (800) 545-2433, ext. 5044; e-mail;

The International Reading Association offers various grants and fellowships. The Jeanne S. Chall Research Fellowship is a $6,000 grant to support research in beginning reading, readability, reading difficulty, stages of reading development, the relation of vocabulary to reading, and diagnosing and teaching adults with limited reading ability. The Teacher as Researcher Grant program supports teachers in their study of literacy and instruction; grants of up to $5,000 are awarded, although priority is given to smaller requests of $1,000 to $2,000. Elva Knight Research Grants of up to $5,000 each are awarded to IRA members for proposed research that addresses new and significant questions in literacy and reading. The Nila Banton Smith Research Dissemination Support Grant provides an IRA member with up to $5,000 for a research-dissemination activity. For more information, contact: Gail Keating, Division of Research and Policy, International Reading Association, 800 Barksdale Rd., P.O. Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139; (302) 731-1600, ext. 226; fax (302) 731-1057; e-mail;

The Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provides opportunities for teachers and administrators at K-12 schools and two-year colleges to exchange positions with teachers from another country. U.S. citizens who are fluent in English and have a bachelor’s degree and three years of full-time teaching experience are eligible. Participating countries are Argentina, Benin, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, the Republic of Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Romania, Senegal, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe. For more information, contact: Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program, 600 Maryland Ave. S.W., Suite 320, Washington, DC 20024-2520; (800) 726-0479 or (202) 314-3527; e-mail; r/fulbright.cfm.

The University of Louisville is seeking applications for the Grawemeyer Award in Education. Created to support ideas for improving education, the award is paid in five annual installments of $40,000. Applicants submit their books, technology projects, program initiatives, or other proposals. For more information, contact: University of Louisville, Grawemeyer Award in Education, School of Education, Louisville, KY 40292-0001; (502) 852-3235; rawemeyer.

The American Association of School Librarians, a division of the American Library Association, announces the ICPrize for Collaboration Through Technology. Teams of school library media specialists and classroom teachers apply for $1,000 grants for travel to a state or national conference or for the purchase of technology. Media specialists must be personal members of AASL/ALA. Up to five prizes are awarded based on the creativity, clarity, and completeness of the proposal and on the effective use of Internet resources in development of a curriculum unit. For more information, contact: ICONnect, American Association of School Librarians, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611; (800) 545-2433, ext. 4389; e-mail;

*November 1 LEADERSHIP
The New Leaders Academy, a one-year professional leadership and management fellowship program sponsored by the National Youth Employment Coalition and funded by Wallace-Reader’s Digest Funds and Texaco Inc., seeks applicants for its class of 2001. Candidates should be youth employment/youth development professionals who have demonstrated a commitment to young people, have at least five years of experience working with youth ages 14-25, and are expected to advance in their organization. Up to 30 fellows are selected to participate in two weeklong training sessions and complete group projects and individual work throughout the year. The grant covers program expenses, but the fellows’ employers pay travel expenses to each training session. Contact: Mindy Larson, Program Associate, NYEC, New Leaders Academy, 1836 Jefferson Place N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202) 659-1064; e-mail;

The Target Teachers Scholarship program recognizes full- and part-time teachers and administrators working 20 hours or more at schools participating in Target’s Take Charge of Education program. The Target Corp. will award two $500 scholarships from each Target store and 96 $1,500 Target district awards to teachers who want to continue their education. Winners are chosen based on their answers to two essay questions. For more information, contact: Target, (800) 316-6142;

The 2000 Gustav Ohaus Awards for Innovations in Science Teaching are given to teachers with innovative ideas for improving science education. Proposals might include new designs in curricula, instructional methods, or program organization and administration. Ohaus Corp., a manufacturer of educational scales, and the National Science Teachers Association sponsor the awards. One $1,000 prize and one $750 prize are given in four categories: elementary school, middle school, high school, and college. For more information, contact: National Science Teachers Association-Ohaus Awards Program, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201-3000; (888) 400-NSTA or (703) 243-7100;

The American Association of University Women offers grants to female graduate students. Scholars completing dissertations or seeking funds for postdoctoral work are eligible for the American Fellowship, a $27,000 award given to an outstanding candidate whose work or research helps women and girls. Eighteen Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships provide one year of support for doctoral candidates in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Fifty-one Dissertation Fellowships of $15,000 each are awarded to women in their final year of a doctoral program; special consideration is given to scholars writing about gender issues. Six Publication Grants of $5,500 each help women preparing research for publication. For more information, contact: AAUW Educational Foundation, Customer Service Center, 2201 N. Dodge St., Dept. 60, Iowa City, IA 52243-4030; (319) 337-1716, ext. 60;

The National Academy of Education seeks applicants for the 2001-02 Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowships for teachers’ research on improving education. Individuals who hold a doctorate or equivalent degree in behavioral or social sciences, the humanities, or education may apply. The degree must have been earned between January 1, 1995, and December 31, 2000. As many as 30 fellows are selected. Full-time fellows receive $50,000 for one year; part-time fellows receive $25,000 annually for two years. For more information, contact: NAE, New York University, School of Education, 726 Broadway, Fifth Floor, New York, NY 10003-9580; (212) 998-9035; e-mail;

The Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, seeks applicants for its Baker and Taylor/YALSA Conference Grants. Two librarians who work directly with young adults in either a public or school library receive grants of $1,000 each to attend the American Library Association annual conference in Chicago. Applicants must be YALSA members who have from one to 10 years of experience working with teenagers and who have never attended the annual ALA conference. Contact: Baker and Taylor/YALSA Conference Grants, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611; (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390; fax (312) 664-7459; e-mail;

The Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, seeks applicants for its Book Wholesalers Inc./YALSA Collection Development Grants. YALSA members working with students ages 12-18 in a public library are eligible to win one of two $1,000 grants for library resources. For more information, contact: BWI/YALSA Collection Development Grant, ALA, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611; (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390; fax (312) 664-7459; e-mail;

The Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, offers the Frances Henne/YALSA/Voice of Youth Advocates Research Grant. The $500 grant is seed money for small-scale projects that promote research relating to library services for young adults. Members of YALSA are eligible. For more information, contact: Henne/YALSA/VOYA Research Grant, YALSA Office, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611; (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390; fax (312) 664-7459; e-mail;

*December 4 WOMEN’S SPORTS
The Women’s Sports Foundation offers Tampax Grants to middle and high school sports programs for girls ages 9-18. The $1,000 grants are designed to boost the quality of women’s sports programs. For more information, contact: Tampax Grants for Girls Sports Program, Women’s Sports Foundation, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, NY 11554; (800) 227-3988;

The Mathematics Education Trust of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics funds special projects that enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics. Applications are available for the following programs: Clarence Olander Grants for In-Service Training, Dale Seymour Scholarships for K-12 Teachers, E. Glenadine Gibb Grants for Implementing the NCTM Standards, Edward G. Begle Award for Classroom-Based Research, Ernest Duncan Grants for K-6 Teachers, Future Leaders Annual Meeting Support Project for K-12 Teachers, Mary Dolciani Grants for Grade 7-12 Teachers, and Theoni Pappas Incentive Grants for Grade 9-12 Teachers. Prizes range from $1,000 to $10,000; application requirements and judging criteria vary for each award. For more information, contact: NCTM’s Mathematics Education Trust, Infocentral Department, 1906 Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191-9988; (703) 620-9840, ext. 2113; e-mail;

Merrill Lynch Forum—a think tank established to investigate global issues of technology, economics, and international relations–challenges Ph.D.s in the sciences, liberal arts, and engineering to examine the real-world applications of their research. Those who have successfully defended their dissertations between January 1, 1998, and December 15, 2000, may apply; individuals pursuing degrees in schools of business, law, or journalism are not eligible. The winning proposal earns a prize of $50,000; in addition, two second-place grants of $20,000 each, three third-place grants of $10,000 each, and six distinguished proposal grants of $5,000 each are awarded. The university departments of the top six winners also receive a $5,000 Innovation Grant. For more information, contact: the Merrill Lynch Forum, Innovation Grants Competition, c/o Katia Mujica, Communications and Public Affairs, Merrill Lynch, 2 World Trade Center, Sixth Floor, New York, NY 10080-6106; e-mail;

Fermilab announces its Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Teacher Fellowship. The fellow works at Fermilab in Batavia, Ill., for up to 12 months and develops curriculum material while researching particle physics. Graduate credit of up to nine semester hours is available, and the fellow receives a $550 stipend each week. Candidates must be full-time teachers of science or technology in grades 7-12 and must return to teaching for at least two years after the fellowship. Contact: Ron Ray, Fermilab Teacher Fellowship, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, MS 231, P.O. Box 500, Batavia, IL 60510-0500; (630) 840-8090; e-mail

—Mesha Williams