November 01, 2000 16 min read

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


The Texaco Foundation supports early childhood education in public schools through music and science grants for preK 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;


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 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 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. Contact: BWI/YALSA Collection Development Grant, 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, 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, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611; (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390; fax (312) 664-7459; e-mail;


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. 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. Contact: NCTM’s MET, 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


The American Association of University Women Educational Foundation awards Eleanor Roosevelt Teacher Fellowships to women who have demonstrated a commitment to gender equity 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 in education and include techniques to boost girls’ self-confidence and academic performance. Fellows meet for a five-day teacher institute in Washington, D.C. Contact: AAUW Educational Foundation, Dept. 60, 2201 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 53343-4030; (319) 337-1716, ext. 60;

*January 10 MATH

K-12 mathematics teachers with at least three years of classroom experience are encouraged to apply for Toyota’s Investment in Mathematics Excellence Grants, which are sponsored in conjunction with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Grants of up to $10,000 each are awarded to develop innovative math instruction. Projects should reflect an active approach to learning and may include after-school activities, innovative use of technology, and partnerships with local business. Contact: Toyota’s Investment in Mathematics Excellence, NCTM’s MET, 1906 Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191-9988; (888) 573-8463; e-mail;


The Institute of International Education announces the Fulbright Memorial Fund Program 2001, which aims to increase understanding between Japan and the United States by exposing American teachers and administrators to the education system and culture of Japan. Funded by the Japanese government, the program sends 600 1st-12th grade teachers to Japan for three weeks of study. For more information, call (888) 527-2636 or go to


The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the telecommunications company, awards 140 Growth Initiative for Teachers Grants to middle and high school educators. Applicants from the same school submit proposals in teams of two: one science teacher and one math teacher. The $15,000 GIFT grant includes $8,000 for a school enrichment program and $3,500 for each teacher to pursue professional development. The yearlong program starts with a week of training in Boston and Washington, D.C. For more information, contact: Verizon Foundation, (800) 315-5010; e-mail;


The National Association for Gifted Children announces the Hollingworth Award Competition, designed to encourage educational and psychological studies to 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: Hollingworth Award Committee, National Association for Gifted Children, 1707 L St. N.W., Suite 550, Washington, DC 20036; (202) 785-4268.


The Esther and Joseph Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University, offers various fellowships for staff at independent schools. Fellowships at the Klingenstein Summer Institute are offered to elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers with two to five years of experience. During their two-week stay, fellows explore teaching styles, educational philosophies, and personal development. Heads of independent schools are eligible for three-and-a-half weeks of intensive study at Teachers College as Visiting Fellows. Both Summer Institute participants and Visiting Fellows receive four graduate credits. Twelve Klingenstein Fellowships are also available to independent K-12 teachers who have at least five years of experience; participants study educational and leadership development for either one semester or one year, also collecting tuition credits. Summer Institute teachers receive housing, Visiting Fellows get hotel accommodations, and Klingenstein fellows earn a stipend. Contact: Carollyn Finegold, Joseph Klingenstein Center, Box 125, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027; (212) 678-3156; e-mail;

*January 20 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 or physical sciences. Grants range up to $10,000; winners also receive an expenses-paid trip to the 2001 NSTA convention in St. Louis. Contact: Toyota Tapestry Grants, c/o NSTA Award Programs, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201-3000; (800) 807-9852; e-mail;


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; or

*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 $73,141. Teachers who are U.S. citizens are eligible. For more information, contact: Jackie Blumenchal, President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, 712 Jackson Pl. N.W., Washington, DC 20503; (202) 395-4522; fax (202) 395-6179;


The Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies, in conjunction with the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, supports a variety of grants 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


The American Association of School Librarians offers grants to library media specialists. The Frances Henne Award, cosponsored by the R.R. Bowker Co., pays travel expenses for a school library media specialist to attend the American Library Association 2001 conference in Indianapolis. Applicants for the $1,250 award must have five or fewer years 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. The AASL/Highsmith Research Grant, supported by the Highsmith Co., supports research on the impact of school library media programs on education. School library media specialists, library educators, and professors of education or library-information science 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. 4383; 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 experience and a record of improving their schools’ science program. Fellows spend an academic year at Tufts’ main campus in Medford, Mass., where they further develop their teaching style and share their ideas with colleagues. They receive a $45,000 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;


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


The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum seeks applicants for the sixth annual Mandel Teacher Fellowship Program. The program is designed to immerse participants in advanced historical and pedagogical issues relating to the Holocaust. Secondary history, social studies, and English teachers are eligible, as well as librarians and media specialists. Candidates must have taught the Holocaust for at least five years in the United States; they must also be active in community and professional organizations. Twenty-five fellows are selected for the expenses-paid, five-day program in August at the museum in Washington, D.C. Contact: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Educational Division, Mandel Teacher Fellowship Program, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. S.W., Washington, DC 20024-2126; (202) 314-7853; fax (202) 314-7888; e-mail;


The Korea Society announces fellowships for study in Korea. As many as 19 American educators will spend June 25-July 13 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, ext. 25; fax (212) 759-7530; e-mail;


Inspiration Software Inc. announces its third Inspired Teacher Scholarship for Visual Learning contest. Twenty 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;


C-SPAN, the cable-television network covering the U.S. Congress, seeks applicants for its Middle and High School Teacher Fellowship Program. The selected fellow will work at C-SPAN in Washington, D.C., for four weeks in the summer to develop high school print, video, and online materials for the network. The fellow receives a $5,500 stipend, $500 in coupons for C-SPAN materials, and $500 for round-trip airfare and travel expenses. For more information, contact: C-SPAN Middle and 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; www.c-