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

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 conference 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. Contact: Verizon Foundation, (800) 315-5010; e-mail;

The American Physiological Society encourages science teachers of grades 6- 12 to apply for its Frontiers in Physiology Summer Research Program. As many as 20 teachers are selected to work in the laboratory of an APS researcher for seven to eight weeks. They receive $500 per week for their research, a $250 stipend for developing an inquiry-based classroom lab activity, and $300 for field testing and development of a lab activity. Teachers also receive $850 for travel expenses to the APS annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. Contact: Alta Wallington, Project Coordinator, APS, Frontiers in Physiology, 9650 Rockville Pk., Bethesda, MD 20814-3991; (301) 571-0692; e-mail; www.the-

*January 15 AVIATION
The National Air and Space Museum offers several fellowships. The Guggenheim Fellowship awards $20,000 for pre-doctoral research and $30,000 for postdoctoral research in a three- to 12-month in-residence fellowship to study aviation and space. The A. Verville Fellowship awards $45,000 for a nine- to 12-month analysis of major trends, developments, and accomplishments in aviation or space studies. The Ramsey Fellowship in Naval Aviation History provides $45,000 for a one-year 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 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. 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

The American Association of University Women Educational Foundation sponsors Community Action Grants that support innovative, community-based programs designed to promote education and equity for women and girls. Women may apply as individuals, but community-based nonprofit organizations are also eligible. Grants range from $2,000 to $7,000 for a one-year project or $5,000 to $10,000 for a two-year project. One-year grants provide seed money for a clearly defined activity related to education and equity for women and girls. Two-year individual grants support K-12 girls’ interest and achievement in math, science, and/ or technology; two-year community-based grants support school- community partnerships. Contact: AAUW Educational Foundation, Department 60, 2201 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52243-4030; (800) 326-AAUW; 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: 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 United States-Newly Independent States Awards for Excellence in Teaching, administered by the American Councils for International Education, a not-for-profit education, training, and consulting organization, offers up to 29 teachers of grades 7 and above in all disciplines the chance to participate in a two-week exchange program to one of several Eastern European countries, including Russia and the Ukraine. Participants are selected based on innovation in teaching, interest in NIS foreign language teaching methodology, desire to share experiences and knowledge with NIS colleagues, and commitment to develop and sustain partnerships with NIS colleagues beyond the program period. Contact: Julie Lusher, American Councils for International Education, 1766 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036; (202) 833-7522; e-mail; rograms/minisites/teatimes/index1.htm.

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 programs. Fellows spend an academic year at Tufts’ main campus in Medford, Mass., where they further develop their teaching style and share 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;

*February 2 SCIENCE
The Toshiba America Foundation awards grants for programs and activities that improve K-12 teaching and the learning of science, mathematics, and technology. About 15 grants of $5,000 or more are awarded to projects that aim to provide direct benefits to students and include teacher-led, classroom-based experiences. Contact: Toshiba America Foundation, 1251 Avenue of the Americas, 41st Floor, New York, NY 10020; (212) 588-0820; 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 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;

*February 20 NASA
The National Science Teachers Association seeks applications from K-12 educators of science, mathematics, technology, or geography to participate in a two-week workshop at one of NASA’s centers. Twelve participants observe state-of-the-art research and development, create interdisciplinary and team-teaching strategies, share teaching experiences and ideas with other participants, and learn new ways to implement national standards. NASA provides travel, housing, and meals for participants; graduate credit is also available. Teachers must be U.S. citizens, certified to teach in either a public or private school, and have at least three years of teaching experience. Contact: NSTA, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201-3000; (703) 312-9391; programs or

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship program offers teachers staff positions at various federal agencies or congressional offices in Washington, D.C.-including the Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health-for up to one year. Einstein fellows receive a monthly stipend of $4,500 as well as travel and moving expenses. Applicants are judged on excellence in math, science, and technology; innovation; professional growth and leadership; communication skills; and knowledge of national, state, and local policies that affect education. Eligible teachers must be U.S. citizens, have a minimum of five years’ teaching experience, and be currently employed as full-time public or private school teachers of science, mathematics, or technology. Applicants must be recommended by a current school administrator and two others. For more information, contact: Peter Faletra, (202) 586-6549; e-mail;

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 seniors 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 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52243-4030; (800) 525-6928;

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;

The Earthwatch Teacher Fellowship offers educators opportunities to participate in two-week expeditions throughout the world during the summer. The program is sponsored by more than 40 corporations and administered by Earthwatch, a nonprofit group supporting scientific field research worldwide. Volunteers work side by side with expedition researchers and live in the field. Research is multidisciplinary, from archeology to marine biology, so all full-time K-12 teachers are eligible. Counselors and administrators may also apply. Fellows are eligible for funding to cover part or all of the expenses. For more information, contact: Phoebe Congalton, Education Awards Manager, Earthwatch Institute, Clock Tower Pl., P.O. Box 75, Maynard, MA 01754-0075; (800) 776-0188, ext. 118; e-mail;

—Kate Ryan


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