Grants & Fellowships

November 01, 2001 11 min read
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Following are application deadlines for grants and fellowships available to individuals and schools. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.


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, 1996, and December 31, 2001. 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. Contact: NAE, New York University, School of Education, 726 Broadway, Fifth Floor, New York, NY 10003-9580; (212) 998-9035; e-mail;

December 1 LIBRARY

The Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, offers a number of grants to its members. Baker and Taylor/YALSA Conference Grants, given to two librarians who work with young adults in either a public or school library, are $1,000 awards to attend the American Library Association annual conference. Applicants must have at least one and fewer than 10 years of experience working with teenagers and have never attended the annual ALA conference. Two $1,000 Book Wholesalers Inc./YALSA Collection Development Grants are available to members working with students ages 12-18 in a public library. The Frances Henne/YALSA/Voice of Youth Advocates Research Grant provides $500 in seed money for small-scale projects that promote research relating to library services for young adults. For more information, contact: YALSA Office, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611; (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390; fax (312) 664-7459; e-mail;


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 for elementary schools, Dale Seymour Scholarships for K-12 teachers, E. Glenadine Gibb Grants for implementing NCTM standards, the Edward G. Begle Grant for classroom-based research, Ernest Duncan Grants for preK-6 teachers, Future Leaders Annual Meeting Support Project Awards for K- 12 teachers, Mary Dolciani Grants for grades 7-12 teachers, Theoni Pappas Incentive Grants for grades 9-12 teachers, John and Stacey Wahl Grants for preK- 8 teachers, and Isabelle P. Rucker Awards for future teachers. Prizes range from $1,000 to $10,000; application requirements and judging criteria vary for each grant. For more information, contact: NCTM’s MET, 1906 Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191-9988; (703) 620-9840, ext. 2113; e-mail;

*December 18 JAPAN STUDIES

The Institute of International Education announces the Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program 2002, 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 and administrators to Japan for three weeks of study. Contact: Institute of International Education, 1400 K St. N.W., Suite 650, Washington, DC 20005-2403; (888) 527-2636; e-mail;


Fermilab announces its Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Teacher Fellowship. The fellow works at Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois, 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 208, P.O. Box 500, Batavia, IL 60510-0500; (630) 840-8090; e- mail


As part of its Leadership for a Changing World awards program, the Ford Foundation seeks nominations of community leaders across the country who are successfully tackling tough social problems. The awards recognize individuals or teams who have worked for at least two years in fields such as economic and community development, human rights, the arts, education, sexual and reproductive health, religion, media, and the environment. Twenty leaders receive $100,000 over two years to advance their work, plus $30,000 for supporting activities. The program includes a major, multi-year research initiative and numerous forums to bring awardees together with other leaders to share experiences, address specific challenges, and explore opportunities for collaboration. Contact: Leadership for a Changing World, Advocacy Institute, 1629 K St. N.W., Suite 200, Washington, DC 20006-1629; (202) 777-7560; e-mail;

*January 9 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. Thirty-five 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 TIME, NCTM, 1906 Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191-9988; (888) 573-8463; 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 of up to $5,000 are given 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; 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 work in the laboratory of a local APS researcher for seven to eight weeks. They receive $500 per week for their research, a $250 stipend for participation in a weeklong workshop, 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 $1,000 for travel expenses to the APS annual meeting in San Diego. Contact: Alta Wallington, Project Manager, APS, Frontiers in Physiology, 9650 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20814- 3991; (301) 571-0692; e-mail educatio@the-; 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. Contact: Collette Williams, Fellowship Coordinator, Room 313, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20560- 0312; e-mail; nnasm/fellow/fellow.htm.


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 one-year projects or $5,000 to $10,000 for two-year projects. One-year grants provide seed money for clearly defined activities related to education and equity for women and girls. Two-year individual grants support K-12 girls’ interest and achievement in math, science, or technology; two-year community-based grants support school- community partnerships. For more information, contact: AAUW Educational Foundation, Department 60, 2201 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52243-4030; (319) 337-1716, ext. 60; e-mail info@ ;


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 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. The Joseph Klingenstein Fellows Program is open to K-12 educators who have a minimum of five years of experience in an independent school that has a nondiscriminatory admissions policy. Twelve full fellowships-including tuition, stipends, and housing allowances-are awarded. Participants study educational and leadership development for either one semester or one year. Fellowships at the Klingenstein Summer Institute are offered to elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers with two to five years of experience. This mid-June program offers full fellowships, paying for four graduate credits, as well as room and board. For more information, contact: Carollyn Finegold, Joseph Klingenstein Center, Box 125, 525 W. 120th St., New York, NY 10027; (212) 678- 3156; fax (212) 678-3254; e-mail crf17@ ;


The International Reading Association offers the Helen M. Robinson Grant to a doctoral student conducting research in reading and literacy. Association members in the early stages of their studies may apply for the $1,000 award. Contact: Research and Policy Division, International Reading Association, 800 Barksdale Rd., P.O. Box 8139, Newark DE 19714-8139; (302) 731-1600, ext. 423; fax (302) 731-1057; ob.html.

*January 15 WILDLIFE

The National Wildlife Federation’s Schoolyard Habitats Program offers 50 “Wild Seed Fund” grants of $250 to assist school communities in the development, maintenance, and continued educational use of habitat-based learning sites on school grounds. Grant recipients commit to certifying their school grounds as official Schoolyard Habitats sites within one year of receiving the award. Contact: Stacy Carr, Schoolyard Habitats Program Coordinator, National Wildlife Federation, 11100 Wildlife Center Dr., Reston, VA 20190-5362; e-mail;

*January 17 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. Large grants are worth up to $10,000; winners also receive expenses-paid trips to the 2002 NSTA convention in San Diego. A minimum of 20 mini-grants of $2,500 each also are awarded. For more information, contact: NSTA/ Toyota Tapestry, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201-3000; (800) 807-9852; e- mail;


The United States-Newly Independent States Awards for Excellence in Teaching, administered by the American Councils for International Education, a nonprofit 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 10 republics of the former Soviet Union, 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 Rotherham, American Councils for International Education, 1766 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036; (202) 833-7522; e- mail; sites/teatimes/index1.htm.

—Kathryn Murray and Sarah Wassner


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