The Leonore Annenberg Teaching Fellowship, the equivalent of a national Rhodes Scholarship for teaching, is one of three new Fellowships launched by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation to address fundamental challenges to improving the teacher workforce. Through the Fellowships, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation seeks to improve the rigor of new teacher selection; demonstrate what effective teacher preparation and retention looks like, particularly in high-need schools; and raise the prestige of the profession.
Applicants are eligible if they hold or will hold baccalaureate degrees in arts and sciences fields or related professions, like engineering or finance, and who show a commitment to high-need communities and public schools. College seniors and recent graduates, along with midcareer professionals, are eligible. Applicants must apply for master’s degree programs at one of the participating institutions: Stanford University, University of Virginia, University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Washington.
Once selected as Fellows, the Leonore Annenberg Teaching Fellows become lifelong members of a national network of intellectual leaders. Today’s 20,000 Woodrow Wilson Fellows include 13 Nobel Laureates, 35 MacArthur “genius grant” recipients, 14 Pulitzer Prize winners, two Fields Medalists in mathematics, and many other noted scholars and leaders.
3 years. As part of their commitment to ensuring the success of students in high-need secondary schools, Fellows agree to teach for at least three years in an urban or rural school district.
Approximately 25 fellowships will be awarded. The Fellowship offers a stipend of $30,000 to complete a master’s degree program, in exchange for a commitment to teach for three years in high-need secondary urban or rural schools.