Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships

Multiple Locations,
United States
Term: Academic Year

Provide funding and support for STEM majors interested in teaching in high school

The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship seeks to attract talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—into teaching in high-need secondary schools in Pennsylvania. The Fellowship has also prepared over a thousand teachers in Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, and Ohio. Eligible applicants include current undergraduates, recent college graduates, mid-career professionals, and retirees who have majored in, or have extensively studied, one or more of the STEM fields.

The Fellowship also works to change the way top teachers are prepared, partnering with colleges and universities that have agreed to provide Fellows with innovative, year-long classroom experiences, rigorous academic work, and ongoing mentoring.

The Teaching Fellowship includes:

  • admission to a master's degree program at a partner university
  • preparation for teacher certification in science, mathematics or technology education
  • extensive preparation for teaching in a high-need urban or rural secondary school for one full year prior to becoming the teacher-of-record in a science or math classroom
  • generous financial stipend, with tuition arrangements varying by campus. (Once Fellows are certified teachers at the end of the first year, they obtain salaried employment in high-need schools.)
  • support and mentoring throughout the three-year teaching commitment
  • support of a cohort of WW Fellows passionate about science and math education
  • lifelong membership in a national network of Woodrow Wilson Fellows who are intellectual leaders
  • As part of their commitment to ensuring the success of students in high-need secondary schools, Fellows teach for at least three years in an urban or rural school district.

Eligible candidates include current undergraduates, recent college graduates, mid-career professionals, and retirees who have majored in or had careers in STEM fields. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who will have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university upon taking up the fellowship and who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a four-point scale.

Prior teaching experience does not exclude a candidate from eligibility—all applications are considered in their entirety, and selection is based on merit.

Fact Sheet

Columbia Alumna/us, Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Senior, U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident
Fellowship Type:
Experiential, Public Service
Multiple Locations,
United States
Multiple Regions
Academic Year

Dates & Deadlines

Academic Year
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Alternate application deadlines: October, December, January (see website)