Knowles Teaching Fellowship

The Knowles Teaching Fellowship provides financial support and mentoring for individuals committed to the teaching of science and mathematics at the secondary level.

The Fellowship provides support over five years.

During the first two years of the program, Fellows reflect on and deepen their own math or science knowledge, develop the specialized forms of content knowledge needed for teaching, and use that knowledge to create powerful learning opportunities for students.

In the third and fourth years of the program, Fellows learn increasingly sophisticated ways to examine their teaching, classroom culture and student learning using many kinds of data. Fellows come to understand of the influence of identity on each student’s learning and increase their ability to teach in ways that account for students’ varied strengths. The overall goal is for Fellows to understand and improve learning opportunities for all of their students.

In the final year of the program, the focus of inquiry shifts from a Fellow’s classroom to the professional community in which the Fellow works.


The Knowles Teaching Fellowships Program seeks individuals who

  1. have the capacity and determination to commit to teaching as their primary career;
  2. have earned a degree in a major related to the mathematics or science discipline they intend to teach in the last 10 years;
  3. have earned or will earn a valid state teaching credential/certificate/license that enables them to teach mathematics or science in grades 9–12 in the United States; and
  4. be entering their first or second year as teacher of record during the next academic year.*

* For the purpose of eligibility, we consider an applicant’s first year of teaching to be the first year in which they teach full time for the full academic year as the teacher-of-record.


Knowles Fellows may be awarded grants to cover expenses associated with purchasing classroom materials and engaging in professional development. Additionally, Fellows may receive grants to develop and execute leadership activities that have an impact beyond their own classrooms.

Fellows may choose to use approximately half of their allocated funds for annual stipends. These stipends are intended to help Fellows reduce debts they may have incurred and the financial burden teachers often bear—both of which are factors that contribute to sustainability in the profession. Stipends can also be used to support Fellows financially during summer months, allowing them to concentrate on reflecting on the past year, preparing for the coming year and professional development, instead of taking on a part-time job.

The amount allocated to each Fellow for grants and stipends may change on an annual basis.


The application consists of an application form, three essays addressing the criteria for the award, three references, and transcripts.


Applications for the Knowles Teaching Fellowship Program are typically due in late November 25. 


Specific dates and additional information is available on the Knowles website


Class Year

  • Senior
  • Recent Graduate
  • Post-baccalaureate
  • Graduate


  • STEM


  • English


  • Yearlong

Program Type

  • Professional
  • Public Service


  • North America

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