If you are passionate about teaching science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) in the United States, and are dedicated to challenging and supporting all students, the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) Teaching Fellowship could help you succeed in ways you’ve never imagined.
KSTF supports passionate, dedicated teachers to thrive in the profession, lead from the classroom and become change agents in education. The KSTF five-year fellowship, one of the most generous and comprehensive professional development programs for STEM teachers, provides its fellows access to a close, collaborative community of like-minded colleagues.
The application portal for 2014 KSTF Teaching Fellowships is now closed. It will reopen for 2015 Teaching Fellowships on April 14, 2014.
April 30–Oct. 15, 2013
Applications accepted for 2014 Teaching Fellowship
Late Jan. 2014*
Telephone interviews for 2014 semi-finalists
March 7–8, 2014*
Selection interview weekend for 2014 finalists
June 7–8, 2014*
Orientation Meeting for 2014 Teaching Fellows
July 23–26, 2014*
Summer Fellows’ Meeting
* Signifies mandatory participation to be considered for a 2014 Teaching Fellowship.
KSTF Teaching Fellowships are intended to support beginning high school STEM teachers in the United States. Fellows are chosen from among individuals who:
- Are committed to teaching high school STEM in the U.S.
- Have earned or are in the process of earning a degree in a discipline related to the STEM subject(s) they intend to teach
- Have outstanding current content knowledge with a recent degree or education (typically within the last 5–10 years)
- Have the capacity and determination to commit to teaching as their primary career
- Have not previously established a career (typically more than 5–10 years in another field)
- Have recently earned a secondary teaching credential in the U.S. (no earlier than January 1, 2013) or will earn their credential no later than September 1, 2014
If you unsure about your eligibility after reading the selection criteria, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
KSTF Teaching Fellowships are awarded based on the following three selection criteria:
1. The potential to develop the content knowledge needed for teaching.
To meet this requirement, candidates should demonstrate:
- A strong foundation of current content knowledge in the subject(s) they intend to teach, including at least a bachelor’s degree (or the equivalent) in a related discipline.
- The capacity and drive to develop specialized teaching skills. This includes the ability to:
- Present expert concepts to novices
- Anticipate student difficulties
- Build on students’ prior knowledge
Teaching skills are developed over the course of a career, so KSTF does not expect candidates to be master teachers when they apply. Rather, we seek candidates who are challenged and excited by the prospect of learning more about and engaging in the fundamental practices of the discipline (especially those they think they have already mastered).
2. The potential to develop exemplary teaching practices.
KSTF seeks candidates who are committed to working with adolescents and teaching science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) at the high school level. Applicants should understand that teaching is highly complex, intellectually challenging work that requires considerable time and effort to master.
KSTF believes outstanding professional teachers share certain key attributes. They:
- Have the ability to communicate clearly, plan and be flexible, and work productively with diverse individuals
- Are curious about the larger implications of teaching practices and educational policies
- Have a well-developed habit of reflection
- Are willing to share and receive critical feedback from others
- Demonstrate the capacity to learn from both failure and success
Ideal candidates should have previous experience in these areas, as well as the potential to continue developing these skills while teaching.
3. The potential to develop the qualities of a teacher leader.
KSTF is committed to strengthening the teaching profession by identifying and supporting outstanding professional teachers. We’re looking for candidates who have the potential to become leaders and change agents—teachers who advocate for students, their communities, improved educational opportunities and the teaching profession from the classroom.
What makes a teacher leader?
Professionals cultivate leaders from within the profession and generate knowledge about and for their practice. Therefore, teacher leaders are outstanding teachers who have the curiosity and drive to work with others to understand and improve teaching practices in ever-wider circles of influence.
- Understand the power of collaboration
- Recognize the need to learn from and with others
- Can work as part of a team
- Know how to lead by leveraging the strengths of team members
KSTF seeks candidates with a capacity for collaborative leadership based on past experiences, as well as the potential to continue developing as leaders in and from the classroom.
All applications for the KSTF Teaching Fellowship must be submitted online. The application requires the following components:
- Your name, current mailing address, telephone number, e-mail, and how you found out about KSTF.
- A current resume or curriculum vitae (uploaded in PDF format)
- Three essays discussing how you meet the three criteria (600 words max. per essay). A strong essay will provide evidence of how you meet the criteria, be reflective, be grounded in your personal experiences, and allow us to get to know you as an individual and a prospective teacher. We recommend that you avoid abstract platitudes about teaching and education, jargon or citing educational theories without personal reflection.
Letters of Recommendation
In the online application, you will be asked to enter the names and e-mail addresses of three individuals who will each write a letter addressing one of the three criteria. These individuals will receive an e-mail with instructions for submitting their recommendations online.
KSTF requires unofficial transcripts for all post-secondary (i.e., college level) coursework to be uploaded to the application. Official transcripts will be required for individuals that are selected for the fellowship.
All applicants that are selected as semi-finalists will be required to participate in a telephone interview that will take place in late January 2014. This one-hour interview will provide the selection committee with the opportunity to learn more about you.
If you are selected as a finalist for the 2014 Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Teaching Fellowship, you will be required to participate in a selection interview which will take place in Philadelphia from March 7–8, 2014. Finalists are expected to be available for and participate in all selection activities, which will begin at approximately 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 6 and end at approximately 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 8. KSTF will cover all expenses associated with travel, food and lodging for the selection interview weekend.
If you are awarded a Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Teaching Fellowship, the requirements of the fellowship program include:
- Attending an orientation meeting in New Jersey from June 6–7, 2014 at KSTF’s expense
- Attending three fellows’ meetings per year at KSTF’s expense, including the Summer Fellows’ Meeting which will be held in New Jersey from July 23–26, 2014
- Participating regularly in an online community with other KSTF Fellows
- Engaging in at least 40 hours of professional development each year
- Submitting reports associated with fellowship benefits when applicable
- Engaging in an ongoing practitioner inquiry across five years of the fellowship, grounded in your practice
- Obtaining a full-time position as a high school teacher in the subject you are credentialed to teach upon completion of teaching credential