National deadlines: First: October 16, 2015, Second: November 30, 2015, Third:  January 31, 2016


  • Seniors, graduate and older individuals who seek to change careers
  • Strong professional/academic background in a STEM field (science, technology, engineering, or math);
  • Commitment to the program and its goals;
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university or its international equivalent earned by June 30, 2016 (Note: Undergraduate degrees earned outside the U.S. are accepted if an approved credential evaluator declares the degree equivalent to an earned U.S. bachelor’s degree.);
  • GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale is preferred (Note: Candidates who can demonstrate excellence through other avenues will also be considered. All applications are considered in their entirety and selection is based on merit.)

Award summary and conditions: 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 Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and New Jersey. Eligible applicants include current undergraduates, recent college graduates, midcareer professionals, and retirees who have majored in, or had careers in, STEM fields. 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
  • a $30,000 stipend, with tuition arrangements varying by campus in Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and New Jersey. (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

Application process:  online at:

Application requirements:

  • Online application
  • Curriculum vitae (uploaded by the applicant) 
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended (mailed as hard copies)*
  • Letters of recommendation (2) - Note: recommenders will upload letters after receiving an email prompt. These recommendations should come from individuals who are not members of your family. In general, recommenders should comment on your character, your commitment to education and service, and your capacity to work in high-need urban and/or rural contexts.

*The transcripts must be provided in an unopened envelope from your institutions(s)and mailed directly to:

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Teaching Fellowships
P.O. Box 5281
Princeton, NJ 08543-5281

Faculty representative:  Keith Raether
Internal interview:  No

Selection process: Interviews for finalists will be conducted following the application deadlines in October, December and February, at various sites in Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey and Ohio. Applicants invited to participate in an interview will be asked to select the date and location that best works for them. Detailed information about the interview process will be provided to finalists upon invitation to an interview. The Woodrow Wilson Foundation expects to award up to 15 Fellowships at each of the participating institutions. In addition, the Foundation will select a number of alternates who may be offered the Fellowship if those originally selected choose to decline for any reason.