Teaching Fellows Program

The Knowles Teaching Fellows Program is an intensive and cohesive, five-year program that supports early-career, high school mathematics and science teachers in their efforts to develop teaching expertise and lead from the classroom.

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Senior Fellows Program

After completing the fifth year of the Fellowship, Teaching Fellows become Senior Fellows. Through the Senior Fellows Program, former Teaching Fellows have the opportunity to remain involved in the Knowles community throughout their careers and be supported in ongoing leadership efforts.

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A National Network

The Knowles community is made up of more than 500 Fellows teaching in 34 states, plus the District of Columbia. See where our Fellows teach.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply for a Knowles Teaching Fellowship?

Knowles Teaching Fellowships are intended to support beginning high school science and mathematics teachers in the United States. 2024 Fellowships will be awarded to individuals who:

  • have the capacity and determination to commit to teaching as their primary career;
  • have earned a degree in a major related to the mathematics or science discipline they intend to teach between 2014 and September 1, 2024;
  • 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 no earlier than January 1, 2019 and no later than September 1, 2024; and
  • will be entering their first, second or third year as teacher of record during the 2024–2025 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.

If you have questions about eligibility, please contact us at apply@knowlesteachers.org.

Can I change locations/schools during the Fellowship?

You do not have to remain in the same location for all five years of the Fellowship. Many of our Teaching Fellows have changed schools while in the program. However, you must teach in a U.S. high school to retain the Fellowship.

Can I teach at any school I want?

Fellows can teach at any U.S. high school, as long as science or mathematics is at least half of their teaching assignment. American schools abroad, high schools in U.S. territories and Department of Defense schools abroad are not considered U.S. high schools for the purpose of the Knowles Teaching Fellowship.

What are the financial benefits of becoming a Teaching Fellow?

Teaching Fellows receive financial support throughout the year. This financial support allows Fellows to receive stipends during the summer, pay for professional development, receive classroom materials, become members of professional organizations, and receive graduate credit for their work in the Fellowship. In total, Fellows are eligible to receive more than $50,000 in financial support of the course of the five-year Fellowship. Fellows can apply for grants to pursue efforts that will have a positive impact on education beyond their own classroom.

For more detailed information, please visit the Teaching Fellows Program page.