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KSTF Teaching Fellowship

Scholarship Provider: Knowles Science Teaching Foundation
Application Deadline: 10/15/2013
Description: The KSTF Teaching Fellowships, the Foundation's signature program, supports, sustains and inspires exceptional young men and women committed to making a difference as teachers.

Each year, KSTF awards Teaching Fellowships to exceptional young men and women committed to teaching science and mathematics in United States high schools.

The KSTF Teaching Fellowship is designed explicitly to meet the needs of teachers from the time they begin working on a teaching credential through the early years of their career.

KSTF recognizes that learning to teach is a life-long process, with critical benchmarks and challenges along the way. The first few years of teaching are particularly difficult. Faced with a sense of professional isolation, lack of support and mentoring, and the perception that teaching is a second-rate profession, approximately half of all secondary teachers in the United States leave the profession within five years.


From the Fellowship's inception, KTF's mission has focused on reversing the trend of new teacher attrition. The program was developed with the input of visionary leaders in education, mathematics and science and grounded in research on how to best ensure that highly qualified individuals remain in the teaching profession to become leaders in education.

Financial support

The result of this approach is one of the most comprehensive fellowship programs in the United States. KSTF Teaching Fellowships combine extensive financial and professional support. The total award for each Fellow is valued at nearly $150,000 over the course of the five-year Fellowship. Fellows receive tuition assistance while participating in a teacher credentialing program, monthly stipends, and grants for professional development and teaching materials.
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School Type Requirement: Four Year College
Applicant Class Requirement: See other comments for more details
Awards Given: 21-50
Length of Award: More Than One Year
Minimum GPA: Not specified
Other Comments: The financial benefits of the Fellowship are considerable. All ensure that teachers of exceptional knowledge and ability have the resources they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond. Each Fellow receives tuition support and monthly stipends while working on a teaching credential; Fellows also receive a stipend during the summer months. We provide funds for professional development and for teaching materials to support student understanding in scientific inquiry or mathematical problem solving. Fellows can apply for leadership grants and are given financial support to apply for National Board certification and for membership in professional organizations such as the National Science Teachers Association or National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

KSTF Science and Mathematics Teaching Fellowships are intended to support beginning high school science and math teachers. Fellows are chosen from among individuals who:

Are committed to teaching high school STEM.

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 (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 email with questions.  You may also wish to review the FAQ at:

Scholarship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Knowles Science Teaching Foundation
1000 N. Church Street
Moorestown, NJ 08057
Phone: 856.608.0001
Fax: 856.608.0008
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