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Fellowships to USA PreK-12 Teachers and Educators for Professional Development Projects

Fund For Teachers (FFT) Fellowship Grant

GrantWatch ID# 177420
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Fund For Teachers (FFT)
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Important Dates
Conference Date: 11/30/22
Deadline: 01/19/23 5:00 PM CST

Grant Description
Fellowships of up to $5,000 to USA PreK-12th grade educators and up to $10,000 to educator teams for projects that further professional growth and development. Funding is intended to allow teachers to pursue experiences that address practical issues. Proposals that show potential to center students as changemakers for problems in their communities are highly encouraged to apply.

Teachers are most effective, and improve in their practice, when they are problem solvers and innovators, who take risks, learn, reflect, and collaborate. Teachers who pursue Fund for Teachers’ transformational learning experiences catalyze these problem-solving experiences for themselves and students, ultimately changing schools and communities. Fellowship proposals that prioritize teachers seeking solutions to their own, genuine problems of practice will be best aligned to FFT's grant goals. In addition, proposals that have the potential to center students as changemakers for problems in their communities are highly encouraged to apply.

Goals of a Fund for Teachers fellowship are for educators to:

  • Serve as problem solvers and innovators who create solutions to real problem of practice;
  • Reflect on their experience as a learner and transfer the most powerful aspects of their experience to student learning;
  • Integrate their experiences as Fund for Teachers Fellows into their teaching to create more globally minded students who are empowered to take action;
  • And grow as leaders and change makers.

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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
Open to US teachers who live and work in the continental United States and Hawaii.

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- A full-time preK-12th grade teacher who spends at least 50% of your time directly teaching students;
- Applicants must have plans to return to a classroom or teaching environment the year following their fellowship and demonstrate the ability to incorporate what they learn into their teaching; and
- Have at least three years’ experience as a preK-12th grade teacher at the end of the school year. Student and substitute teaching do not count towards the three-year requirement. If the applicant has three years’ experience by the time of their fellowship, Fund for Teachers considers them eligible.

Teaching staff that do not provide instruction to students for at least 50% of their full time position are not eligible. One-on-one instructional time does not count toward the 50% time requirement described above. Administrators, such as principals, may not apply, nor may they act as the partner applicant.

Previous recipients must wait for 5 years before reapplying.

Fund for Teachers will not make grants to support student travel, the completion of post baccalaureate degrees, university/college credit hours, courses for graduate credit, licensing or licensure, onsite (or campus) professional development at your school or by the district, compensation for substitutes, stipends and requests that only include classroom supplies, such as books, technology, or other materials.

Certain products and services are not to be purchased using grant funds, such as toiletries, telecommunications, souvenirs, childcare, student travel, bank/credit card fees, and graduate credit hours.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Fund for Teachers 2023 Information Sessions

10/26/2022 6:00 PM CST. Zoom. To access this webinar, please register here:

11/30/2022 6:00 PM CST 6:00 PM CST. Zoom. To access this webinar, please register here:

Pre-Application Information
All applicants must apply online between October 1, 2022, and January 19, 2023, with final submission made by 5 pm CST on January 19, 2023.

Eligible teachers may submit one application per grant cycle.

Upon award, Fellows will receive 90 percent of their grant, the remaining 10 percent to be disbursed upon completion of post-fellowship requirements.

Estimated Size of Grant
- Individuals: Up to $5,000
- Teams: Up to $10,000

Term of Contract
Fellowships should begin after the last day of school in the spring and be completed by the first day of school in the fall, with all fellowship-related expenditures made by September 14, 2023.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Salma Zaky

If you have any questions regarding the online application process, please contact:

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