Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship

Important Dates

Visit https://citizensandscholars.org for details.

Online application availability: Summer

Application Deadlines:
Campus deadline: N/A, candidates can apply directly
National deadline: Rolling until cohort is filled, or through April (2022 application)

Notification of winning candidates: Late spring

Scholarship Overview

Do you have an academic background in STEM? Would you like to teach in a high-need secondary school?

The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship (WWTF) seeks to attract talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in the STEM fields - science, technology, engineering, and mathematics - into teaching at high-need secondary schools in Pennsylvania.

The program also works with university partners to change the way top teachers are prepared, partnering with colleges and universities that have agreed to provide Fellows with innovative, year-long classroom experiences, rigorous academic work, and ongoing mentoring.


Information for Applicants

  • Eligibility

    Applicants must be:

    • College seniors, recent college graduates, mid-career professionals, and retirees who have majored in and/or have 30 or more college-level credits in a STEM field (science, technology, engineering, or math)
    • US citizens or permanent residents
    • Committed to the the program and its goals
    • Have attained or expect to attain, by the spring of the year of the application deadline, a bachelor's degree from an accredited US college or university, or its international equivalent (international degrees are evaluated on a case-by-case basis)
    • Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (preferred but not required)


    Who cannot apply:

    • International students
    • Students or graduates who have not majored or extensively studied in a STEM field
    • Graduates who have already earned their teaching certificate in one of the STEM secondary education fields


    For more information about eligibility requirements, visit https://citizensandscholars.org.

  • Additional Requirements

    If you are selected to receive the award you must commit to teaching in a high-need urban secondary school for three years. The current (2022) fellowship requires that you complete your three year commitment in the School District of Philadelphia. Different cities and states may become available in future years.

    Seek advising early in the application process. Schedule an advising appointment with the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship Campus Advisor, Dr. Francisco Miranda, at fmiranda2@alaska.edu or 907-786-4035 to discuss intent to apply.

    Interview requirements:
    Campus interview: No
    National interview: Yes

  • Award Benefits
    • Admission to a master's degree program at a partner university
    • Teacher certification in science or mathematics education
    • Extensive preparation for teaching in a high-need urban secondary school for one full year
    • $32,000 stipend for use during the first year of your master's degree
    • Support with finding salaried employment in high-need schools upon successful completion of the master's program
    • Mentoring and support throughout the 3-year teaching commitment
    • Support from a cohort of WW Fellows passionate about science and math education
    • Lifelong membership in a national network of C&S Fellows who are intellectual leaders


    Award cannot be deferred or renewed.

  • Candidate Profile
    • Commitment to the goals of the fellowship program
    • Strong academic performance in your STEM field
    • Indication in activities out of the classroom of a significant interest in teaching
    • Commitment to the STEM fields and teaching
  • Application Procedure
    1. Find a faculty member who is willing to mentor you throughout the application process.
    2. Notify the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship Campus Advisor, Dr. Francisco Miranda, at fmiranda2@alaska.edu or 907-786-4035 of your intent to apply the semester before you plan to apply for the award. 
    3. Schedule an advising appointment with the WWTF Campus Advisor to discuss internal and external application processes and timelines.
    4. Register at https://citizensandscholars.org and start completing the application. 
    5. Select the institution you wish to apply to by referring to information about university partners on the scholarship website.
    6. Start preparing your resume. The resume is one of the most important parts of your application, since it provides you with the opportunity to showcase your excellence. You are also required to obtain and submit you unofficial transcripts.
    7. Two letters of recommendation are required. Select references who can comment on your academic ability, commitment to education and service, character, leadership skills, and capacity to work in a high-need urban or rural context. It is highly recommended that you make at least one of your references a faculty member from whom you have taken upper-division classes in your major content area. References will submit their recommendation directly through the online application system.
    8. Plan to complete the Praxis exam by the beginning of your program in the summer of the year you have applied for. Depending on which states are being offered in the year you apply, certain states may require an additional program admissions test.
    9. Submit your complete application at least one to two weeks before the national deadline.
    10. After a national screening process, selected candidates will be invited to a Selection Day. Selection Days are typically scheduled for one to two weeks after the submission deadlines, and are currently conducted remotely. You must participate in a Selection Day in order to advance your application. Detailed information will be provided to semifinalists upon invitation to an interview.


    There are 16 fellowships available this year (2022). More fellowships have been offered in the past, so you may wish to confirm how many fellowships are available by visiting https://citizensandscholars.org

  • Advising

    Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship Campus Advisor:

    Dr. Francisco Miranda
    ADM 276

    Information sessions:
    Webinars may be available at https://citizensandscholars.org. Specific questions not answered on the scholarship main page should be directed to the WW Teaching Fellowship team at wwteachingfellowship@citizensandscholars.org