About Us

Founded in 2000, the Kenan Fellows Program for Curriculum and Leadership Development, is an initiative of the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science at N.C. State University. Approximately 50 outstanding K-12 educators are selected annually for this year-long fellowship. Key components are at least a three-week summer internship with a mentor in a research or applied STEM setting, and 80 hours of professional development that builds leadership capacity and promotes curricular design linking classwork to “real” work.


Advance K-12 STEM education by providing educators with relevant, real-world professional learning and leadership development, through innovative collaborations with partners committed to 21st century education and workforce preparation.


Kenan Fellows are catalysts of change, driving innovations in STEM education that inspire future generations of great inventors, leaders, and thinkers.


Established from a community effort to address the retention of effective math and science teachers in the Research Triangle region. Today, the Kenan Fellows Program is nationally recognized as a model for industry-education partnerships.


We tap the wealth of professional expertise in North Carolina’s private sector, universities and  community colleges to enrich learning opportunities for teachers and students. Teachers, researchers and businesses collaborate to make science and math education relevant, engaging and most of all, effective.


Kenan Fellows develop strong communication and advocacy skills.  They engage with other educators, community leaders and policy makers to promote high-quality instruction in our schools. Today, there are more than 350 Kenan Fellows across North Carolina and beyond.