About Us

The Kenan Fellows Program empowers educators, students and businesses through strategic partnerships.

Solutions-driven K-12 teachers selected as Kenan Fellows engage in a year-long fellowship in partnership with university researchers and industry experts. The program provides opportunities for development and advancement, inspiring educators to drive innovation in North Carolina public schools.

Key components of the fellowships are a five-week summer research experience with a mentor in a local workplace and two weeks of professional development. From this experience, Fellows create innovative lessons for students and professional development workshops for their colleagues.


The mission of the Kenan Fellows Program is to improve K-12 STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education by providing relevant, professional learning and leadership development for exceptional teachers through innovative collaborations with research partners in industry, higher education and government.


Established in 2000 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 teacher retention.

According to a 2013 evaluation report, 93% of Fellows remain in education.


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 300 Fellows across North Carolina. Download a statewide map to see our reach.