Aspiring Fellows

Each year, the Kenan Fellows Program places a cohort of solutions-driven K-12 teachers into industry, higher education, research labs and other local work sites for five weeks in the summer.

Teachers observe how industry experts and researchers apply critical thinking, communication and technical skills in a real-world setting to help better prepare students for the 21st century workforce.

Working with an industry or higher education mentor, Kenan Fellows translate their summer work experience into engaging and relevant lessons for students and share those lessons with colleagues. The program provides opportunities for development and advancement for teachers, empowering them to catalyze innovation in our schools.

Program Highlights

  • Paid one-year Fellowships offered to select K-12 teachers.
  • Five-week summer research project with an industry expert or university researcher.
  • Two weeks of professional development including leadership and advocacy training.
  • Teachers remain in the classroom while going through the Fellowship program.
  • Fellows must complete specific requirements such as attending Professional Advancement Institutes and submitting and piloting lessons plans based on their summer work experience.
  • Fellowships are dependent on funding from corporate/business partners and grants.

Application Process

  • The application period opens each year in December.
  • Applicants must be certified public school teachers.
  • There are no restrictions on years of service.
  • Applicants must submit a completed online application that includes a personal essay and two letters of recommendation.
  • Fellowship projects are based on district availability but some projects are offered statewide.
  • Fellows are selected following a competitive application and interview process (only finalists are selected to interview).
  • Interviews are conducted by Kenan Fellows Program staff and industry/research Mentors at local sites statewide.
  • All applicants are notified of their status in late spring.

Application Dates

  • Applications for the 2014-15 cohort have closed. A new application period will begin later this year.
  • Download a timeline of the 2014-15 program.

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