The Leonore Annenberg Teaching Fellowship - woodrow wilson program

About the Fellowship

Sarah Kennelley (foreground) and Emily Davis (background) listen carefully as Professor Susan Mintz leads a class at the University of Virginia's .woodrow wilson program

The Leonore Annenberg Teaching Fellowship, the equivalent of a national “Rhodes Scholarship” for teaching, is one of three new Fellowships launched by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation to address fundamental challenges to improving the teacher workforce. Through the Fellowships, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation seeks to improve the rigor of new teacher selection; demonstrate what effective teacher preparation and retention looks like, particularly in high-need schools; and raise the prestige of the profession.

Funded by a $5 million grant from the Annenberg Foundation and a $1 million grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Fellowship provides a $30,000 stipend to exceptionally able candidates to complete a yearlong master’s program at one of four of the nation’s top teacher education programs—Stanford University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Virginia, and the University of Washington. In exchange, the candidates must agree to teach for three years in high-need secondary schools. During these first three years in the classroom, Fellows receive intensive onsite mentoring and support.

Fellows are selected from a diverse pool of high-caliber candidates who hold baccalaureate degrees in arts and sciences fields or related professions, like engineering or finance, and who show a commitment to high-need communities and public schools. College seniors and recent graduates, along with midcareer professionals, are eligible.

The Award

The Fellowship includes:

The Commitment

As part of their commitment to ensuring the success of students in high-need secondary schools, Fellows agree to teach for at least three years in an urban or rural school district.

Additional Information

Participating Universities (in alphabetical order):

For Policymakers and Potential Partners:


Questions that are not answered in the information posted on this site can be directed by email to Ysabel Gonzalez at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

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