KSTF (Knowles Science Teaching Foundation) Science & Mathematics Teaching Fellowships

Up to five years of support for mathematics and science majors committed to teaching in high school.

KSTF Teaching Fellows are young men and women who have received a bachelor's or advanced degree in science, engineering or mathematics and are committed to teaching high school science and/or mathematics in U.S. schools. The fellowship supports them professionally and financially for up to five years through a teacher preparation program to eligibility for tenure.

During the initial academic year of the fellowship, fellows typically participate in a recognized teacher credentialing program. After receiving a teaching credential and beginning a career in teaching, fellows continue to receive training and support.

Each year, the fellows meet three times - in summer, fall and spring - occasionally in conjunction with a professional meeting for science or mathematics teachers. Fellows communicate electronically with each other regularly via electronic discussion boards. For those fellows who are full-time teachers, support is available for a local mentor and for instructional materials. During the summers, Teaching Fellows have opportunities to engage in professional development activities that will enhance their ability to teach science and mathematics.

Aside from receiving financial support, KSTF Teaching Fellows are part of a network of outstanding beginning teachers who are grappling with the same issues of teacher preparation and induction. Throughout the five-year fellowship, fellows are exposed to a variety of teaching resources, curriculum materials, research and experts in the field. Most importantly, fellows develop into a community of scholars of high school science and mathematics teaching - confident in their own teaching abilities, able to support each other, and ready to act as leaders in science and mathematics education.

Deadline Information

due by 11:59 pm PST: Monday, January 18, 2021


As part of the five-year Teaching Fellowship, KSTF Teaching Fellows are required to: obtain a full-time high-school science or mathematics teaching position, participate in the KSTF community and adhere to KSTF policy guidelines.  Fellowship responsibilities will typically require a time commitment of 4-6 hours per month, over and above the time spent in in-person meetings and preparing proposals to submit for benefits.

Eligibility Requirements


To be eligible for a 2020 Knowles Teaching Fellowship, individuals must:

  1. have the capacity and determination to commit to teaching as their primary career;
  2. have earned a degree in a major related to the mathematics or science discipline they intend to teach between 2011 and September 1, 2021;
  3. have earned or will earn a valid state teaching credential/certificate/license that enables them to teach mathematics or science in grades 9–12 in the United States no earlier than January 1, 2016 and no later than September 1, 2021; and
  4. be entering their first or second year as teacher-of-record during the 2021–2022 academic year.*

* For the purpose of eligibility, we consider an applicant’s first year of teaching to be the first year in which they teach full time for the full academic year as the teacher-of-record.

If you have questions about eligibility, please contact us at apply@knowlesteachers.org

Application Process

To apply, you will need

  • An Application: All applications for Knowles Teaching Fellowships must be submitted online. You’ll be required to provide the following information in the application: your name, current mailing address, telephone number, email address, and how you found out about the Fellowship. Additionally, you must upload a current resume or curriculum vitae in PDF format.

  • Essays: The application requires you to write three essays discussing how you meet the three criteria (600 word maximum per essay). A strong essay will provide evidence of how you meet the criteria, be reflective, be grounded in your personal experiences, and allow reviewers to get to know you as an individual and a prospective teacher. We recommend that you avoid abstract platitudes about teaching and education, jargon or citing educational theories without personal reflection. Essay prompts will be made available once you register.

  • Letter of Recommendation: In the online application, you will be asked to enter the names and email addresses of three individuals who will each write a letter addressing one of the three criteria. These individuals will receive an email with instructions for submitting their recommendations online.

  • Transcripts: The Knowles Teacher Initiative requires unofficial transcripts for all post-secondary (i.e., college level) coursework to be uploaded to the application. Official transcripts will be required for individuals who are selected for the Fellowship.