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The Woodrow Wilson New Jersey Teaching Fellowship

  • October 16, 2015
    First 2016 application deadline

  • November 30, 2015
    Second 2016 application deadline

  • January 31, 2016
    Final 2016 application deadline


The Woodrow Wilson New Jersey Teaching Fellowship seeks to attract talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—into teaching in high-need New Jersey secondary schools.

Major funders for the Fellowship include the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, M. Brian and Sandy Maher, the Overdeck Family Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the PSEG Foundation, the JP Morgan Chase Foundation, the Schumann Fund for New Jersey, Educational Testing Service, the William E. Simon Foundation, and Jennifer A. Chalsty, the Carnegie Corporation of NY, the Fournier Family Foundation, the Taub Foundation, and the Drug, Chemical and Associated Technologies Association, with additional funding from a number of other foundations and philanthropists.

Fellowship Details

The Teaching Fellowship includes:

  • admission to a master's degree program at a well-established partner university
  • teacher certification in science, mathematics or technology education
  • extensive preparation for teaching in a high-need urban or rural secondary school for one full year prior to becoming the teacher-of-record in a science or math classroom
  • a $30,000 stipend (Once Fellows are certified teachers at the end of the first year, they obtain salaried employment in high-need schools.)
  • support and mentoring throughout the three-year teaching commitment
  • support from a cohort of WW Fellows passionate about science and math education
  • lifelong membership in a national network of Woodrow Wilson Fellows who are intellectual leaders


The Fellowship is open to college seniors, graduates, and career changers who:

  • •  have majored in and/or have a strong professional background in a STEM field (science, technology, engineering, or math);
  • •  demonstrate a commitment to the program and its goals;
  • •  have U.S. citizenship or permanent residency;
  • •  have attained, or expect to attain by June 1, 2016, a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university or its international equivalent (Note: Undergraduate degrees earned outside the U.S. are accepted if an approved credential evaluator declares the degree equivalent to an earned U.S. bachelor’s degree.);
  • •  a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale is preferred (Note: Candidates who can demonstrate excellence through other avenues will also be considered. All applications are considered in their entirety and selection is based on merit.)
  • •  The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships program also requires candidates to take and submit a score report for the appropriate state-required teaching licensure examination.  Please see “Testing Requirements” section for more details.

Teacher Certification Areas

The following is a guide to the teacher certification areas offered at each partner institution.

Partner University Certification Areas Offered
The College of New Jersey Biology
Technology/pre-Engineering Education
Montclair State University Biology
Earth Science
Rowan University Biology
Optional online ESL certification
Rutgers University-Camden Biology
Optional Special Education Certification*
*additional tuition may apply
William Paterson University Biology
Earth Science
Physical Science


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Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships Team

For general program, application, and Fellowship questions please email the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship staff at wwteachingfellowship@woodrow.org.

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Partner University Contacts

For more information about the Teaching Fellowship at a particular institution you may contact the appropriate program director listed below:


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Events & Deadlines

First 2016 application deadline

Second 2016 application deadline

Final 2016 application deadline

Archived Info Sessions

New Jersey Partner Universities Info Session

Learn more about the universities participating in the Woodrow Wilson New Jersey Teaching Fellowship in this online information session.

Financing Your Program Info Session

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Online Information Session

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