The Woodrow Wilson HistoryQuest Fellowship

The 2020 WW HistoryQuest application is now open. Application deadline is February 19, 2020.

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Application Instructions

The WW HistoryQuest application deadline is February 19, 2020.

STEP 01: Eligibility

Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Current employment as a middle or high school social studies teacher from CT, DE, MA, NJ, NY, or PA
  • Demonstrated commitment to teaching and learning and the HistoryQuest program and its goals
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent residency

 If you are a teacher in another state interested in the program, please email [email protected].

STEP 02: Preparing Your Application

The Woodrow Wilson Foundation uses and online application portal which requires an account. There is no fee to apply. Once logged in, the online application includes basic personal and contact information and two short answer questions as well as places to upload and request your supplemental items. If you bookmark the portal, you can log in any time to make changes.

  • Short answer questions: In the application portion, you’ll be asked two short answer questions. Each response should be no more than 250 words.
    • How do you think the introduction of game-like learning might improve your students’ learning of American history and civics?
    • How do you see your school and/or district benefitting from your participation in the HistoryQuest Fellowship program?

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Resumé: This is an important opportunity to showcase your excellence. There is no need to limit your résumé to one page.
    • The resumé should be a .PDF and the title of the file should include your first and last name but not include spaces (i.e. SmithJohnResume.pdf).
  • Unofficial transcripts: Unofficial transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended—this includes any institution that awarded credit for coursework—must be uploaded to complete your application.
    • Unofficial transcripts should be combined into a single .PDF file, in chronological order beginning with the most recent, and the title of the file should include your first and last name but not include spaces (i.e. SmithJohnTranscripts.pdf).
  • One (1) Letter of Recommendation: This letter (1-2 pages in length) should evaluate your teaching interests; assess the quality of your scholarship; explain how the award will benefit your educational practices; briefly discuss your teaching qualifications, service commitments; and assess your commitment to improving your students’ learning of American history and civics.
    • The letter should be from a current or former colleague, or a current supervisor at your school. Letters of recommendation must be written on institutional letterhead, signed, and submitted through the online application.
    • It is strongly recommended that you request letters of recommendation as early as possible.  Do not wait until you have submitted your application.
  • Essay: In 500 words or fewer, describe an experience that excited you about learning and discuss how it informs your ideas about education.
    • The essay should be a .PDF and the name of the file must include your Last and First name and the word Essay (LastnameFirstnameEssay) with no spaces (example: SmithJohnEssay.pdf).

If you need help with the online application portal, email [email protected].

STEP 03: Apply

Once you’ve submitted your application, uploaded supplemental materials, and requested your letters of recommendation, you’re all set! You can track receipt of your letters of recommendation in the “supplemental items” section of your application. It is your responsibility to follow up with your recommenders to ensure that they have submitted their online recommendation.

What happens after you apply?

  • Complete applications are reviewed after the application deadline.
  • If you have any questions about your application, email [email protected]


Changing the name of the Foundation

The Board of Trustees of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has voted unanimously to rename the organization and to remove Woodrow Wilson from its name; a new name will be announced by early fall.

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