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Application Process

Applications will only be accepted online and through the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

The Teaching Fellowship application has been aligned with graduate admission requirements and will be reviewed at all participating universities. You do not need to apply separately or submit any supporting documentation to a partner university.

There is no application fee to apply to the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship program. For technical issues with the online application system, email Tech Support.

Getting Started

Check your eligibility.

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

  • • have majored in and/or have 30 or more college-level credits 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 Spring 2020, 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.)

Questions about your eligibility? Email Anna Gallos, Program Assistant for Fellow Selection ([email protected]).

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Select your institution(s).

Please refer to the detailed information on our university partners to select the institution(s) to which you will apply.

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Review financial aid opportunities.

Each of the participating institutions provides financial aid opportunities for graduate students. Should you be interested in applying for need-based financial aid from the federal government, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which can be found at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

The Federal government offers loan forgiveness of up to $17,500 in Federal loans for math and science teachers who 1) meet the highly-qualified teacher status, 2) teach for five consecutive years, and 3) teach for these five years in a low-income school. As a Teaching Fellow, you should easily meet the criteria of being a highly-qualified teacher in a low-income school. For more information, please visit the Federal Loan Forgiveness Website. You may also qualify for a Teach Grant.

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Create an account

Begin the application process by creating an applicant account here. Creating an account the Woodrow Wilson application Web site will enable you to save your unfinished application so that you can return later to add or change entries and view the status of supplemental items (i.e. transcripts, resumé, and recommendations). It is recommended that you save the Web page as a bookmark.

There is no fee to create an account. You will need to provide basic contact information and choose a username and password. Any information collected is used only for purposes of the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship (see the Foundation’s privacy policy).

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After creating an account, you will be taken to your personal profile page where you will be able to return at any time to edit your personal information, change your password, register for events, start and/or complete your application, and submit and/or verify receipt of supplemental items.

To be considered for the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship, you must complete all items on the application, but you may save the work you have done on parts of the application during any online session, and return to complete other parts during subsequent visits..

To complete an unfinished application simply return to this page and log in with your email and password.

Always remember to click on “save and continue” before leaving a page, or on “save application” before logging out in order to save your work.

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Submit supplemental items

In addition to your online application, you must upload a resumé and mail official transcripts for each institution attended.


The resumé provides you with the opportunity to showcase your excellence.

  • • Please be sure to include all colleges/universities attended, along with enrollment dates, as well as information and employment dates for all professional experience.
  • • If you won awards or fellowships or excelled in sports or other extracurricular activities, please be sure to include this information on your resumé.
  • • Any volunteer experience, particularly with adolescents or in an underserved community, is also worth detailing.

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).

In order to upload your resumé, you should first “save the application” before returning to the “My Account” link at the top of the page.

Select “Submit Supplemental Items.” Click “Browse” to select your resumé file then click “Upload” to attach the resumé to your application.

TIP: There is no need to limit your resumé to one page for your Woodrow Wilson Fellowship application. Remember: this is an important opportunity to showcase your excellence.

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Please request letters of recommendation from two (2) recommenders. Recommenders should be advised they will receive an email notification directly from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.

Letters of recommendation must come from individuals who are not members of your family. In general, recommenders should comment on your character, your commitment to education and service, and your capacity to work in high-need urban and/or rural contexts.

• If you are still enrolled in a degree program or are a very recent graduate, we strongly recommend including, as one of your recommendations, a letter from at least one faculty member in your major content area who can comment on your academic ability.

• If you have been employed over the past several years and are not able to request a faculty recommendation, we strongly recommend including, as one of your recommendations, a letter from a professional colleague who can comment on your skills/knowledge in your specialty field.


Immediately upon saving your application, please return to your account page and scroll to the bottom.  Click on “Submit Supplemental Items.”

In the Recommendation Request Section, click on “Start” next to each listed letter of recommendation to initiate the recommendation request process.

After entering your recommender’s name and email address, you will have the opportunity to include a personal note in the notification email.  It is strongly advised that you provide a “submit by” deadline in this area for your recommenders.

Once you have started the process, your recommenders will receive an email requesting they submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf.  They have the option to accept or decline this request.  Recommenders who accept the request will be taken to an online form where they will enter some information before uploading and submitting their recommendation letter.

If a recommender declines your request to provide a recommendation, you will be notified by email.  If you receive a “decline” notification, you will need to return to your account page and “Start” a new recommendation process with a different recommender.

You also have the ability in this same area of your account page to change a recommender by clicking on “Cancel” and then following the procedures to “Start” a new recommendation process with a different recommender, or to “Resend” a request to one of your recommenders, if necessary.

Note: You will be able to 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.

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Official Transcripts

Copies of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended—including any institution that awarded credit for coursework—must be provided with your application.

The transcripts must be issued or sent directly to the Woodrow Wilson Foundation to be considered official. Transcripts can be hard copy or e-transcripts.

Hard copies can be addressed directly to:

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Teaching Fellowships
5 Vaughn Drive
Suite 300
Princeton, NJ 08540
Telephone: (609) 452-7007, ext. 141

E-transcripts can be issued to [email protected].

If you’d like to submit a transcript from a foreign college/university, follow these steps to have your foreign transcript evaluated:

  • • Have your official transcript(s) translated (if necessary) into English.
  • • Send your transcript(s), course descriptions, and the English translation to a credential evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. A fee ranging from $165-$295 is required. Be sure to request a “course-by-course/detail” evaluation. * Foreign transcripts which are already in English still will require a course-by-course/detail evaluation.
  • • Have an official copy of the transcript and translation sent to:
    • The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
      Teaching Fellowships
      5 Vaughn Drive
      Suite 300
      Princeton, NJ 08540

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Required Tests

WW Teaching Fellowship candidates are required to pass the appropriate program admission and teaching licensure examinations for the state in which they would like to teach. In Pennsylvania, there are no required program admission tests. However, to receive licensure and become a teacher of record, Fellows must pass the required state licensure exams.

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Attend a Selection Day (Semifinalists only)

Applications are reviewed following each application deadline. Eligible applicants will be invited to attend a selection day, which is a full-day interview. One to two selection days are scheduled following an application deadline. Typically held on Saturdays one to two weeks after a deadline, invited semifinaists cannot move forward in the application process without attending a selection day.

Detailed information about the interview process will be provided to semifinalists upon invitation to an interview.

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Await a Decision

The Woodrow Wilson Foundation expects to award up to 12 Fellowships at each of the participating institutions. The Foundation will share status updates, including final admission decisions, by email. If no Fellowships are available, the Foundation may offer a candidate a spot on the wait list.

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For technical issues with the online application system, email Tech Support.


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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