The Woodrow Wilson Pennsylvania Teaching Fellowship

  • Upcoming deadline: January 30, 2020. Spring Deadline: March 16, 2020.


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

About the Program

The Teaching Fellowship includes:

  • admission to a master's degree program at one of three well-established partner universities
  • 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 $32,000 stipend (Once Fellows are certified teachers at the end of the first year, they obtain salaried employment in high-need schools.)
  • after graduation, Fellows commit to teaching in a high-need urban or rural secondary school for three years
    • PA Fellows who attend the University of Pennsylvania and West Chester University must seek positions in the School District of Philadelphia (SDP)
    • PA Fellows who attend Duquesne University must seek positions in the Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) or the surrounding area
  • support and mentoring throughout the three-year teaching commitment
  • support of 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 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]).

Teacher Certification

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

Partner University Certification Areas Offered
Duquesne University Secondary (grades 7–12):
University of Pennsylvania Secondary (grades 7–12):
Earth and Space Science
General Science (grades 4-8)
West Chester University Secondary (grades 7–12):



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For general program, application, and Fellowship questions please email the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship staff at [email protected].

Partner University Contacts

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

Stories from WW Teaching Fellows in the classroom can be found here and Q&A interviews with current and past Fellows can be found here.

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