The KSTF was established in 1999 to strengthen the quality of science and mathematics teachers teaching in grades 9-12 in United States schools. The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation supports individuals and programs designed to encourage and sustain young scientists and mathematicians as they dedicate their lives to teaching other young people and to becoming leaders in the field of education. The Foundation also supports efforts that provide insight into how to best prepare high school science and mathematics teachers.
Those KSTF Science and Mathematics Teaching Fellows who are selected to become members of the cohort will be chosen from among young men and women who have earned or are in the process of earning a degree in science, mathematics or engineering from a recognized institution of higher education.
Physical Science Teaching Fellowships
are for individuals who intend to teach a physical science (typically Earth science, physical science, physics or chemistry) in a U.S. high school and who hold at least a bachelor's degree in physics, chemistry, some engineering fields or one of the Earth/space sciences.
Mathematics Teaching Fellowships
are for individuals who intend to teach mathematics in a U.S. high school and who hold at least a bachelor's degree in mathematics or the equivalent content background. For example, individuals with at least a bachelor's degree in engineering or statistics may also be eligible to apply.
Biological Science Teaching Fellowships
are for individuals who intend to teach biological science in a U.S. high school, and who hold at least a bachelor's degree in an area of biology and have an understanding of biology as a systemic or model-based discipline. KSTF is looking for those with a commitment to changing the content and instructional focus of high school biology.
Applicants should have received their most recent content (i.e., science, mathematics or engineering) degree within the past five years. An applicant might also be in the final year of an undergraduate, master's, combined BS with MAT or MEd program or near the completion of a doctoral program. Applicants who will be in their first year of teaching in academic year are also eligible.
Applicants must be enrolled or plan to enroll in a recognized teacher education program that leads to a secondary science or mathematics teaching license. At the time of application, applicants do not need to be admitted into a teacher education program. However, successful applicants must be admitted into such a program before the fellowships are awarded in June.
The fellowship provides tuition assistance, a monthly stipend, professional development, and other benefits. Applications, selection criteria, and biographies of current teaching fellow can be found at www.kstf.org.