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The Weiss WW 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. This Fellowship opportunity is open to students in Penn GSE’s Urban Teaching Apprenticeship Program.

At the heart of the Weiss WW Teaching Fellowship is a 10-month clinical component that brings Fellows into classrooms, with experienced mentors, for a full academic year. Each Fellow receives $32,000 from the Institute for Citizens & Scholars and a $10,000 merit-aid scholarship from Penn GSE to complete this master’s degree program, designed by Penn GSEPenn Engineering, and Penn’s School of Arts and Science. Fellows in this program enact practices that support student-centered, active learning and position learners in urban contexts as capable, curious, and creative. 

Prospective teachers leave the program prepared to use the power of teaching to deepen student learning, transform schools, increase educational equity, and move into leadership roles. The program is guided by a commitment to diversity and equity; the use of inquiry to examine the forces that shape contexts for teaching and learning; and a focus on practice and partnership in preparing to teach in urban schools and communities. In return for the Fellowship, Fellows commit to teach for three years in high-need Philadelphia schools, with ongoing mentoring.

All Weiss WW Teaching Fellows will be affiliated with the School District of Philadelphia for their classroom preparation.

One of six states in the WW Teaching Fellowship program, Pennsylvania is focused on the challenge of preparing STEM teachers for the urban high-need schools of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The Fellowship, administered by the Institute for Citizens & Scholars, has prepared more than 1,200 teachers to date. Read more about the launch of the Fellowship program in Pennsylvania here.

How to apply

For more information about eligibility and to apply for a Fellowship, visit the WW Teaching Fellowship webpage.

Mission & support

The Institute for Citizens & Scholars (Citizens & Scholars) prepares leaders and engages networks of people and organizations to meet urgent education challenges. The overarching goal is to shape an informed, productively engaged, and hopeful citizenry.

The WW Pennsylvania Teaching Fellowships are anchored by a $5 million matching grant from the William Penn Foundation, and generously supported by Highmark, AT&T, the Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union, M&T Bank, the Weiss Family Foundation, Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education Foundation, and several other major individual donors.