Fund for Teachers Fellowship Information

Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
Professional Development Grants for Teachers

Fund for Teachers Fellowship Information

Fund for Teachers honors the professionalism of dedicated teachers and values their judgement as to what impacts their teaching practice, promotes student success and positively impacts their community.

Pre-K through 12th-grade teachers have the opportunity to pursue self-designed professional learning through a Fund for Teachers fellowship. Teachers decide what they want to learn and where they want to learn it. Their odysseys take them all over the world—as scientists, researchers, artists and agents of change—and they return to their classrooms with new ideas that transform student learning and achievement.

  • The teacher must be a full-time pre-K through 12th-grade teacher who spends at least 50% of his/her time directly providing instruction to students;
  • The teacher is returning to the classroom in the consecutive school year; and
  • The teacher has had at least three years’ experience as a pre-K through 12th-grade teacher at the end of the current school year. 
  • School administrators or support staff that do not spend a minimum of 50% of his/her time in direction instruction to students are not eligible.

Individual teachers may apply for up to $5,000, and teacher teams may apply for up to $10,000 in grant funds.

See more eligibility requirements here.


The Fund for Teachers application process opens online at on October 1 and closes at 5 pm January 30. The application is comprised of a coversheet signed by the applicant's principal, the proposal, and an itemized budget of the proposed fellowship.


After the application process closes, the applications will go through the selection process. Applications that meet the full requirements as required by Fund for Teachers will go on to a 'blind' review process by local selection committees made of professionals, volunteers and Fund for Teachers fellowship alumni. In order to avoid bias or preference, selection committee members do not see demographic or personal information of the teachers associated with the applications.

Fellowships are awarded based on the quality of the application, the adherence to the Fund for Teachers scoring rubric system, and the availability of grant funding. Fellows are notified of their fellowship by email in early April and will be required to attend an orientation shortly thereafter.

For more information, visit or call 1-800-681-2667.  Click here to see details on upcoming information sessions.

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