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Career Partnership with The Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation

Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation






City Year is proud to partner with the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation so our alumni can continue to make a difference in classrooms and in the lives of students. This partnership reflects the shared visions and values of both organizations, and their belief that young people can keep students on track to graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary education. City Year strengthens an applicant’s competitiveness and chances for being selected for The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship.


The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships is a program administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and focuses on four goals: transforming teacher education; getting strong STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) teachers into high-need urban and rural schools; attracting top candidates to the teaching profession; and cutting teacher attrition by retaining teachers.

Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellows participate in a pre-service, full-time year of enriched, school-based master's coursework at one of seventeen partner universities. Fellows then commit to three years of teaching at a high-need urban or rural school and receive intensive mentoring from teacher leaders and veteran teachers during this formative time.

The City Year experience is a strong indicator of future success as a Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellow and serving a year with City Year strengthens a candidate's application and chances for being selected as a resident teacher. Click here to learn more about the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship Program.

Why Become a Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellow?

Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellows have the opportunity to put their math and science expertise to work for the young people who need them most, giving high-need middle- and high-school students a better chance at rewarding careers and fully engaged lives. Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellows also do much more: Through cutting-edge programs, they ready themselves for full careers as educators and help set new standards for tomorrow's teachers. Created under the guidance of Arthur Levine—current President of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and former President of Teachers College, Columbia University—these Teaching Fellowships combine some of the nation's best practices in teacher education, helping prepare Fellows for long-term success in the classroom.

The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships offer:

  • A new approach to teacher education. The Fellowship is more than a scholarship program. It seeks to transform teacher education while preparing future leaders in the teaching profession. Click here to learn about more about the benefits of the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship.*
  • Fellows receive a $30,000 stipend to pursue a master's degree in teaching in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) field. In exchange, Fellows commit to teaching in a high need urban or rural secondary school for three years.
  • A focus on secondary students in high-poverty urban or rural schools
  • A full-time pre-service year of Master's coursework starting in May, June or July of 2013 (start dates depend on university program) and lasting through the summer of 2014.
  • Master's study that is divided almost equally between coursework and demanding immersive "clinical” experiences in schools. This year is aimed to prepare Fellows to hit the ground running.
  • The teacher certification and licensure option at the end of summer 2014.
  • Three years of mentoring from teacher leaders and veteran educators.
  • A cohort experience at each university to support and learn innovative methods in teaching science, technology, and mathematics.
  • The opportunity to become part of a prestigious network of Fellows that include Fields Medalists, MacArthur "genius grant” recipients, Presidential award winners, Pullitzer Prize medalists, Nobel Laureates and teacher leaders across the country.
  • Additional financial aid incentives (depending on university partner) and, in some cases, further tuition reductions, benefits or scholarships.*

[*Only available at certain universities. For details, contact the partner university program director.]

To Apply

For more information about the application process, please click here

Note to currently serving corps members: Pay close attention to start dates to avoid conflict with your City Year graduation. Please compare the Start Date for the Teaching Fellows program(s) in which you are interested to your City Year graduation date. Corps members must avoid Teaching Fellows programs with a conflict, since being accepted into a program that starts before your City Year graduation means ending your term of service with City Year and losing your Education Award.

To identify your affiliation with City Year

City Year corps members and alumni should highlight their City Year experience on their resume as part of application materials and contact Ramik Williams, Admissions Counselor at to identify your City Year affiliation after submission of your application.

Please note that all admissions decisions are made by Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation in consultant with university partners. Corps members and alumni interested in the program must complete the full application process.