Teacher Programs Fellowships

C.J. Taylor. "The Mortar of Assimilation – And the One Element that Won't Mix." 1889. Folio A 5 .7634.
C.J. Taylor. "The Mortar of Assimilation – And the One Element that Won't Mix." 1889. Folio A 5 .7634.

Newberry Teacher Fellowships offer Chicago-area educators the opportunity to create digital teaching resources and lesson plans based on primary source research at the Newberry. Applicants should have a strong interest in conducting extended independent research with items from the Newberry’s collection to produce challenging teaching materials for use in their own classrooms and to share with other educators. The Newberry’s collection strengths best suit topics in literature, U.S. history, world history, geography, visual arts, music, religion, and other subject areas in the humanities and social sciences.

All K–12 public, private, and parochial school teachers are eligible for Newberry Teacher Fellowships; Chicago Public Schools teachers are especially encouraged to apply. Fellowships carry a stipend of $1,000 unless otherwise noted.

Apply for a Newberry Teacher Fellowship

The 2014 Newberry Teacher Fellowship application cycle is now closed. Please address all inquiries to teacherprograms@newberry.org. Below, for future reference, is a summary of the 2014 application process and fellowship program.

2014 Summer Fellowship

The Newberry funded two teacher fellowships during the summer of 2014. Each teacher fellow has worked to create an original collection and lesson plan for the Digital Collections for the Classroom (DCC) teaching resource featuring primary source materials from the Newberry’s collection. Applicants proposed their own research topics or developed one of the suggestions below:

  • the Renaissance
  • Chicago neighborhoods
  • the Haitian Revolution
  • Chicago literature
  • the Caribbean
  • colonial North America
  • colonial Brazil
  • the Louisiana Purchase

Applicants were strongly encouraged to visit the Newberry’s online catalogs and research guides as well as the DCC website prior to submitting a proposal. The following materials were required:

  • A current résumé.
  • A letter of no more than one single-spaced page detailing the proposed DCC collection and how the topic applies to classroom use.
  • A list of 5–15 potential Newberry sources for the proposed DCC collection.

2014 Summer Fellowship Timeline

  • Fellowship recipients notified approximately one month after the application deadline.
  • Fellows spend at least ten days in residence at the Newberry by October 1, 2014.
  • The DCC collection submitted to Teacher Programs staff by October 1, 2014, and the lesson plan by November 1, 2014.
  • Relevant examples of student work resulting from the DCC collection and lesson plan submitted by June 1, 2015.