Teacher Programs Fellowships

Front cover of brochure. "From Wagon Wheel to Stainless Steel." 1945. From the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad Company Records, 1847-1965. Newberry call number: CB&Q 32.9, Bx. 117, Fl. 924.
Brochure (cover), "From Wagon Wheel to Stainless Steel." Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company. 1945. CB&Q 32.9, Box 117, Folder 924.

Newberry Teacher Fellowships offer Chicago-area educators the opportunity to curate digital collections and create teaching resources 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 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, world languages, 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

We are now accepting applications for the Summer 2015 Newberry Teacher Fellowship. Applications should be submitted by April 26, 2015.

Download the application guidelines

The Teacher Fellow will conduct in-depth primary source research in the Newberry’s reading rooms and use his or her findings to develop a new collection with accompanying teaching resources for the Digital Collections for the Classroom (DCC) website. Educators may propose their own topics, or develop one of the following suggestions:

  • American women’s history
  • Chicago history
  • the Industrial Revolution
  • the Oregon Trail
  • Tudor England

Please visit the Newberry’s online catalogs and research guides as well as the DCC website prior to submitting a proposal. Applicants should submit the following materials by April 26, 2015, to teacherprograms@newberry.org:

  • A current résumé or CV.
  • A letter of no more than one single-spaced page detailing the proposed digital collection and how the topic applies to classroom use.
  • A list of 5–15 potential primary sources from the Newberry’s collections for the proposed digital collection. Proposed items should be in English unless the applicant possesses research skills in the original language(s) of the source. In general, proposals should not include items already available on the DCC website.

Fellowship Timeline

  • The fellowship recipient will be contacted approximately one month after the application deadline.
  • The fellow must spend at least ten days in residence at the Newberry by October 3, 2015.
  • The completed digital collection must be submitted to Teacher Programs staff by October 3, 2015, and the teaching resources (e.g. lesson plan, activities, etc.) by October 30, 2015.

To see an example of past fellowship projects, visit the “Other Americans and the American Revolution” collection on the DCC website. Support for “Other Americans and the American Revolution” was provided by the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution – Chicago Chapter.

Research at the Newberry

You don’t have to be a Teacher Fellow to research at the Newberry! Free and open to the public since 1887, the library welcomes researchers at least 16 years old or juniors in high school to apply for a reader’s card.

Interested in our collections, but unable to research in person? Be sure to check out the Newberry’s growing collection of digital resources.

Specific research questions should be addressed to reference@newberry.org. For all other questions about the Newberry’s professional development programs for teachers, including teacher fellowships, please contact Teacher Programs staff.