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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


The Newberry is pleased to offer two (2) Teacher Fellowships during summer 2018:


1. Teacher Fellowship in partnership with the DAR Chicago Chapter on American Women or Early American History: The Teacher Fellow will develop a Digital Collection for the Classroom (DCC) and accompanying lesson plan on a topic related to American women’s history or early American history.


2. Teacher Fellowship in partnership with the Newberry’s upcoming project, “What is the Midwest?”: The Teacher Fellow will develop a Digital Collection for the Classroom (DCC) and accompanying lesson plan exploring what defines the Midwest as a distinct region. The Teacher Fellow will have the option to tackle one of the following interpretive themes:


  • The Midwest is a region defined by unique networks of waterways, infrastructure, resources, and goods; or
  • Historical and contemporary perceptions of the Midwest as “the middle” have reflected and hidden diverse cultural realities.

For each fellowship, 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 teaching resources for the Digital Collections for the Classroom (DCC) website. The fellowships are open to K–12 public and private school teachers and each carry a stipend of $1000.


Applications are now being accepted. Applications should be submitted no later than 9 am on May 4, 2018. All fellowship information and application requirements can be found here. Please email teacherprograms@newberry.org with any questions.


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 who are at least 14 years old or in the ninth grade 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.


Previous Fellowship Application Guidelines


Summer 2015


Summer 2016