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Teacher Programs Fellowships

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To aid Chicago’s efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Teacher and Student Programs will run virtual programs (via Zoom) for the duration of 2020-21.


The library will regularly post operations updates to our COVID-19 update page.


Newberry Teacher Fellowships are opportunities for teachers to create online classroom resources. These resources are based on primary source collections at the Newberry Library and featured on Digital Collections for the Classroom (DCC)–a vibrant and growing repository of digital essays and digitized archival sources that cover topics including literature, US history, world history, world languages, geography, visual arts, music, and religion.


Past Teacher Fellows have contributed to the DCC site by conducting original primary research in the library, writing essays on a topic, and developing supplementary classroom materials like lesson and unit plans. Fellowship projects have ranged from the Anti-Slavery Movement in Chicago and Illinois, to Other Americans in the American Revolution, to African Americans in the Midwest.


For 2020-2021, we invite applicants with a knowledge of the Newberry Library’s DCCs and a strong interest in producing materials focused on primary source analysis and classroom application. These materials will be created for the Teacher Fellow’s use in their own classrooms, and will be published on the Newberry’s DCC page for other educators’ access and use. This year, we seek an author of supplementary classroom materials to accompany already-published DCCs.


Practicing K–12 public, private, and parochial school teachers are eligible to apply 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 one Teacher Fellowship during the 2020-2021 school year:


Generously funded by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Chicago Chapter on American Women or Early American History, this Teacher Fellow will develop supplementary lesson plans and activities for an existing Digital Collection for the Classroom (DCC) focused on American women’s history and/or early American history, broadly conceived. The fellowship is open to K–12 public and private school teachers anywhere in the US, and is $1000. Unlike past years, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is no in-person research residency requirement for the 2020-2021 Teacher Fellow.


The deadline for all application materials is 9 am CST on Monday, September 14, 2020. Additional fellowship information and application requirements can be found here.


For other inquiries, please email Kara Johnson, Manager of Teacher & Student Programs, at johnsonk@newberry.org.


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.