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Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program 2017/2018 for K-12 Educators.

Application Deadline: November 17, 2016 at 8:00PM Eastern Time.

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to serve in the national education arena. Fellows spend eleven months working in Federal agencies or in U.S. Congressional offices, applying their extensive knowledge and classroom experiences to national education program and/or education policy efforts.

At the end of the Fellowship, educators are prepared to return home, equipped with access to a national network of education leaders and programs, a better understanding of the challenges and possibilities in STEM education, and a renewed passion for teaching, ready to make significant contributions to their schools and school districts.

Eligibility Requirements:

Eligibility for the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program requires that all applicants:

  • Be a U.S. citizen at the time of applying (by the November 17, 2016 application deadline).
  • Have a minimum of five complete years of full-time classroom teaching experience prior to submitting the application. Student teaching does not count toward this minimum full-time teaching requirement.
  • Have been teaching full-time in a public or private elementary or secondary school for at least five of the last seven years in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) discipline. Current employment may be as an educator or district official.
  • Be currently employed full-time in a public or private elementary or secondary school or school district in the U.S.
  • Be able to provide a letter of recommendation from a school district official as one of their three required letters of recommendation.
  • Be able to obtain a leave of absence from teaching in order to participate in the program for the full eleven months.

In addition:

  • Current and former AEF Program Fellows are not eligible to apply for a second fellowship.
  • Eligible individuals may apply a maximum of three times within a six year period


Each AEF Program Fellow:

  • Spends eleven months in a Federal agency or U.S. Congressional office engaged in education policy and/or program related activities, bringing their experience as an educator to the offices in which they serve.
  • Receives professional development opportunities throughout the year, including opportunities for Fellows to interact with various organizations, associations and experts who focus on STEM education.
  • Receives a monthly living stipend of $7,500.
  • Has a travel allowance of up to $5,000 for approved travel related to their host agency assignments and approved professional development opportunities. Limitations on foreign travel will vary by agency.
  • Has an education allowance of up to $1,000 for approved educational expenses aligned with the Fellow’s individual professional development plan.
  • Is reimbursed for moving/relocations expenses up to $3,500 for Fellows relocating from outside of the Washington, DC area.
  • Is eligible to receive a stipend of up to $550 per month (individual plan) or $1,300 per month (family plan) to offset the cost of health insurance.
  • Develops professional development plans to guide individual professional development objectives outside their host office responsibilities with ongoing mentoring provided by the AEF Program.
  • Receives designated office space and agency/office-specific orientation and training.

How to Apply:

Application Requirements

  • All applications to the AEF Program must be completed online through the online application systemExternal link.
  • The online application system will guide applicants through the application requirements. The Check Your Status page will keep applicants informed on the status of their applications before and after the application is submitted.
  • Applicants must meet all the eligibility requirements.
  • All applications, including recommendations, are due by the specified application deadline.
  • Only complete applications submitted by the deadline will be considered for evaluation and placement.
  • Materials uploaded into the application system will provide the sole basis for evaluation.

The Application requirements include:

1. Completion of all required fields in the applications, including:

  • Contact Information;
  • Education Background (formal education and continuing education);
  • Teaching and Professional Experience;
  • Professional Awards and Recognition;
  • Citizenship Status;
  • Interest in Federal Agency and/or Congressional Office Placement; and
  • Five Essay Questions.

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