Frequently Asked Questions
What "program" do I belong to?
For our purposes a "program" is a network of schools of which your school is a member (i.e. New Visions for Public Schools, BPE, Expeditionary Learning Schools, etc.) If your school is not part of one of the listed programs, select the "All Other Schools" option.
Do you sell my email address?
Fund for Teachers and their collaborating partners do not sell or distribute email addresses.
I work at a year round school, when can I take my fellowship?
Teachers who are employed by yearlong institutions may use their funds during any of the periodic school breaks.
Does the team lead receive all the grant funds?
Team award funds are equally distributed between all members.
Can I see what other teachers have done on their fellowships?
For examples of awards previously given by FFT, visit: fundforteachers.org/fellows.php
After being awarded, how many years do I have to wait to apply again?
Three Years, Notice: Effective October 1, 2015, that number will increase to five years.
Can I apply as both a team and an individual?
No, applicants may only submit one application per grant year. Identical applications will not be considered; proposals must be written by the person(s) participating in the fellowship.
Does student or substitute teaching count toward the 3 year eligibility criteria?
No. You need to have at least 3 years teaching experience as a classroom teacher. You may be in your 3rd year at the time you apply.
Do I need to mail anything to Fund for Teachers?
The entire application is completed online, including digital signatures. There is no need to mail anything.
Can you give me an example of a brief project description?
For sample project descriptions visit: fundforteachers.org/apply/guidelines/documents/Sample-Project-Descriptions.pdf.
How many pages is 18,000 characters?
18,000 characters includes spaces and punctuation and is the equivalent of approximately four typed pages. You will not be able to advance to the itemized budget page if you exceed 18,000 characters.
Why should I compose my proposal in a word processor?
Using a word processor makes it easier to complete the proposal by allowing you to keep track of the character count and can help prevent the loss of data.
Can I use quotes within my proposal?
Yes but do not copy jargon from tour guides, brochures or web sites. Cite your sources.
Does the application have to be completed all at one time?
The online application does not have to be completed in one sitting. You may save your work and return later. The "clock" will reset after every save; the system will time-out after thirty (30) minutes. Save often.
Who is considered part of the school community?
School community includes colleagues, administration, student body, parents and local businesses.
Selection / Notification
How do you choose grant winners?
Each eligible application is reviewed by a Selection Committee comprised of educators, Fellows and corporate and civic volunteers, and ranked using the Scoring Rubric.
What does a "blind" selection process mean?
A blind selection means we remove the cover sheet and all identifying verbiage from the proposal prior to the review and selection process. The committee bases their review and scoring solely on the merit of the proposed project.
How many grants do you fund?
We award grants until the proposal quality diminishes or the funding is depleted.
Is there a preference between team and individuals?
No, all applications are based on the merit of the proposal. If applying as a team, be clear about your collaborative efforts.
When will I be notified?
Applicants will be notified of the selection committee results by April 3, 2015.
Do I receive notification even if I am not awarded?
Yes, all applicants receive notification of the selection committee results.