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Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program

Fellowships to USA K-12 Educators to
Enhance STEM Education on a National Scale

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - Office of Science

Deadline Date:

11/19/20 8:00 PM EST

Description:

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Fellowships to USA K-12 educators specializing in STEM disciplines to improve the quality of education on a national scale. Awardees will apply their classroom experience and knowledge to national education policy efforts and programming during the length of their fellowship while working in Federal agencies or in U.S. Congressional offices. The goal of the program is for Fellows to be 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.

Some outstanding contributions of past AEF Program Fellows include:

  • Designing new elements of national STEM education programs;
  • Implementing major components of national STEM education programs;
  • Initiating collaborations and partnerships among Federal agencies;
  • Drafting legislation and advising on policies that seek to improve K-12 education in the United States;
  • Creating web-based science education tools; and
  • Establishing and evaluating national and regional programs centered on school reform and teacher preparation in STEM.

Each participating Fellow must adhere to the following program obligations:

  • Provide proof of U.S. citizenship upon accepting a Fellowship offer.
  • Secure a leave of absence from teaching during the Fellowship year.
  • Complete the eleven-month full-time appointment (mid-August through mid-July) in Washington, DC. 
  • Meet the Terms and Conditions spelled out in the offer letter of appointment provided by the AEF Program, including requirements for ethical conduct, and financial disclosure and conflict-of-interest.
  • Participate in the official professional development meetings, conferences, field trips, and etc., organized for Fellows by the AEF Program.
  • Have health care coverage during the Fellowship appointment. Fellows are eligible to participate in the ORISE health insurance plan if they do not have other health insurance coverage.
  • Establish an individual Professional Development Plan for the year.
  • Submit the requested written reports, presentations, and surveys related to the Fellowship experience before the published deadlines.
  • Represent themselves as educators in a responsible and professional manner.
  • Only use the AEF Program name or the Fellow's affiliation with the AEF Program in an authorized manner.
  • Must, in managing their responsibilities throughout the Fellowship, give priority to the duties assigned to them by their host office.

AEF Program Fellows must also comply with all legal and ethical requirements subject to their individual appointments.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160768

Number of Grants:

The number of Fellowships awarded each year varies. The number of Fellowship positions is contingent upon available opportunities within participating agencies and availability of funds. In recent years the program has awarded between ten and twenty Fellowships a year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each AEF Program Fellow:
- Receives a monthly living stipend of $7,500.
- Has a travel allowance of up to $5,000 for approved travel requested by their host agency. Limitations on foreign travel will vary by agency.
- Develops professional development plans to guide individual professional development objectives outside their host office responsibilities with ongoing mentoring provided by the AEF Program.
- Has an education allowance of up to $1,000 for approved expenses aligned with the Fellow's individual professional development plan, including courses, conferences, and professional books.
- Receives professional development opportunities throughout the year, including opportunities for Fellows to interact with various organizations, associations, and experts who focus on STEM education.
- Is reimbursed for moving/relocation 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.
- Receives designated office space and agency/office-specific orientation and training.

Term of Contract:

The Einstein Fellowship is for eleven months, starting the third Monday in August with the initial program Orientation.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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 19, 2020 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.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline for the 2021-2022 program is November 19, 2020 at 8:00 pm Eastern Time.

Key Dates:
- Online Application Opens: August 3, 2020
- Application Deadline: 8:00 pm EST on November 19, 2020
- Notification to Semi-Finalists [Travel Arrangements made for Interviews in Washington, DC]: February 10, 2021
- Interviews in Washington, DC: March 6 - 8, 2021*
- Finalists Notifications: March 24, 2021
- Congressional Fellows Placement Interviews: Mid-June 2021**
- Fellows Arrive in Washington, DC: Mid-August 2021
- Orientation meeting for the 2021-2022 AEF Program Fellows: August 16 - 19, 2021

*Semi-finalists will travel to Washington, DC, on Saturday, March 6, 2021. Orientation will be on Sunday, March 7, followed by interviews on Monday, March 8 and possibly Tuesday, March 9.

**Applicants selected for a Congressional office placement will return for one week in June to interview with Congressional offices.

Applicants are encouraged to make the requests for recommendation letters as soon as possible. Applicants can make these requests as soon as they access the application system; they do not need to wait until their application is complete.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to inform their recommenders that they must submit their recommendation letters using the online system before the application deadline. Additionally, it is suggested that the applicant discuss this request in advance with potential recommenders, and allow adequate time for the recommender to act on this request.

Eligibility Information: https://science.osti.gov/wdts/einstein/Eligibility

Benefits: https://science.osti.gov/wdts/einstein/Benefits

Obligations: https://science.osti.gov/wdts/einstein/Obligations

How to Apply: https://science.osti.gov/wdts/einstein/How-to-Apply

Key Dates: https://science.osti.gov/wdts/einstein/Key-Dates

FAQs: https://science.osti.gov/wdts/einstein/Frequently-Asked-Questions

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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https://apps.orau.gov/einstein/Account/Login

U.S. Department of Energy
SC-27/ Forrestal Building
1000 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20585
SC.Einstein@science.doe.gov

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