Fund for Teachers Fellowships

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Fund for Teachers (FFT) grants offer PreK-12th Grade Chicago Public School teachers the opportunity to develop summer fellowship experiences around the learning needs of their unique student and school populations, and ultimately aim to enhance the skills necessary to address those needs.




Applicants self-design research-based projects and submit proposals that detail how a FFT Fellowship would support their quests to become better teachers.  Applicants explain how they plan to transfer their improved skills to the classroom, their colleagues, and their school communities. A panel of foundation, corporate, and community leaders evaluates these proposals and selects those likely to result in the greatest impact. Individual teachers are awarded up to $5,000 and teams of two or more teachers are awarded up to $10,000. 


Since 2006, 375 Chicago fellows have traveled to more than 50 countries across six continents to explore countless ideas, terrains, and cultures. 



If you’d like to learn more about the Fund for Teachers Program, please visit the website of our national partner: This site includes an “Application Learning Center”, which helps any interested applicant through the process:


Dates and Deadlines

  • 2018 FFT Application: Now Open!
  • Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 31, 2019
  • Award Notifications Sent: Early April 2019
  • Orientation Event: April 2019
  • Fellowship Experiences: June – August 2019
  • Post-Fellowship Reports Due: September 2019
  • Reflection Event: October 2019

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