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

  • 2020 FFT Application Available: October 1, 2019

  • 2020 Application Deadline: January 2020

  • 2020 Award Notifications via Email: April 2020

  • 2020 Orientation Event: Spring 2020

  • 2019 Post-Fellowship Reports Due: September 12, 2019

  • 2019 Reflection Event: October 16, 2019