A Fellowship Opportunity for Educators

We are currently seeking six educators to join a new K-12 Fellowship scheduled to begin in April 2023. All educators committed to teaching the humanities, including media specialists, librarians, curriculum specialists, after-school specialists, and home school teachers, are encouraged to apply.

Our use of the term “educator” encompasses anyone who is committed to creating inclusive learning experiences in a K-12 classroom. The cohort will consist of educators from across the state and will bring a wide range of humanities curriculum focus, from the elementary level to the high school level, allowing them to design new learning experiences that are easily accessible for both a physical classroom and remote use.

Pictured: Students from Alexa Weeks’ and Leatrice Woods’ classes develop virtual field trips of local Black history sites. – Photo by Peter Hedlund, Virginia Humanities

These fellowships are made possible by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Note: The deadline to apply for a was March 3, 2023. Details on the 2024 application will be posted here when available.

About the Fellowship

The cohort of six K-12 Educator Fellows will spend nine months creating two learning experiences with lesson plans (designed around the current Virginia Standards of Learning) and aid in planning a professional development offering in collaboration with other fellows and Virginia Humanities staff. Fellows will be given a stipend of $4000.00, and two relevant books needed for research. Fellows will also be given unique opportunities for collaborations with specialists in their areas of interest as well as Virginia Humanities staff. 


Fellows will be paid $4,000 in three installments. 

  • $1,000 on June 30, 2023
  • $1,000 on September 30, 2023
  • $2,000 when all deliverables are turned in on December 31, 2023


  • January 2023: Applications open
  • March 3, 2023: Application deadline
  • March 2023: Decisions announced
  • April 2023: Fellowship starts
  • December 2023: Fellowship ends

All fellows are strongly encouraged to focus lessons on historically excluded populations and peoples. Lesson plans and learning experiences created as part of the fellowship will be available online and free to all educators.

At the end of the fellowship, the goal is that the fellows will walk away equipped with deeper knowledge of both national and Virginia history, as well as a more profound understanding of how to bring the humanities into the classroom. Throughout this process, fellows will reflect extensively on how to create truly inclusive classroom experiences and will work collaboratively both with the cohort and with the Virginia Humanities team. We understand many educators are already doing this work and do not want to heavily add to these workloads — we encourage fellows to build upon work they might already be doing to help make their work accessible to other educators and classrooms. 

Virginia Humanities is wholly invested in cultivating partnerships that embody our commitment to inclusion, which is increasingly reflected in our cultural programming statewide. We deeply value the voices and work of marginalized communities and strongly encourage educators who represent the diverse and intersecting identities that contribute to the fabric of Virginia to apply for this fellowship.

More Information

For more information or questions contact Emma Ito at eito@virginia.edu.

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