APPLICATIONS: The application process for the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship is carried out online. The application opens October 1 of each year.


ELIGIBILITY: Each applicant must:

Be a U.S. citizen at the time of selection (March 15);

Have a minimum of five years full-time classroom teaching experience prior to completing the application;

Have been teaching full time in a public or private elementary or secondary school for at least five of the last seven years;

Provide three recommendations one of which is from a school district official;

Be currently employed full-time in a public or private elementary or secondary school or school district. 



On-line application opens October 1, 2010
Deadline for fellowship application January 4, 2011
Application Review 5-6 Weeks
Approximately 35 semi-finalists will be notified and travel arrangements made to interview in Washington, DC  Week of Feb. 14, 2011 
Interviews in Washington, DC for all Fellowship positions  March 5-7, 2011
Fellows selected and notified  by April 1, 2011
Congressional Fellows interviewed and placements finalized  May - Sep. 2011
Fellows arrive in Washington, DC  August 2011
Orientation meeting for the 2010-2011 Einstein Fellows  August 30 - Sep. 1, 2011(tentative dates) 

SELECTION CRITERIA: Fellowship selections are based on evidence of:

Demonsrated excellence in teaching science, mathematics, or technology;

An experimental and innovative attitude in their approach to teaching;

Sustained professional growth in the art of teaching in a STEM discipline;

Professional involvement and leadership in a chosen field;

Demonstrably strong interpersonal and communication skills needed to serve in a public policy environment; and

Knowledge of local, state and national policies which affect education. 


Albert Einstein Fellows bring to Congress and federal government agencies the extensive knowledge and experience of classroom teachers. Fellows provide practical insights and "real world" perspectives to policy makers and program managers developing or managing educational programs. During the Fellowship, each Einstein Fellow receives a monthly stipend plus a cost of living allowance (see below for details). In addition, there is a moving/relocation allowance as well as a professional travel allowance for each Fellows.

Some of the outstanding contributions of Einstein Fellows include:

Drafting legislation and influencing policy that seek to improve K-16 education in the United States; Initiating collaborations and establishing partnerships between federal agencies;

Designing and implementing national science, math, and technology education programs;

Creating web-based science education programs;

Establishing and evaluating national and regional programs centered on school reform and teacher preparation in science, mathematics, and technology; and creating and producing educational curricula and products with national distribution.

DURATION OF FELLOWSHIP: Einstein Fellows spend a school year(11 months: September-July) in a professional staff position in the host Agency's sponsoring office. Currently Fellows are serving at the Department of Energy (DOE), NASA, NOAA and the National Science Foundation. In upcoming years, additional positions may be available at other federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Institue of Standards and Technology (NIST). 

STIPEND: Fellows receive a monthly stipend of $6,000 along with a $1,000 monthly cost of living allowance. In addition, there is a moving/relocation allowance as well as a professional travel allowance. Moving budgets over the past two years have average approximately $3,000, depending upon distance from Washington, D.C. 

SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION? View our 2010 Tips for Applicants here.

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