The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to serve in the national education arena. The goal of the AEF Program is to provide outstanding STEM educators the opportunity to bring their insights, extensive knowledge, and practical experience as classroom educators to the legislative and executive branches to help inform the establishment and implementation of federal education programs.
AEF Program participants, or AEF Fellows, spend eleven months working in a Federal agency or in a Congressional office. Current sponsoring agencies include the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Through their work on Federal projects, participation in structured professional development activities, and interactions with colleagues, AEF Fellows gain understanding of the programs and resources available in the Federal government and develop new knowledge and skills that enhance their effectiveness as educator leaders.
The AEF Program requires that all applicants:
Be a U.S. citizen at the time of applying (by the November 16, 2017 application deadline).
Have a minimum of five years’ full-time classroom teaching experience prior to completing 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 11 months.
Current and former Einstein Fellows are not eligible to apply for a second fellowship.
Eligible individuals may apply a maximum of 3 times within a 6 year period.
A monthly living stipend of $7,500.
A travel allowance of up to $5,000 for approved travel related to their host agencies and approved professional development opportunities. Limitations on foreign travel will vary by agency.
An education allowance of up to $1,000 for approved educational expenses aligned with the Fellows’ individual professional development plans.
Reimbursement for moving/relocations expenses up to $3,500 for Fellows relocating from outside of the Washington, DC, area.
Einstein Fellows are 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.
Additional Salary Information: Additional information about the program, including a complete list of the eligibility requirements, program benefits, application requirements, and access to the online application system may be found at: http://science.energy.gov/wdts/einstein/.
About Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to serve in the national education arena. Fellows spend eleven months working in a Federal agency or in a U.S. Congressional office, bringing their extensive knowledge and experience in the classr...oom to education program and/or education policy efforts.
Current sponsoring agencies include: the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The DOE sponsors up to four placements in congressional offices.
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Education Fellowship Program is managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists in collaboration with the sponsoring agencies and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE).