Make a Difference--Become a Woodrow Wilson Fellow


Valpo is looking to change the landscape of science and mathematics teaching, starting in Northwest Indiana. If you are a committed individual with a background in one of the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—consider this opportunity to make a lasting impact on students in high need school districts.  The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship Program offers a rigorous pedagogical preparation, extensive practical experience in secondary classrooms, and ongoing mentoring. We prepare teachers with strong subject knowledge and good teaching skills to serve in high need school districts of the region.  Valparaiso University is the only university in Northwest Indiana that has partnered with the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. If you want to make a real difference come and join us to gain the teaching skills and state credentials you need.

The Teaching Fellows program is held on the Valparaiso University campus, online, and on site at the partner schools. Fellows  take part in K-12 classroom activities from day one of the school year with increasing responsibilities. Fellows observe and learn best practices in science and mathematics teaching and apply this knowledge in the classroom through co-teaching their classes.  The Woodrow Wilson Fellowship does not end after receipt of the master's degree.  During the three year paid teaching commitment beyond the master's degree we provide continued support and mentoring by experienced professionals.   In addition to the $30,000 Woodrow Wilson scholarship participants also receive a $6,500 scholarship fromScience Valparaiso University.

At the graduate level, Valparaiso university has long served the needs of adult learners and career changers through programs such as the Initial Licensure, and Lutheran Education Alliance with Parochial Schools (LEAPS) programs. Our Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellows program incorporates the best elements of the existing programs and provides new and enhanced opportunities for participants.


The Fellowship is open to college seniors, graduates, and career changers who:

  • have majored in and/or have a strong professional background in a STEM field (science, technology, engineering, or math);
  • demonstrate a commitment to the program and its goals;
  • have U.S. citizenship or permanent residency;
  • have attained, or expect to attain by June 30, 2015, a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university;
  • have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale*

* Note: Candidates who can demonstrate excellence through other avenues will also be considered. All applications are considered in their entirety and selection is based on merit.


The Graduate School at Valparaiso University encourages applicants with backgrounds in mathematics, earth science, chemistry, physics, and biology to apply for the fellowship.  


Application deadline information can be found at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowships Website. Click here for more information.