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Internships, Fellowships and Scholarships in Education
Fellowships and Scholarships
Listed below are opportunities for Amherst students and alumni to apply for funding for internships, select alternative teaching programs and graduate study in Education.
Amherst College Fellowships
Funds are available for the study of law, medicine, economics, education and all of the traditional academic disciplines. The areas of graduate study for which larger fellowships are available are chemistry, geology, history, religion, philosophy, and study in the United Kingdom. Those available for apprenticeship or private tutoring as well as study at a graduate school are in the fields of music and theater.
Deadline: February 10
Class of ’54 Commitment To Teaching Fellowship For Alumni
Amherst is proud of its graduates who have chosen to teach in urban and other school systems where students may be considered “at risk” or are socio-economically disadvantaged. Through the generosity of the Class of 1954, which has established a Commitment to Teaching Fund, Amherst is able each year to award stipends to a limited number of Amherst graduates who have been teaching for ten years or less.
Stipends are intended to supplement teacher salaries and to encourage young alumni to pursue careers in teaching. Awards will be made to those Amherst graduate teachers who, in the opinion of a reviewing committee, best represent, through their applications, a serious long-term commitment to teaching these students. Application information is sent to alumni teachers in January. To receive this mailing alumni are asked to update their employment information in the Alumni Directory or contact the Career Center.
The Amherst College Career Center invites all continuing students to apply for financial assistance for confirmed summer work that affords them the opportunity to explore and/or prepare for potential careers in U.S. public school teaching. Please note that continuing students include first-year students, sophomores, juniors, and first-semester seniors who will be enrolled in classes during the upcoming Fall 2010 semester. Preference will be given to Amherst College students currently enrolled or considering enrollment in the Amherst College/Mount Holyoke Teacher Licensure Program. Applications from students exploring the field of public education and/or considering other paths to public school teaching will be considered as well.
What does Class of '54 Commitment to Teaching Summer Fellowships Fund?
The Class of ’54 Commitment to Teaching Summer Fellowships fund students who are participating in an 8-10 week (minimum of 320 hours) domestic or international internship with significant daily classroom teaching experience. Students must complete all 320 hours at one internship site. Students completing internships in the U.S. will receive up to $3,000 for travel, housing, living expenses, and a modest stipend. Students who live at home in the U.S. will receive up to $2,500. Student traveling abroad will receive up to $3,500. International students may be required to pay taxes on their awards. Students who are eligible for the Federal Work Study program may receive their internship funding through this program.
Students interested in applying for Class of ’54 Fellowships should complete the Civic Engagement Scholars award application by April 22, 2010. Questions? Please contact Dean Debra Krumholz, Assistant Director of the Career Center or call (413) 542-2265.
Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color
The Rockefeller Brothers Fund offers fellowships for students of color who wish to pursue a master’s degree in order to teach in American public schools. The goal of the Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color is to increase the number of highly qualified teachers of color in K-12 public education in the United States. Each year, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund invites Amherst College to nominate three juniors. The Fellowship provides financial assistance of up to $22,100 for a summer project, graduate school, and loan repayment. Application materials are available in the Career Center. For additional information, please contact Dean Debra Krumholz of the Career Center at 542-2265.
Deadline: varies; usually December
Center for Community Engagement Civic Engagement Scholars Program
There are several fellowships within the CES program dedicated to supporting students engaged in education-related opportunities during Interterm and summer. Contact the Center for Community Engagement for details.
Additional fellowship listings may be found in the Education fellowships section of the Career Center website.
Vela Summer Scholars
The Vela Scholars program is a year-round partnership between Amherst College and Amherst Regional Middle School designed to help students "rise and grow" to their full potential. The name Vela comes from the South African language Xhosa and literally means to rise and grow.
During the school year, Amherst students mentor and teach middle school students as an after-school teaching program. Each summer, around ten Amherst students participate in the Vela Summer Scholars program. For five weeks, these interns facilitate an intensive enrichment program for incoming seventh and eighth graders.
The Vela Summer Scholars internship is open to first-years, sophomores, and juniors. It runs in the month of July and includes a stipend and on-campus housing. Read the internship overview for more information. To learn more about the Vela Scholars, read some of the news stories about the program.
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Annual Amherst-Affiliated Work Experience Opportunities
Children’s Village Book for Boys Fellowship
The Children's Village, in Dobbs Ferry, New York, is the largest residential treatment center for neglected and abused boys in the country. A recent New York Times study ranked the center as one of the top five foster care agencies in the state of New York. Over 300 boys, who range in age from 6 to 18, attend the campus school, which is operated by the public school system, and live together in twenty-two small on-campus cottages. The mission of the Books for Boys program is to provide new books for all the boys on the Children's Village campus and to help the boys make lifelong connections to reading and writing. Adult staff, fellows, and volunteers serve as literacy role models who work to instill a passion for literature of all kinds. Amherst College students are invited to apply to this wonderful alumni-hosted summer fellowship program. Benefits: stipend and potential housing.
Contact the Center for Community Engagement for details.
For additional opportunities:
See Education job and internship listings in Experience and LACN. Members of the Career Center staff are also available to assist you with your search.
The Center for Community Engagement has ongoing partnerships with local public schools and educational enrichment programs. Contact them for details.