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 19, 2016 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.