Co-create timely and needed civic learning activities with Mount Vernon resources in July 2021.

On-site Fellowship Dates

July 6-23, 2021

2021-2022 Teacher Fellowships (onsite)

Five (5) fellows will be selected to:

  • Work together, with Mount Vernon staff, to design a slate of civics resources
  • Develop resources for multiple grade levels and differentiated learning styles
  • Ensure alignment with current classroom needs
  • Integrate George Washington's biography, his leadership, and the value of learning about his legacies 

Who Can Apply

Educators may apply as individuals, or in groups of two or three. The strongest combination of applicants will be awarded, fellowships. Successful applicants must demonstrate their achievement in collaborative curriculum development and provide their ideas about creating inclusive civics and leadership activities that integrate George Washington's biography, leadership, and complex legacies for today's classroom. Qualified applicants include exceptional classroom teachers (grades K-12), curriculum specialists, media specialists, and those engaged in university-level teacher training or non-profit educational resources development. 

Fellowship Requirements

  • Participate in all of the onsite portions of the fellowship (July 6-July 23, 2021) 
  • Submit (as a team) 5 or more classroom-ready resources for digital publication
  • Provide feedback based on classroom experience using the resources in the 2021-22 school year

Fellowship Award

All fellows will be awarded a $3000 stipend and round-trip travel to and from Mount Vernon in July. Housing and breakfast will be provided. All other meals and incidentals will be the responsibility of the fellow. 

How to Apply 

The online application will ask for a resume, references, and evidence of your work in team-based curriculum creation.  Applicants will also be invited to share their ideas about creating inclusive civics and leadership-based classroom activities that integrate George Washington's biography, leadership, and complex legacies. 

Important Dates

Important Dates

Applications Open: March 1, 2021

Applications Close: March 22, 2021

Fellowships Awarded: May 7, 2021

Fellows Onsite: July 6 to July 23, 2021


All Facilities will adhere to all COVID-19 requirements set forth by the Governor of Virginia. Up-to-date protocol for guests at Mount Vernon can be found here.

The Fred W.Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington
Teacher Fellows will enjoy unparalleled access to the extensive resources of the 45,000 square‐foot Washington Library. The Library is designed to house and safeguard original Washington documents and other materials from the founding era, as well as contemporary research tools and resources.  

George Washington's Mount Vernon 
By working on George Washington’s estate, fellows will enjoy the opportunity to connect and collaborate with Mount Vernon’s onsite experts in informal learning, early American history, preservation, archaeology, and other relevant fields.

The Alexandrian Hotel
As part of the award package, fellows will be housed in single rooms at the Alexandrian Hotel in Old Town Alexandria, Autograph Collection. Access to a free breakfast, Wi-Fi, and parking are included. Free daily shuttles to and from the Washington Library (10 miles away) will be provided.

About the Program

The Life Guard Teacher Fellowship Program was established in 2013 to support the creation of classroom materials and teacher resources about the life, legacy, and leadership of George Washington. The Reese Fellowship Program began in 2017 to support increased student engagement with 18th-century sources by connecting high school students with print and handwritten primary sources. Fellows work closely with the staff at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington as they research and produce work to be distributed to a national audience.

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