Leonore Annenberg Teaching Fellowships

Woodrow Wilson National Foundation Leonore Annenberg Teaching Fellowships



The Leonore Annenberg Teaching Fellowship program will support current junior and senior undergraduate students as well as recent alumni of Penn's four undergraduate schools in acquiring the expertise necessary to become successful teachers in urban public high schools. Over the course of two years, 20 students will be named Leonore Annenberg Teaching Fellows.


This prestigious fellowship includes a $30,000 scholarship and unique educational and mentoring benefits. Fellows will be placed in one of three high schools in West Philadelphia. This geographic focus will enable Fellows to work as a team with one another, school administrators and community partners towards systemic, positive change within schools and neighborhoods.


The Leonore Annenberg Teaching Fellowship is a partnership among the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, the Graduate School of Education, and the School of Arts and Sciences. Fellows will work closely with faculty mentors from these two Penn schools beginning in their junior or senior year. During their year as a Master’s student, Fellows will add a third mentor, a veteran high school teacher, who will work closely with them as they learn to teach. The Leonore Annenberg Teaching Fellows enjoy a number of benefits:


  • As undergraduates, Fellows will establish a relationship with the high school where they will do their student teaching and ultimately teach for their first three years.

  • As undergraduates, Fellows will have the opportunity to take part in school year and summer internships in West Philadelphia public schools.

  • Beginning in their junior or senior year, Fellows will participate in seminars with faculty members from SAS, GSE and the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, classroom teachers, mentors, and participants in the program.

  • Fellows will take courses and receive their Master’s degree through Penn’s nationally recognized urban-focused, social justice-oriented teacher preparation program. The MSEd program is carefully designed to prepare Fellows to be inquiry-oriented educators who are constantly learning as teachers. Courses in the MSEd program are based on the latest research and geared specifically toward supporting new teachers who are launching their careers in urban schools. As student teachers, Fellows spend 5 days a week in classrooms, staying in the same classroom for the entire year of the MSEd program.

  • Through ongoing activities that span disciplines, pedagogy, and practice, including seminars and a mentorship system, the program will support Fellows after their MSEd for at least the first three years in their teaching career.

  • Fellows may defer full time participation in the MSEd program for up to one year after being named Leonore Annenberg Teaching Fellows.

  • Fellows will receive a scholarship of $30,000 from the Woodrow Wilson National Foundation


For more information, contact:

Cory Bowman, Associate Director at the Netter Center for Community Partnerships - bowman@upenn.edu

NancyLee Bergey, Urban Education Minor Advisor at the Penn Graduate School of Educationnancylee@gse.upenn.edu

Maureen A. Cotterill, Center for Collaborative Research and Practice in Teacher Education at the Penn Graduate School of Education - maureenc@gse.upenn.edu