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Pulitzer Center Teacher Fellowship

Application Deadline: September 22, 2021 at 11:59pm ET.

Fellows will examine systems of (in)justice by engaging with underreported global news stories from diverse media platforms. Fellows will explore media literacy skills and connect with journalists who cover stories on a range of pressing global issues from migration to racial justice and from climate change to incarceration. Ultimately, teachers will design standards-aligned units that guide students in making local connections to global issues, highlight the relationship between journalism and justice, cultivate empathy by centering underreported stories, and empower students to share their learning and take action.

  • National Fellowship track: Open to educators who teach in all U.S. states and territories
  • Chicago Fellowship track: Open exclusively to educators who teach in Chicago, IL


This Fellowship is open to all classroom teachers (grades four–12) working in public, charter, independent, and alternative schools in the United States and U.S. territories. Educators working with adults and youth in jails, prisons, or youth detention facilities are also encouraged to apply. Applicants must be currently teaching virtually or in person, and plan to continue teaching in their current school at least through the end of the 2021–22 school year.

Because all sessions will be held virtually, applicants must have stable internet access and a computer with a webcam and microphone.

Application Procedure

Fellows will participate in a virtual orientation on Saturday, October 23, and join eight weekly evening sessions from October 2021 through January 2022. Each evening session will be two hours long. The first five sessions will include seminars with award-winning journalists, and exploration and evaluation of underreported news stories on a variety of systemic issues. The remaining four sessions will focus on strategies and resources to engage students, unit brainstorming and development, and opportunities for peer feedback on unit drafts. All sessions will be held live via Zoom.

With the support of the Pulitzer Center education team, all Fellows will then…

  1. Write and revise a short unit with detailed lesson plans related to the Fellowship theme
  2. Facilitate their unit with students during the spring 2021 semester
  3. Evaluate their students’ work, and provide documentation of their project in the form of student work, lesson plans, teaching materials, evaluation materials, and/or images and video.

Official Website: Pulitzer Center Teacher Fellowship



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