2023 Teaching Fellowship

2023 Civil Rights Teaching Fellowship

2023 Teaching Fellowship

Apply for the 2023 teaching fellowship, hosted by The National Center for Civil and Human Rights and presented by the R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation.

Educators are invited to apply for our inaugural Teaching Fellowship lead by the Center’s Education staff, guest scholars Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries and Dr. Vicki Crawford, and other educational professionals. A week-long summer institute will help educators refresh, expand, or inspire best practices for teaching the Civil Rights Movement. Educators will develop a community of support as they continue to meet with the Center team through the 2023-2024 school year.  

About the Fellowship

The Civil Rights Teaching Fellowship is composed of two parts: a summer institute and virtual meetings throughout the school year. Participants will first come together for a five-day summer institute at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. This year’s inaugural theme is “Navigating Change & The Historical Narrative.” 

Teaching Fellows will work with a slate of experts in the history and education fields on pedagogies, methodologies, and primary sources. They will have the opportunity to explore exhibits and archives in Atlanta and work together on ways to utilize museum and archival resources to support equitable and honest curriculum.  

Following the summer institute, Teaching Fellows will meet virtually throughout the 2023-2024 school year. In these meetings, Fellows will discuss how they are incorporating what they’ve learned during the summer institute, request assistance and gain insight from their cohort, and receive early access to and provide feedback on forthcoming NCCHR curriculum.

Who Should Apply?

We Want K-12 Educators Who: 

  • Cover social studies content related to civil or human rights at any grade level. 
  • Work at public, charter, or independent schools.  
  • Teach in the state of Georgia, particularly educators outside of the Metro Atlanta area.  
  • Seek new ways to adapt to an ever-changing landscape while remaining committed to teaching honest history.  

What are the Program Requirements?

Interested educators will need to complete the application linked below and attach the following items as either a pdf or document file format.   

  • Current Resume 
  • A Letter of reference from an administrator or mentor specific to this opportunity 
  • A personal essay describing why you are interested in participating in the Civil Rights Teaching Fellowship and what you hope to gain from the experience. Length: 1.5 – 2 pages Spacing: 1.5 lines  

Important Dates

  • April 25, 2023 – Applications close 
  • May 5, 2023 – Acceptance letters sent out  
  • May 15, 2023 – Participant Registration forms due  
  • June 25 – June 30, 2023 – Sumer Institute  
  • July 2023 – First stipend payment 
  • December 2023 – Second stipend payment

Stipend Information

Applicants who are selected for the Fellowship will receive a stipend of $2,000. Half of the stipend will be awarded following completion of the in-person portion of the program and the final half will be awarded at the end of calendar year 2023.


Lodging will be provided for participants who reside 75 miles or more from the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. 

Application Information

The deadline for submissions is 11:59 pm April 25, 2023.  

For questions regarding the Teaching Fellowship or the application process, please reach out to us at [email protected]. 

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights 2023 Civil Rights Teaching Fellowship is proudly sponsored by the R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation.