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Deadline Near for $20,000 Governor's Teaching Fellowships

Nov. 20 the Last Day to Submit Applications

Students interested in the Governor's Teaching Fellowship Program, which provides $20,000 year-long fellowships for individuals who would like to teach for at least four years in low performing schools, have until Monday, Nov. 20, to turn in applications for the January 2001 awards.

Established recently by Gov. Davis to address California's teacher shortage, the $20 million competitive fellowship program is focused on attracting and retaining high quality teachers. Beginning in January, it will award the non-renewable fellowships to the 250 most meritorious students enrolled full-time in a teacher credential program to help pay for education and living expenses. Then, beginning in September 2001, 1,000 fellowships will be awarded annually.

Over the next decade, there is a projected need to hire 250,000 to 300,000 new teachers in the state. Also, there are more than 30,000 teachers in California using emergency permits. Research shows that teacher quality is one of the most important factors in student performance.

To be eligible for a fellowship, candidates must be enrolled in a full-time, non-intern teacher preparation program at California State University, University of California, or an independent college or university, and make a four-year commitment to teach in low performing schools. Eligibility requirements also include:

  • Proof of admission to and/or enrollment in a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) accredited teacher education program
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited school or university
  • Verified academic and employment record
  • Documented experience in working with children

For more information and to download an application, visit, or request an application by e-mail at: or by telephone at: 866-824-7335.

The program is administered by the Chancellor's Office of the California State University in collaboration with the University of California, California Community Colleges, the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, the State Department of Education, and the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to ensure that access to the fellowship is available to students in a variety of teaching preparation programs.

November 3, 2000