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Franklin Fellows are current and former public school educators who are willing to leverage their expertise and time to help shape education policy in their state or nationally. Fellows provide critical research and intellectual works that help educate policymakers with the ultimate goal of improving outcomes.

About the Fellowship:


Qualifications & Expectations

Franklin Fellows must have a minimum of 6 years experience as a public school teacher (any grade, any subject), an undergraduate degree, and a willingness to dedicate 18-months to the Foundation as a fellow on a part-time basis (12 hours per month).
Franklin Fellows will: 
  • Leverage current expertise in areas of public education policy, state budget and tax policies, education finance, economic development, and special education.
  • Produce reports and other materials for use by the Foundation and public policy affiliates to further advocacy efforts for public schools.
  • Track and analyze legislative proposals at the state and federal level and create recommendations for policy changes.
  • Engage with media, policymakers and their staffs, and community organizations.

Outcomes & Benefits

Franklin Fellows assist the Foundation in its development of education policy, as well as aids in the development of public education policy recommendations on behalf of the Foundation. Fellows work part-time for the organization while maintaining their careers as public school educators. We feel it is important for fellows to be heavily immersed in public school infrastructure to ensure their day-to-day experiences are what drive their recommendations and analysis.
Fellows will receive a stipend for their participation in the program based upon funding as well as location. The Foundation will initially accept 8 fellows, 2 each in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Delaware. Other states will be added over time. Applications for the fellowship program will open in 2018 unless otherwise noted.

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit their information via our volunteer form.