Early Childhood Education Teaching Fellowship

For students pursuing the PhD in Educational Psychology

UIC's PhD program in Educational Psychology is offering three teaching fellowships for doctoral student candidates who are interested in urban early childhood education (ECE). The ECE Teaching Fellowship offers a 100% tuition and fee scholarship. In addition, teaching fellows will have a paid 50% teaching load each semester and an additional annual stipend of $9,000 for three years.

The fellowship program draws on the outstanding resources at the University of Illinois at Chicago, long-standing partnerships with Chicago Public Schools, and a gift from Marjorie Pelino.

Who should apply?

Early childhood education focus areas considered for the fellowships will be STEM, teacher professional development, teaching practice, and literacy, among others. Candidates with state licensure in early childhood education and past teaching experience with young children are preferred.

Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States who come from groups that have been historically underrepresented in graduate education. Historically underrepresented groups include: African American, Latinx, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islanders.

What will the ECE Fellows do?

During the three-year fellowship program, ECE fellows will complete comprehensive coursework and participate in collaborative network activities designed to prepare them to be successful early childhood scholars. The fellows will work collaboratively with UIC faculty in the College of Education, including teaching in the college’s early childhood teacher preparation programs (bachelor’s and master’s level) and/or engaging in program development and evaluation.

In addition, the ECE fellows will participate in a cross-university collaboration that will allow them to draw on the expertise of leading researchers and practitioners in early childhood. These activities will also assist scholars in developing national contacts that are essential for fostering successful careers in higher education.

Application process & deadline

The Early Childhood Education Teaching Fellowship application is due on December 1, 2020.

Applicants must complete an essay describing why they are interested in the Early Childhood Education Teaching Fellowship, and participate in an interview.

Please email the essay to Dr. Kathleen Sheridan at ksherid9@uic.edu and use the subject line “ECE Doctoral Teaching Fellowship.” In addition to the essay, applicants must complete the PhD application for Educational Psychology.