• Master class with Basil Twist. Photo by Pat Swain.

The Don Quixote Fellowship

When teachers are inspired, students benefit. The Don Quixote Fellowship supports idealistic, romantic, creative, impractical, adventurous projects born of teachers’ passions.

Projects need not relate directly to classroom practice: a science teacher might study Inuit poetry in Alaska or a pre-K teacher might carve a fifteen-foot marble sculpture. We are looking for applicants who use ingenuity in planning an original experience.

Learn about The Academy’s 2018 Don Quixote Fellows.

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The Don Quixote Fellowship is open exclusively to Fellows of The Academy for Teachers who have taught for more than five years and who intend to remain in education for the foreseeable future.

Project Timeline

Fellowship projects should conclude by September 1, 2018. Recipients will be asked to present their experiences to other Academy for Teachers Fellows in the fall of 2018.

How to Apply

A proposal should demonstrate that the applicant is knowledgeable about the nature of the project, is capable of completing the project, and has done sufficient research regarding logistics.

The online application requires the following materials:


No longer than one page. List teaching and relevant work experience, educational background, honors and awards, as well as hobbies, interests, and skills.

Fellowship Experience Proposal

No longer than 1,000 words. Include:

  1. Project title
  2. Fifty-word summary
  3. Rationale for the project, describing why it is important to you
  4. A detailed timeline of activities (when, where, how, and with whom)


In an Excel spreadsheet, list all expenses. Provide sources and explain how you arrived at each amount. In most cases, the grant will be subject to federal income tax, so please include a line item to cover tax liability. Financial reporting instructions will be sent to grant recipients following the announcement of awards.

Letters of Recommendation

Please arrange for two letters of recommendation, each to be emailed by the recommender directly to rebecca@academyforteachers.org. Strong letters of recommendation reflect the writer’s familiarity with both the applicant and the proposed project.