2021-2022 Fellowship & Application


The Duke TeachHouse is a living and learning community for graduates of Duke’s teacher preparation programs: Elementary, Secondary, and Master of Arts in Teaching Programs. The application process is competitive and highly selective. There are a total of six two-year Duke TeachHouse fellowships each year – with two to three fellows completing their fellowships and two to three new fellowships awarded.

About the 2021-2022 Fellowship -- What are the benefits and why should you apply? 

Housing & Personal/Professional Development Support
  • The 2020-2021 Resident Fellowship includes a stipend for housing and personal/professional development.

Weekly Professional Development 
  • TeachHouse provides weekly professional development opportunities including community dinners with leading educators and policy makers, retreats, and professional conferences. Specific recent weekly professional development activities include:
    • Discussing equity in education with Dr. Ronda Bullock, Co-Founder and Executive Director of we are and Holly Jordan, community activist and English Teacher at Hillside High School
    • Developing policy memos to address systemic inequities in fellows' own educational contexts 
    • Experimenting and incorporating project-based pedagogies in K-12 classrooms, including VR and stop-motion technology
International and domestic education-related travel opportunities 
  • TeachHouse fellows have visited Finland, Canada, Nepal, and Washington, D.C. on trips aiming to broaden fellows’ understanding of education on both a domestic and global scale 
  • Finland -- April 2018 -- Visited all levels of Finnish public education, including grades Pre-K to 12 and university teacher preparation programs to broaden understanding of a successful national structure of education 

  • Ottawa, Canada -- April 2019 -- Visited Renfrew County, Ottawa Public Schools with Pino Buffone, Director of Education for the district and Peter Gamwell, distinguished Canadian educator to explore creativity and innovation in the classroom 

  • Nepal -- July 2019 -- Partnered with Teach for Nepal to facilitate professional development for teachers in the Tulsipur, Dang region focused on classroom culture and student-centered lesson design  

  • Washington, D.C. -- Visited multiple DC public schools (K-12) and collaborated with school leaders, networked with nonprofit and policy professionals, and dialogued with other early career and experienced teacher-leaders


Expectations of Duke TeachHouse Fellows

  • To be classroom leaders and contribute meaningfully to improving the school’s teaching and learning environment by collaborating with faculty and administrators to identify, design, and launch an innovative solution to a pressing challenge in the school.
  • To positively contribute to and sustain a collaborative and supportive living-learning community with other fellows.
  • To participate in all fellowship activities including an annual retreat, community dinners, monthly peer leadership group meetings, and sponsored events.
  • To critically reflect on personal and professional development throughout the fellowship. 


To Apply

Complete the Online (Google Docs) Application.

For any questions, please contact Jan Riggsbee at jrigg@duke.edu or (919) 660-3077.