2023-2024 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 twelve Duke TeachHouse residential fellows each year – with typically four to five open seats annually. 

About the 2023-2024 Fellowship: What are the benefits and why should you apply? 

Housing & Personal/Professional Development Support
  • The 2023-2024 Resident Fellowship includes a stipend of $8000 to support housing costs 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 Holly Jordan, a Language Arts teacher and advisor at Carolina Friends Upper School (Durham, NC), and Toni Graves Williamson, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Friends School Select (Pennsylvania) 
    • Collaborating with educators from local schools and universities through the TeachHouse Virtual Learning Community and Annual UnConference as well as onsite events 
    • Experimenting and incorporating culturally affirming project-based pedagogies in K-12 classrooms 
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. -- March 2020 -- 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. The fellowship has a rolling application deadline; candidate interviews will begin mid to late April.

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