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Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program

One of the longest-standing programs of Lilly Endowment is the Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program which began as a program for Indiana's public school teachers. It has evolved over the last 27 years to expand eligibility to teachers in private and parochial schools and to principals and assistant principals. The commitment behind this competitive program is to recognize and renew Indiana educators.

The Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program supports life-long learning among educators by enabling them to pursue dreams and passions, explore new areas of interest, expand existing talents, develop new ones and so forth. Renewal times are not vacations but opportunities for intentional exploration and reflection that will result in renewed energy, enthusiasm and creativity in teachers and thereby in classrooms and schools. The Endowment believes that thousands of Indiana students have benefited from their teachers' participation in this program.

For 2015, the Endowment announced that it will offer up to 100 grants of $10,000 each to Indiana's public and private school teachers (including guidance counselors and library/media specialists), principals and assistant principals for projects of the individual's choice.

In 2014, the Endowment granted 100 awards of $10,000 each for the pursuit of independent projects of an individual applicant's design and choice. The Endowment also encourages teams to submit collaborative proposals.

A statewide mass mailing of information about the Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program and instructions for applying is distributed in August. Proposals must be postmarked by Nov. 3, 2014. Applicants will be notified by early March.

The program director for this grant program is Barbara S. DeHart, 317/916-7345.

To read about the 2014 participants in the Teacher creativity Fellowship Program, click here.

For more information about the 2015 program, click here.