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Agency:U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
Program:Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship provides a unique professional development opportunity for accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to serve in the national education arena. Fellows spend eleven months working in a federal agency or in a U.S. Congressional office, bringing their extensive knowledge and experience in the classroom to education program and/or education policy efforts. Current host agencies include the U.S Department of Energy (DOE), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Act was signed into law in November 1994 and gave the DOE the responsibility for administering the program. The DOE’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists, which is located in the Office of Sciences, manages the program in collaboration with the Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.

Einstein Fellows have made a number of outstanding contributions to the field, which include:

  • Designing and implementing national science, math, and technology education programs;
  • Initiating collaborations and partnerships among federal agencies;
  • Drafting legislation and advising on policies that seek to improve K-12 education in the United States;
  • Creating web-based science education programs; and
  • Establishing and evaluating national and regional programs centered on school reform and teacher preparation in STEM disciplines.


The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship requires that all applicants:

  • Be a U.S. citizen at the time of applying;
  • Have a minimum of five years of full-time classroom teaching experience prior to completing the application;
  • Have been teaching full-time in a public or private elementary or secondary school for at least five of the last seven years in a STEM discipline;
  • Be currently employed full-time in a public or private elementary or secondary school or school district;
  • Be able to provide a letter of recommendation from a school district official as one of their three required letters of recommendation; and
  • Be able to obtain approval for a leave of absence from teaching in order to participate in the program for the full 11 months.

Additional Requirements

  • Current and former Einstein Fellows are not eligible to apply for a second fellowship.
  • Eligible individuals may apply a maximum of 3 times within a 6 year period.

Additional Information

Last Updated: March 13, 2014

Last Modified: 04/02/2014