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Selection Process

Each year, New Visions convenes an FFT selection committee of educators, corporate and civic leaders and past grant recipients. The selection committee reviews applications without knowing the applicants' identity. Applications are evaluated using the scoring rubric developed by FFT and its administrative partners. It is highly recommended that all applicants review the scoring rubric and other application tools when developing their applications.

Applications for 2015 are now closed. 2016 application information will be posted in October 2015 with a deadline to apply by January 29, 2016.  All applicants will be notified of decisions by late April 2016.

Fellowship Requirements

Awarded FFT fellows for the summer of 2015 will complete the following requirements to maximize the impact of their project and fulfill the terms of their award:


Attend a fellowship orientation in April to begin building a cohort of fellows, past and present.

During the Fellowship

Document the fellowship experience.


  • Integrate the experience into classroom practice through the development of curriculum units.
  • Share ideas regarding the implementation and integration of curriculum units into classes and schools.
  • Participate in an independent New Visions evaluation of the Fund for Teachers' initiative. The purpose of the evaluation is to assess the impact of fellowship experiences on the personal and professional lives of teachers.
  • Submit these documents to New Visions (deadline forthcoming).
  • A reflective report describing your experience.
  • A detailed expense report.
  • A curriculum unit in alignment with the New York State K-12 teaching standards that is to be developed and modified from your application proposal, based on your experience and the academic plan for the upcoming year.
  • By May 2015, submit to New Visions your revised curriculum unit along with a description of curriculum implementation and, if applicable, collaboration with colleagues. Final drafts of curriculum units will be posted on New Visions' open source Web site.