The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship is intended to support the intellectual and professional development of K-12 teachers in science, math, engineering, or technology fields who have the desire to bring their education and classroom expertise to Washington, DC, for the mutual benefit to Federal agencies and U.S. Congressional offices.
Selected candidates have the following program obligations:
- Must provide proof of U.S. citizenship upon accepting a Fellowship offer.
- Must be able to secure a leave of absence from teaching during the fellowship year.
- Must complete the 11-month full-time appointment (September - July) in Washington, DC.
- Must meet the Terms and Conditions spelled out in the offer letter of appointment provided by the AEF Program, including requirements for ethical conduct, and financial disclosure and conflict-of-interest.
- Must participate in the official professional development meetings organized for Fellows by the AEF Program.
- Must have health care coverage during the fellowship appointment. Fellows are eligible to participate in the ORISE health insurance plan if they do not have other health insurance coverage.
- Must establish an individual Professional Development Plan for the year.
- Must submit the requested written reports, presentations, and surveys related to the Fellowship experience.
- Must represent themselves as educators in a responsible and professional manner.
- Must not use the AEF Program name or their affiliation with the AEF Program in an unauthorized manner.
- Must, in managing their responsibilities throughout the fellowship, give priority to the duties assigned to them by their host office.
Fellows must also comply with all legal and ethical requirements subject to their individual appointments. An example of ethics guidelines for DOE sponsored Fellows can be viewed here (272KB).