Intellectual Freedom Fellowship
NCTE announces a new Intellectual Freedom Fellowship
2022 Intellectual Freedom Fellowship
NCTE announces a new Intellectual Freedom Fellowship— applications due September 15, 2022.
Intellectual freedom, in spite of widespread public support, is being attacked by many factions seeking to ban or otherwise censor school reading material. Recognizing the likelihood of growing censorship challenges, NCTE augmented its decades of support for teachers beginning in January 2021. Along with many of its partners, NCTE addressed the rising tide of censorship in schools and school libraries in Freedom to Teach: Statement Against Banning Books. Through several fronts, including its Standing Committee Against Censorship, NCTE continues to respond to this moment with a combination of leadership, advocacy, and direct support for teachers encountering challenges, while seeking to build on the strengths the organization brings to the defense of intellectual freedom.
Therefore, NCTE announces a new Intellectual Freedom Fellowship.
The Intellectual Freedom Fellowship is designed to fund research, at any stage, on censorship in K–12 English language arts classrooms. In addition to engaging in research, the Fellow will participate in public communications and advocacy with NCTE to share the unfolding research and its implications for teachers and students in K–12 English language arts classrooms via multiple communication channels.
Researchers may submit only one research proposal. All members of the research team listed in the proposal must be members of NCTE at the time of proposal submission.
- Relevance to K–12 ELA classrooms
- Relevance to the NCTE membership at large
- Demonstrated ability to disseminate progress and findings with the support of NCTE
- Quality of the research/research proposal
- Alignment with NCTE’s Mission and Vision and Diversity Statement, as well as the charge for the Standing Committee Against Censorship
Applicants will propose a research project specifically focused on censorship of books and curricular materials within K–12 English language arts contexts. The research can involve work already underway or work that the Fellow needs support to begin.
Please submit the following materials via the form below :
- Current CV or résumé
- 750- to 1,000-word description of the research to be conducted, or in progress, including the identified gap in current practice, research question, methods, and proposed timelines. This proposal will undergo blind peer review.
- 400- to 500-word statement on the Fellow’s strengths as a communicator across multiple and varied channels. This statement could include discussion of scholarly and public writing, presentations for webinars, or participation in effective social media campaigns.
Stipend, Dates, and Responsibilities of the Fellow
- The Fellow will be paid a stipend of $2,500 to use to forward research about censorship in K–12 contexts,
- to be disbursed on December 1, 2022, and May 15, 2023.
- The Fellow is responsible for submitting a midpoint report by May 1, 2023, that outlines progress made on the research and plans for moving the research forward.
- The Fellow is responsible for communicating with NCTE and contributing essential information to guide a dissemination strategy that NCTE will manage.
The Fellow will develop three to five unique pieces or presentations. Possibilities include making presentations to NCTE affiliates; writing for or presenting to peer organizations; writing blog posts in NCTE-allied outlets; conducting social media engagements; and giving briefings to political representatives at the local, state, and/or national level, in concert with NCTE guidance.
Applications are due by September 15, 2022, 11:59 p.m. ET, and should be submitted by completing the application form below.
The recipient of the fellowship will be notified in November 2022, and the year of the fellowship will conclude in November 2023.