Stanford Hollyhock Fellowship for High School Teachers

Hollyhock applications for 2016 will be available in mid-October.

Nearly half of all teachers leave the classroom within five years. In schools that serve low-income students, the turnover is even higher – leaving the most vulnerable students with the least experienced teachers. “Teachers often leave the profession just before they hit their stride and have a real mastery of their practice,” according to Pam Grossman, founding director at the Graduate School of Education’s Center to Support Excellence in Teaching. “We want to keep talented teachers in the classroom – it’s better for the students, and it’s better for schools.”

The Hollyhock Fellowship Program aims to help stop this revolving door by encouraging, supporting, and recognizing highly motivated early-career teachers and providing them with rich learning opportunities with colleagues nationwide. The program brings 100 teachers from high schools across the country with low-income student populations to Stanford University for two weeks of residential workshops -- for two consecutive summers -- that feature courses caught by university scholars and expert practitioners. Fellows also receive online coaching and mentorship for two school years. Teachers are awarded a stipend for participation, and the program covers all travel and boarding expenses. 

Features of the Fellowship:

  • 2-year program of professional development
    • 2 summers in residence at Stanford in workshops focused on teaching one’s core content area
    • Ongoing school year support, including online coaching and a networked professional community
  • Stipend for participation
  • All travel, room and board during summer program
  • Continuing education credits
  • Certificate of teacher leadership

Criteria for Selection:

Highly qualified applicants will have:

  • Total teaching experience between 2-7 years
  • A current teaching position in science, math, history, or English at a HS where >50% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch
  • A record of high quality teaching
  • Demonstrated leadership potential
  • Support from school leadership
  • Commitment to classroom teaching & professional growth at current school for duration of fellowship (2 years)
  • At least 2 same school colleagues who also apply & meet eligibility criteria

If you would like to be added to the Hollyhock Fellowship email list and receive periodic updates about the program, please register at

For application assistance, please contact the Hollyhock project team at or (650) 721-1660. 

Fall 2016

Hollyhock applications for 2016 will be available in mid-October.