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NSF GRADUATE TEACHING FELLOWS IN K-12 EDUCATION  (GK-12)  Crosscutting Programs  NSF Wide Programs

This program has been archived.
Name Dir/Div Name Dir/Div
Sonia  Ortega OD/OISE  Carolyn  L. Piper  

Members of the NSF wide GK-12 Committee represent their respective NSF organizations. They contribute funds as well as intellectual and labor capital to the program. In addition to the GK-12 staff, members of the GK-12 committee are:

  • Deh-I Hsiung, Directorate for Education and Human Resources
  • Roosevelt Johnson, Directorate for Education and Human Resources
  • Joan Prival, Directorate for Education and Human Resources
  • Celestine Pea, Directorate for Education and Human Resources
  • Julio Lopez-Ferrao, Directorate for Education and Human Resources
  • Sally O’Connor, Directorate for Biological Sciences
  • Harriet Taylor, Directorate for Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering
  • Mary Poats, Directorate for Engineering
  • Elizabeth Rom, Directorate for Geosciences
  • Henry Blount, Directorate for Mathematics and Physical Sciences
  • Dana Lehr, Directorate for Mathematics and Physical Sciences
  • Tyrone Mitchell, Directorate for Mathematics and Physical Sciences
  • John Perhonis, Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences
  • Bernhard Lettau, Office of Polar Programs

General inquiries regarding this program should be made to the GK-12 staff at

For questions relating to contact:

  • Contact Center: If the Authorized Organizational Representatives (AOR) has not received a confirmation message from within 48 hours of submission of application, please contact via telephone: 1-800-518-4726; e-mail:


Solicitation  06-556

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 17-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 30, 2017. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 17-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.



SYNOPSIS This program provides funding to graduate students in NSF- supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines to acquire additional skills that will broadly prepare them for professional and scientific careers in the 21st century. Through interactions with teachers in K-12 schools, graduate students can improve communication and teaching skills while enriching STEM instruction in K-12 schools. Through this experience graduate students can gain a deeper understanding of their own scientific research. In addition, the GK-12 program provides institutions of higher education with an opportunity to make a permanent change in their graduate programs by incorporating GK-12 like activities in the training of their STEM graduate students. Expected outcomes include improved communication, teaching and team building skills for the fellows; professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers; enriched learning for K-12 students; and strengthened partnerships between institutions of higher education and local school districts.


This program provides educational opportunities for  Graduate Students . This program supports institutions which may provide support to individuals at those institutions . To inquire about opportunities in this program, contact one of the awarded institutions, available by clicking on the Awards link.

Online Evaluation Resource Library (OERL)

Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering (REESE)

What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program