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Arkansas Teacher Corps (ATC) Fellowship

Fellowships to Arkansas Individuals
to Teach in K-12 Schools

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Arkansas Teacher Corps (ATC)

Deadline Date:

03/01/21 - for Expedited Decision Applications


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Fellowships to Arkansas individuals to improve K-12 education in eligible locations across the State. Fellows will be placed in a paid teaching position and will receive stipends, as well as training and a teaching license. The purpose of this program is to recruit, train, license, and support committed Arkansans as empowered teachers facilitating excellent, equitable education every day. ATC has partnered with over 30 schools across more than 20 school districts in the eastern and southern parts of Arkansas.

Arkansas Teacher Corps aims to: 

  • Strengthen the teacher pipeline in AR
  • Provide a grow-your-own pathway for AR schools
  • Increase student achievement

Arkansas Teacher Corps seeks to ensure that all students are empowered as rigorous learners, resilient individuals, and responsive leaders regardless of race/color, socioeconomic status, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ability/disability, and religion.

Priorities for Content Area, Grade Level, and Placement

ATC is recruiting and placing individuals to teach K-12, with highest preference for middle school, junior high, and high school positions. ATC prioritizes the following teaching placements in accordance with the critical shortage areas identified by the Arkansas Department of Education:

All Grades (K-12)

  • Art
  • French
  • Music
  • Spanish

Intermediate (Grades 4-8)

  • English/Language Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Secondary (Grades 7-12)

  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science (4-12)
  • English Language Arts
  • Family/Consumer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Social Studies

Placement Location

  • Northeast (ex: Blytheville, Osceola, West Memphis)
  • Central-east (ex: Forrest City, Helena, Marianna)
  • Southeast (ex: Dumas, Pine Bluff, Lake Village)
  • Southwest (ex: Hope, Prescott, Texarkana)

*NOTE: Central (Little Rock) placements are very rare.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177153

Number of Grants:

20-25 fellowships

Estimated Size of Grant:

ATC Fellows (beginning with the 2020 cohort) receive the following benefits:
- Full-time paid position with benefits in an ATC partner district
- $2,500 Transition Stipend at the beginning of the Fellowship
- $2,500 Completion Award at the end of the Fellowship
- Standard five-year teaching license upon completion of the program
- Opportunities to participate in other programs and activities such as seeking a graduate degree, loan forgiveness, tuition reimbursement and more

Term of Contract:

Accepted applicants from all deadlines (expedited, early, and regular) will begin Summer Institute together at the end of May of that application year and will begin teaching in their placement school that fall after the successful completion of Summer Institute.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any individual with a bachelor’s degree (or graduating with a bachelor’s degree by June of the application year) who can legally work in Arkansas is eligible to apply to become an ATC Fellow. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 and a GPA of 3.0 or higher is highly recommended; however, an exception is possible if the applicant has a GPA of at least 2.9 on their last 60 hours of coursework.

All applicants must be able to qualify to teach in Arkansas in order to be eligible for an ATC Fellowship. All ATC Fellows must be authorized to work in the U.S. through 2023 and must be able to pass state and federal background checks, including an Arkansas Child Maltreatment Registry check. Applicants who have had a teaching license revoked or suspended in another state are also ineligible.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are accepted between September and March every year and applicants may apply at any time. Applications will be reviewed after each of three yearly deadlines: Expedited – Nov 1, Early – Jan 1, and Regular – March 1.

The Arkansas Teacher Corps accepts applications between August and March every year. Applications are reviewed after each deadline, and select candidates will be invited to an in-person Final Interview, consisting of a sample lesson, group discussion, writing prompt, and an individual conversation with an ATC staff member.

Deadlines for 2021 Fellowship Applications:
- Expedited Decision – November 1, 2020
- Early Decision – January 1, 2021
- Regular Decision – March 1, 2021

Expedited Decision Timeline
- Application Deadline: Nov 1, 2020
- Notification of Invitation to Final Interview (or Regrets): Nov 9, 2020
- Final Interviews: Nov 16-20, 2020
- Notification of Fellowship Offer (or Regrets): Nov 30, 2020
- Deadline to Accept Fellowship Offer: Dec 11, 2020

Fellowship Benefits:


Summer Institute:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.


Please reach out to or (479) 575–6418 with questions.

Arkansas Teacher Corps
216 Graduate Education Building
Fayetteville, AR 72701

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