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Arkansas Teacher Corps (ATC) Fellowship

Fellowships to Arkansas Teachers and Recent Graduates
to Work in Economically Disadvantaged Schools

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Arkansas Teacher Corps (ATC)

Deadline Date:

03/01/20 - Deadline for Expedited Decision


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Fellowships of up to $5,000, in addition to teaching salaries, to Arkansas recent college graduates, soon-to-be-graduated students, and licensed teachers to serve as teachers in high-need districts of the eastern and southern regions of the State. Fellowships will serve in grades K-12, with the highest preference for middle school, junior high, and high school positions. Fellows are committed to teaching all three years of the Fellowship in the district in which they are placed.

Fellows teach in an ATC partner school district for three years as a teacher-of-record as they become provisionally licensed to teach in Arkansas through ATC. Fellows are required to attend the 7-week Summer Institute before they begin teaching, attend four Saturday professional development events (usually in September, November, February, and April), and fully participate in ongoing classroom coaching provided by ATC staff. After they complete their three-year commitment and meet all licensure requirements, graduating Fellows will receive a standard 5-year teaching license. Fellows are expected to complete all three years of their ATC Fellowship in the same school district.

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

ATC Fellows are hired directly by partner schools and are paid as employees of the school district just like traditionally trained teachers. In Arkansas, teaching salaries differ by district, but first-year teachers with a bacherlor’s degree often make between $32,000 and $36,000.

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 US 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 ar also ineligible.

Pre-Application Information:

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 2020 Fellowship Applications:

Expedited Decision – November 1, 2019
Early Decision – January 1, 2020
Regular Decision – March 1, 2020

Expedited Decision Timeline

Application Deadline: Nov 1, 2019
Notification of Invitation to Final Interview (or Regrets): Nov 11, 2019
Final Interviews: Nov 21-23, 2019
Notification of Fellowship Offer (or Regrets): Nov 29, 2019
Deadline to Accept Fellowship Offer: Dec 6, 2019

Early Decision Timeline

Application Deadline: Jan 1, 2020
Notification of Invitation to Final Interview (or Regrets): Jan 13, 2020
Final Interviews: Jan 23-25, 2020
Notification of Fellowship Offer (or Regrets): Jan 27, 2020
Deadline to Accept Fellowship Offer: Feb 3, 2020

Regular Decision Timeline

Application Deadline: March 1, 2020
Notification of Invitation to Final Interview (or Regrets): March 9, 2020
Final Interviews: March 19-21, 2020
Notification of Fellowship Offer (or Regrets): March 23, 2020
Deadline to Accept Fellowship Offer: March 30, 2020

Your application must be completed in one sitting and cannot be saved; you may utilize the 2020 Fellowship Pre-Application Worksheet (see Supporting Documents below) to plan your responses in advance.

You will receive a confirmation email from ATC within 5-10 business days after your application documents have been submitted successfully.

ATC benefits:


Contact Information:

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

Online application:

Feel free to contact the ATC by phone (479-575-6418) or email with any additional questions.

Arkansas Teacher Corps (ATC)
216 Graduate Education Building
Fayetteville, AR 72701

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