Brown Teacher Research Fellowship Information

The 2019 Anne and Ryland Brown Teacher Research Fellowship

Open to Virginia 4th–12th Grade History and Social Science Educators

The Library of Virginia is pleased to announce the Anne and Ryland Brown Teacher Research Fellowship. The goal of the program is to enhance knowledge and training in history and social science instruction in Virginia by providing educators with an opportunity for in-depth study and the development of teaching materials in collaboration with members of the Library of Virginia’s professional staff. Over the course of the summer, Brown Fellows work with Library of Virginia staff members to pursue research on an approved topic and produce educational materials based on the results of their findings. Brown Fellows are also required to make presentations regarding their research and finished projects at an educational conference.

This year the Fellowship will focus on research and projects related to history of women and their impact on the commonwealth, in support of Votes for Women, the Library of Virginia’s upcoming exhibition.

We are looking for a Fellow who is interested in developing teacher resources that examine the history of women and their impact on the commonwealth, with a particular focus on suffrage and women’s roles in social reforms. The Fellow will create a set of documents to be added to the online primary resource collection Document Bank of Virginia (DBVa), the Library of Virginia’s initiative to get documents into classrooms. Using primary sources, teachers and librarians can make history relevant to students while helping them learn and understand state standards. DBVa will teach students to be critical thinkers as they analyze original documents and draw their own conclusions about Virginia’s past.


The Brown Teacher Research Fellowship includes:

  • A stipend of $2,000 for each recipient
  • Up to $500 reimbursement for travel to an approved conference as a presenter

Eligible candidates for the Brown Teacher Research Fellowship must:

  • Be residents of Virginia
  • Have a minimum of three years of teaching experience in history and/or social science
  • Exhibit the use of creative and engaging teaching techniques in the classroom
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the use of primary sources as a part of classroom instruction
  • Be available to complete two weeks of research between June and September 2018

Applications must include:

  • A résumé
  • A statement of interest in 500 words or less outlining:
    • reasons for applying for the Fellowship
    • teaching philosophy
    • what you hope to gain from the experience
  • A letter of support from an immediate supervisor
  • A sample lesson plan and/or narrative description demonstrating creative uses of primary sources, along with examples of student work based on the lesson, if available

DEADLINE: Complete applications should be emailed to the following address by Sunday, May 11, 2019: education@lva.virginia.gov .

For additional information, please contact Catherine Fitzgerald Wyatt, Education and Outreach manager, at catherine.wyatt@lva.virginia.gov or 804-692-3999.