BWF Career Awards for Science and Mathematics Teachers

The Career Award for Science and Mathematics Teachers is a five-year award, available to outstanding science and/or mathematics teachers in the North Carolina public primary and secondary schools. The purpose of this award is to recognize teachers who have demonstrated solid knowledge of science and/or mathematics content and have outstanding performance records in educating children. Career Awards for Science and Mathematics Teachers provide $175,000 over a period of five years ($35,000 per year) to eligible teachers in a North Carolina public school system.

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is an independent private foundation dedicated to advancing the biomedical sciences by supporting research and other scientific and educational activities.


  • Candidates must be currently licensed North Carolina public school science and/or mathematics teachers who teach in grades K-12 in North Carolina public schools.
  • Candidates must have completed at least five years of teaching experience in North Carolina K-12 public schools at the time of application.
  • Candidates in middle school and high school must hold licensure to teach science and/or mathematics in North Carolina and spend at least 70 percent of their time devoted to teaching science and/or mathematics courses.
  • Teaching professionals certified in Career and Technical Education may be eligible and should contact BWF before applying.
  • Candidates in elementary schools, who also can be science and/or mathematics specialists, must spend at least 30 percent of their time teaching science and/or mathematics. At least 20 percent of their time should be spent working with other teachers if they are specialists.
  • Candidates must have superior knowledge of science and/or mathematics, excellent teaching skills, demonstrated leadership, and a commitment to continue teaching in the North Carolina Public school system.
  • Candidates must be citizens of the United States.

How to Apply:

To be considered for the scholarship, the candidates must submit a proposal. The proposal submission site or grant application portal will be available by June 15, 2016. You may begin the application before June 15 by preparing requested documents off-line and uploading to the site once it is available. The proposal includes:

  • Teaching Professional Information and Proposal Demographics
  • Candidate Resume
  • Candidate’s Lesson Plan
  • Principal Letter of Nomination
  • Superintendent Letter of Nomination
  • Budget (template provided) and budget justification
  • Signature page (template provided) and documentation of nonprofit status

Award Amount:

Teacher Salary:

  • $10,000 stipend will be provided to the school district to supplement the teacher’s annual salary or for fringe benefits, such as retirement or insurance. (In most instances, taxes and benefits will be deducted from the stipend by the school district.)
  • $5,000 will be held annually by BWF to be given to the teacher at the end of the five-year award if the teaching professional remains in the K-12 classroom in a North Carolina public school
  • The State Board of Education will provide extra salary support to ensure that award recipients will receive a 12-month contract. The Department of Public Instruction will send these funds to the appropriate LEA beginning July 1 of each year.

School or School District:

$10,000 will be provided to purchase needed equipment and supplies for the teacher’s classroom or laboratory or may be designated by the teacher to be shared with the school or school district

Professional Development:

$10,000 will be provided for professional development activities, travel, and registration to meetings or conferences, hiring substitutes, networking with colleagues, and capacity building for the teacher or may be designated by the teacher to support a team of teachers

Application Deadline:

Application deadline is September 15, 2016.

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