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Monticello Teacher Institute: The Barringer Research Fellowship for Teachers of American History

Barringer Fellows, 2012

The Thomas Jefferson Foundation is pleased to announce the 2015 Monticello Teacher Institute (MTI), an immersive professional development opportunity designed to provide social studies teachers the opportunity to research and study at Monticello and the Jefferson Library in Charlottesville, Virginia.  With the dual goal of enhancing their classroom teaching and contributing to the collection of digital resources available online at Monticello’s Digital Classroom and Sea of Liberty websites, teachers will collaborate on projects such as lesson plans, curricular units, resource packets, or other creative products rooted in the history of the founding principles and their relevance today. Their onsite experience will be enriched and supported by group excursions, presentations by leading Jefferson scholars, and other focused workshop sessions. Following the weeklong residence, participating teachers will be expected to bring conversations about Jefferson’s ideas and Monticello into their classrooms, schools, and communities.

Applicants will be chosen by a selection committee according to evidence of their success as a teacher; demonstration that the fellowship will relate to the teaching skills and needs of the applicant; and the commitment and qualifications of the applicant to undertake a concentrated study relating to the life and times of Thomas Jefferson, including basic research skills, writing proficiency, and competency using digital education tools and technology. 

Fellowships will be awarded to qualified teachers who are employed full-time in the classroom. The Barringer Fellowship grant includes: accommodations during the Fellowship; a stipend of $500; travel costs up to $500; and up to $50 per day for food.  Transportation will be provided between in-town accommodations and all Fellowship sessions and excursions.

Participants are asked to submit a final report detailing their Fellowship experience, as well completed educational materials suitable for publication on Monticello’s Digital Classroom or Sea of Liberty websites. The 2015 Barringer Research Fellowship sessions will be offered in two different one-week sessions; July 11 – July 17 and again from July 25-31The application window for 2015 is now closed; please check back in December for 2016 program dates and application.

The Barringer Fellowship is administered by Monticello’s Education & Visitor Programs Department. Questions regarding this opportunity should be directed to with "MTI/Barringer Fellowship" in the subject line.

Monticello Teacher Institute 2014 Video


The Monticello Teacher Institute: The Barringer Research Fellowship for Teachers of American History was made possible by a generous gift from Mr. and Mrs. Paul B. Barringer II.


JenniferHolland's picture
When will the recipients for this summer be announced?
Jennifer Holland
Jacqueline's picture
Hi Jennifer, thanks for your question. We are mailing out announcements this week (4/1), so watch your mailbox. We are so grateful to all the talented teachers who applied!
Jacqueline Langholtz
DLindow13's picture
Hello! Will this Fellowship be available for 2014? Thanks!
Derrick Lindow
Jacqueline's picture
Hello, Derrick and thanks for your question! Yes - information on the 2014 Barringer Fellowship, including dates and an updated application, will be posted shortly. Please check back for that update and we'll look forward to receiving your application by March 15, 2014.
Jacqueline Langholtz
R.J. Long's picture
The Barringer Fellowship allowed me to fully immerse myself into the world of Thomas Jefferson in a way that I never thought possible. Not only did I have access to an infinite number of research materials about Jefferson, all Barringer Fellows truly had "free reign of the mountaintop" at Monticello. Having the ability to research in the archives, engage in truly meaningful conversations with the experts at Monticello, take behind the scenes tours of the house and grounds, and to share our experiences with the other Barringer Fellows, I was able to walk away from this amazing two week experience with not only an incredible research project for my students, but I now feel that I have a true command of the complexities of Thomas Jefferson's life and world. Ultimately, this experience gave me a deeper knowledge and understanding about Jefferson and Monticello, and I highly recommend any American History educator to apply for the Barringer Fellowship because it will truly transform the way that you teach your students about Jefferson and his incredibly important time in American History.
R.J. Long
Jacqueline's picture
Thanks for your question. Applications can be submitted electronically by emailing with "Barringer Fellowship" in the subject line.
Jacqueline Langholtz
kdeberzunza's picture
Above it says applications can be submitted online, yet I cannot find how to do so. Does it need to be e-mailed? If so, to what address? Thank you!
kdeberzunza (not verified)
Jacqueline's picture
Teachers, this just in: The 2013 deadline for Barringer Research Fellowship applications has been extended to Friday, March 15, so keep those submissions coming!
Jacqueline Langholtz


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