Applications for the 2022 Monticello Teacher Institute will open in the fall of 2021. 

Barringer Fellows in front of Monticello

The Thomas Jefferson Foundation is proud to offer the Monticello Teacher Institute (MTI), an immersive professional development program that provides social studies teachers the opportunity to research and study at Monticello and the Jefferson Library in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Participating teachers engage in:

  • A collaborative environment, facilitated by group excursions, discussions with leading Jefferson scholars, and other focused workshops.
  • Research to bolster their historical understanding, build resources for their classrooms, and contribute to the resources available online at the Monticello Digital Classroom.
  • Tackling the complex and difficult history of Jefferson and Monticello, including race, slavery and freedom.  
  • Sharing their experiences ambassadors to their students and fellow educators through conversations about Jefferson’s ideas and the history of Monticello.

The Application Process

If you would be interested in virtual teacher workshops with Monticello, check this page in the spring, or email us at with the subject line “Virtual Teacher Workshops.”


Fellowships will be awarded to:

  • Qualified teachers who are employed full-time in a K-12 classroom.
  • Secondary social studies educators, as well as to elementary teachers, librarians, and those interested in making cross-curricular connections to Jefferson’s diverse interests and wide-reaching ideas.
  • Applicants from across the United States. International applications may also be considered.
  • At this time, we do not accept applications from those serving in administrative or advisory roles, student teachers, or teacher educators.


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. Previous fellows have researched topics such as the legacy of the Declaration of Independence, education, slavery at Monticello, and the sciences.

All-Inclusive Funding

The Monticello Teacher Institute is all-inclusive, providing stipends for participation and meals, as well as travel reimbursement. Lodging and transportation to all sessions are provided during the fellowship.

Certificate of Completion

At this time, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation is not certified to confer graduate or professional development credits through the Monticello Teacher Institute. However, each participant will be given a certificate of completion a letter testifying to what the program consists of and the number of hours of work completed.


When considering your ability to participate, please keep in mind that Monticello is indeed Jefferson’s “little mountain.” Tours and programs cover 1-3 miles of walking daily on uphill, downhill, paved, and unpaved walkways in hot and humid weather. If accepted, please notify staff in advance of any medical conditions, dietary restrictions, etc. so that we can support your onsite experience. For more information about accessibility at Monticello, go to Information for Visitors Needing Special Assistance.  


Contact Monticello’s Education & Visitor Programs Department at with "Monticello Teacher Institute" in the subject line if you have any questions.

Monticello Teacher Institute 2014 Video

The Monticello Teacher Institute is made possible by generous donations from Mr. and Mrs. Paul B. Barringer II and The Charles Fund, Inc.