The Renshaw Fellowship

The Renshaw Fellowship Program supports the study and shaping of school curricula by providing grants to those seeking to become superintendents; curriculum developers; or influential scholars teaching, writing, and lecturing on educational issues.

The Grant

Each Renshaw Fellowship recipient receives a $12,000 grant.


The Renshaw Fellowship is granted to current doctoral students or applicants to doctoral programs in education.

  • Applicants must be members of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. (Not a member yet? Join now!)
  • Graduate Fellowship applicants must engage in graduate studies for the purpose of teaching at the college level or seeking to become a superintendent or curriculum developer.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens, who will be enrolled in a full-time graduate program for academic year 2015-2016.
  • Those attending pre-professional (medical, law, divinity, business, etc.) schools are ineligible.
  • Applicants may apply for more than one fellowship in any given academic cycle. For each fellowship sought, applicants must submit separate copies of all components of the application.

Required Application Materials

  • An original, five- to ten-page essay responding to the following question: What role do educators have in maintaining a free society?
  • Headshot
  • One-page outline of prior education, awards, fellowships, and internships
  • Three- to five-page personal, philosophical, and professional autobiography
  • Five- to ten-page academic writing sample
  • Three academic letters of recommendation (Must be sent by the recommender and include the Graduate Fellowships Program Letter of Recommendation Form)
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work (May be mailed by the issuing institution or the applicant)
  • Brief responses to the following four questions:
    • Why the applicant has chosen teaching as a profession
    • Why the applicant desires a fellowship
    • How the applicant heard about the ISI Fellowship Program
    • Signed declaration of intent to teach

Personal philosophical statement and academic writing samples must be 12 point standard font and double spaced.

Application Deadline:
January 14, 2015

The 2015–2016 ISI Graduate Fellows will be announced in April 2015. ISI will notify each applicant by email.

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Awards Committee

  • Charles L. Glenn Boston University
  • Jay P. Greene University of Arkansas
  • Vigen Guroian University of Virginia

More Information

For more information on the Graduate Fellowships Program, please e-mail or call (800) 526-7022.