H-STEP Fellowship

Graduate School of Education building

The H-STEP Fellowship has been discontinued!

The H-STEP Fellowship, which ran from 2014 to 2017, helped Stanford PhD graduates in the humanities and arts launch teaching careers in public high schools. It subsidized the full cost of attending the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP) at the Graduate School of Education, a nationally renowned, 12-month program leading to a Master of Arts in Education and a preliminary California Single Subject Teaching Credential. Sadly, we are no longer able to offer this fellowship. However, students can still apply to the STEP program itself. The GSE offers a forgivable loan that can partially offset the cost of tuition, and students can also apply for a variety of federal loans. To learn more about STEP, consult the program website or read the brief description below.

Stanford also has a few other programs that can help doctoral students prepare for teaching careers in institutions beyond the R1 university, like public or private high schools, community colleges, or large state schools. This guide lists those most relevant to humanists (scroll down to the section on "Teaching Opportunities and Careers"). If you need help navigating these options or thinking through your career ideas, contact Jeff Schwegman, the Humanities and Arts Initiatives Coordinator, to schedule a meeting.

More information about STEP

STEP Secondary is a nationally renowned, 12-month, full-time program leading to a Master of Arts in Education and a preliminary California Single Subject Teaching Credential. Its goal is to prepare program graduates to meet both the practical and intellectual challenges of the teaching profession, to serve the needs of the diverse population of today’s students, and to revitalize the profession and the field by preparing educational leaders for tomorrow’s schools. The program’s small size (approximately 70 candidates), access to top faculty and qualified cooperating teachers, and coherent design offer students highly focused instruction. Coursework is interwoven with hands-on teaching experience, sustained mentoring, and personalized advising.

Why earn a Master's degree in Education at Stanford after your PhD? Our public schools are desperately in need of teachers with talent and passion in humanities subject areas. Other countries—such as Finland, France, and Switzerland—have long seen value in placing teachers with advanced degrees in secondary school classrooms. The United States lags behind this trend. In particular, studies show that K-12 humanities teachers, especially in history, tend to be less well trained than teachers in other areas. With both a humanities PhD and an MA in Education, you could help lead efforts to improve equal access to high-quality humanities teaching across the nation.

The STEP curriculum will help you transfer your research and teaching skills to a public high school setting, providing in-depth preparation in educational theory as well as practical classroom experience. Teaching in a public high school is very different from teaching at an R1 university like Stanford, and research shows that teacher training programs like STEP strongly decrease the likelihood of new teacher burnout. STEP graduates have a nearly 100 percent job placement rate and are employed in some of the nation's most innovative schools.

To learn more, consult the STEP Secondary website. You are also strongly encouraged to schedule a counseling appointment with Viviana Alcazar, the STEP Program Officer. Viviana can arrange class observations and shadowing opportunities to help you decide if the program would be a good fit. She can also help you assess your level of preparation for the application, which is quite competative.