2021-22 Celia B. Godsil Grants in Place Fellows Program

Applications now closed!

August 20, 2021 |
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Celia B. Godsil Grants in Place fund projects that engage rural students in place-based learning action research, like this project of Becky Vordermann's students, which supported purposeful outdoor learning in their local Idaho forest.

Rural Schools Collaborative is pleased to announce the 2021-22 Celia B. Godsil Grants in Place Fellows Program!

The selection committee will choose 11 Fellows who will work with their students on innovative place-based projects.

Applications now closed!

The Rural Schools Collaborative’s Celia B. Godsil Grants in Place Fellows program provides grant awards to rural school teachers who engage their students in exemplary place-based learning.

Eligible applicants should propose a place-based research project that will be completed by the end of the 2021-22 school year. We understand that this year is providing abnormal learning challenges for many teachers and schools, and we will gladly consider projects that lean heavily on digital interactions and virtual work. Also, if the impacts of COVID-19 on your school community necessitate a project revision, we will be pleased to work with the grant recipient in that regard. We anticipate selecting a cohort of dynamic and committed educators with purposeful and creative ideas.


The Celia B. Godsil Grants in Place Fellows program is offered in conjunction with our regional hub partners. Grants will be awarded to projects that will take place in the 2021-22 school year.

Eligibility for this grant is extended to rural classroom teachers who teach in school districts that are located in one of the Rural Schools Collaborative's eleven regional Hub areas. Go to this link for more information on RSC Hubs.

Rural classroom teachers from the following states and areas are eligible for the program: Northern California, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, West Central Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri Ozarks, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Iowa, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and the Appalachian regions of Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia.

2020-21 Grants in Place Fellows are not eligible for this year's program.

Each Godsil Fellow will receive a total award of up to $3,000. Of this amount, $2,000 will be earmarked for the place-based project, and $1,000 will be provided to the educator as an honorarium.

The Fellows Celebration of Learning is a required aspect of the program, and will be held virtually on June 24, 2022. This convening of the fellows is an opportunity to share the results from each project, and hear from other fellows.

The Rural Schools Collaborative values the benefits of a diverse teaching force, and we encourage teachers who come from under-represented backgrounds in teaching to apply.

If you have a question regarding your school's eligibility for the program, please email info@ruralschoolscollaborative.org. (Please note that our National Signature Project Award, offered in the spring in partnership with the National Rural Education Association, is open to ALL rural classroom teachers throughout the United States)


Thank you!

The Grants in Place program is funded through the generous support from Celia and Mark Godsil in honor of Celia's career as a public school teacher and their belief in the importance of classroom teachers to rural communities. Celia and Mark reside in Abingdon, Illinois.

We invite you to check out our past Grants in Place projects here.

Learn about more ways to get involved with the Rural Schools Collaborative community or contact us today at info@ruralschoolscollaborative.org with questions about this year's Grants in Place effort.

The Rural Schools Collaborative would like to thank our Grants in Place Selection Committee for their support of this project.

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