Gladys Roddenberry Graduate Fellowships for Teaching Excellence



  • Meet admissions requirements and be accepted into the University of North Florida
  • Enroll as a graduate student in the College of Education and Human Services pursuing a master’s degree leading to (a) Florida educator certification or endorsement or (b) advanced preparation for teachers
  • Earn a minimum GPA of 3.0, be employed in an accredited Duval County public or private school as a full-time classroom teacher, with preference given for those who have been a full-time classroom teacher for at least three years, but no more than ten years
  • Have a demonstrated, documented commitment to students and to professional growth in K-12 education
  • Have evidence of consistent, excellent performance as a classroom teacher
  • Eligibility related to the employment and preference criteria above will be determined at the end of the school year prior to award disbursement





  • Enroll part-time (6 credit hours) each semester and earn a minimum of 12 credits by the end of each academic year
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA in the graduate program
  • Consent to release grades to the Division of University Development and Alumni Engagement for the purpose of reporting to the donor
  • Comply with all University regulations, rules and codes of conduct governing students on campus, and remain in good standing as a student



Within the essay attached to your application, answer the following questions:

  1. Do you have a current State of Florida Teacher Certificate?
  2. How have you demonstrated commitment to your students?
  3. How have you demonstrated commitment to your professional growth?
  4. How have you demonstrated consistent high performance as a classroom teacher?
  5. How will this fellowship help you achieve your professional goals?