Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning


Future Teachers

Change teaching. Change learning. Change the world.

Applications will be accepted online only by the following deadline(s):

October 17, 2017

November 30, 2017

January 31, 2018

March 15, 2018

First application deadline

*For round 1 only, the deadline to apply for financial aid will be November 1, 2017.

Second application deadline Third application deadline Final application deadline

Note: Each deadline is part of a distinct application “round” in which candidates may apply, not a succession of steps for one application. 

There is no application fee to apply to the Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning. For technical issues with the online application system, email Tech Support.

Application Process

Check your eligibility

Click here to check eligibility requirements before beginning your application. Email Neema Ndiba at [email protected] if you have questions about your eligibility.
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Create an account

Begin the application process by creating an applicant account here. Creating an account on the Woodrow Wilson Academy application web site will enable you to save your unfinished application so that you can return later to add or change entries and view the status of supplemental items (i.e. transcripts, resume, and recommendations). It is recommended that you save the web page as a bookmark.

There is no fee to create an account. You will need to provide basic contact information and choose a username and password. Any information collected is used only for purposes of the Woodrow Wilson Academy.
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After creating an account, you will be taken to your personal profile page where you will be able to return at any time to edit your personal information, change your password, register for events, start and/or complete your application, and submit and/or verify receipt of supplemental items.

To be considered for the Woodrow Wilson Academy teacher licensure preparation program, you must complete all items on the application, including a 500-word essay that describes an experience that excited you about learning and how it informs your ideas about education.  You may save the work you have done on parts of the application during any online session, and return to complete other parts during subsequent visits.

To complete an unfinished application simply return to www.wwapply.org and log in with your email and password.

Always remember to click on “save and continue” before leaving a page, or on “save application” before logging out in order to save your work.

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Submit supplemental items

In addition to your online application, you must upload a résumé and unofficial transcripts for each institution you have attended.


The résumé provides you with the opportunity to showcase your excellence.

  • Please be sure to include all colleges/universities attended, along with enrollment dates, as well as information and employment dates for all professional experience.
  • If you won awards or fellowships or excelled in sports or other extracurricular activities, please be sure to include this information on your résumé.
  • Any volunteer experience, particularly with adolescents or in an underserved community, is also worth detailing.

The résumé should be a .PDF and the title of the file should include your first and last name but not include spaces (i.e. SmithJohnResume.pdf).

TIP: There is no need to limit your résumé to one page for your Woodrow Wilson Academy application. Remember: this is an important opportunity to showcase your excellence.

Unofficial transcripts

Unofficial transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended—this includes any institution that awarded credit for coursework—must be uploaded for your application. Official transcripts are only required once admitted.

In order to upload your supplemental items, you should first “save the application” before returning to the “My Account” link at the top of the page.

Select “Submit Supplemental Items.” Click “Browse” to select your résumé/transcript files then click “Upload” to attach the résumé/transcript(s) to your application.

Letters of recommendation

Please request letters of recommendation from two (2) recommenders, and advise your recommenders that they will receive an email notification directly from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.

Letters of recommendation must come from individuals who are not members of your family. In general, recommenders should comment on your character, your commitment to education and service, and your capacity to work as an educator.

  • If you are still enrolled in a degree program or are a very recent graduate, please include, as one of your recommendations, a letter from at least one faculty member in your major content area who can comment on your academic ability.
  • If you have been employed over the past several years and are not able to request a faculty recommendation, please include, as one of your recommendations, a letter from a professional colleague who can comment on your skills/knowledge in your specialty field.

Instructions for upload

Immediately upon saving your application, please return to your account page and scroll to the bottom.  Click on “Submit Supplemental Items.”

In the Recommendation Request Section, click on “Start” next to each listed letter of recommendation to initiate the recommendation request process.

After entering your recommender’s name and email address, you will have the opportunity to include a personal note in the notification email.  It is strongly advised that you provide a “submit by” deadline in this area for your recommenders.

Once you have started the process, your recommenders will receive an email requesting they submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf.  They have the option to accept or decline this request.  Recommenders who accept the request will be taken to an online form where they will enter some information before uploading and submitting their recommendation letter.

If a recommender declines your request to provide a recommendation, you will be notified by email.  If you receive a “decline” notification, you will need to return to your account page and “Start” a new recommendation process with a different recommender.

You also have the ability in this same area of your account page to change a recommender by clicking on “Cancel” and then following the procedures to “Start” a new recommendation process with a different recommender, or to “Resend” a request to one of your recommenders, if necessary.

Note: You will be able to track receipt of your letters of recommendation in the “supplemental items” section of your application. It is your responsibility to follow up with your recommenders to ensure that they have submitted their online recommendation.

Official transcripts

Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended—this includes any institution that awarded credit for coursework—must be provided if you are admitted.  The transcripts must be provided in an unopened envelope from your institutions(s) and mailed directly to:

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
WW Academy
P.O. Box 5281
Princeton, NJ 08543-5281


For express deliveries or courier service only, please use the street address:

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
WW Academy
5 Vaughn Drive
Suite 300
Princeton, NJ 08540
Telephone: (609) 452-7007, ext. 141


If you’d like to submit a transcript from a foreign college/university, follow these steps to have your foreign transcript evaluated:

  • Have your official transcript(s) translated (if necessary) into English.
  • Send your transcript(s), course descriptions, and the English translation to a credential evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. A fee ranging from $165 to $295 is required. Be sure to request a “course-by-course/detail” evaluation.* Foreign transcripts which are already in English still will require a course-by-course/detail evaluation.
  • Have an official copy of the transcript and translation sent to:

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
WW Academy
P.O. Box 5281

Princeton, NJ 08543-5281
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Await a decision

Admission is very competitive for the 15 available spots in the inaugural WW Academy class.  Some candidates may be offered a place on a wait list or the option to be deferred to the following year.

For technical issues with the online application system, email Tech Support.

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