National Afterschool Matters Fellowship

National Afterschool Matters (NASM) Fellowship Offers Professional Development for Out-of-School Time Professionals

Overview of the National Afterschool Matters Fellowship

The National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College and the National Writing Project (NWP), with generous funding from the Robert Bowne Foundation, launched a national city-based Afterschool Matters Practitioner Fellowship in September 2008.  Fellowships have taken place in seven different areas around the country. A new model for the National Afterschool Matters (NASM) Fellowship, will begin in Fall 2015. This fellowship is a two-year professional development and leadership training program that is unique in its national reach and its incorporation of technology for on-going collaboration and virtual meetings. The fellowship offers:

  • A collaborative process of study, conversation, and engagement within a community of OST professionals in a shared investigation of OST practice, policy, and experiences;
  • Inquiry-based research, learning, and writing, under the guidance of mentors;
  • Two retreats at Wellesley College, led by NIOST and NWP (travel stipend provided);
  • A $1000 participation stipend (each year)

The NASM Fellowship is for mid-career OST, education, or youth development professionals who demonstrate a commitment to the field. NASM fellows are selected by application, and over a two-year process engage in reflection, inquiry and writing activities that position them to inform and contribute to the quality of OST programs, practice, and the broader field.

Application Process:

Applicants are required to:

  • Have access to reliable high-speed internet, technology equipment, and a Google email account to participate in virtual meetings via Google Hangout;
  • Attend two retreats: one from September 27-29, 2015 in Wellesley, MA and the second in the fall of 2016 (dates TBD). A travel stipend is provided;
  • Participate in monthly virtual meetings (average 60 minutes). Approximately one per month from October 2015 – August 2016. Meeting schedule for Year Two TBD;
  • Produce a final project which may include a manuscript for journal publication, conference presentation, blog, or recorded webinar, etc.
  • Submit a complete application by June 15, 2015. A complete application consists of:
    • The online application
    • One online reference
    • A resume
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NASM Fellowship Application Forms

Deadline: June 15, 2015

  • A complete application consists of:
    - The Online Application
    - One Online Reference
    - A resume emailed to:
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  • Online Forms:
    - NASM Fellow Application
    - NASM Fellow Reference Form
  • Preview Forms:
    (paper applications will not be accepted)
    - Preview NASM Fellow Application
    - Preview NASM Fellow Reference Form