Michael W. Apple Fellowship

Michael W. Apple was the John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He retired in 2017. He holds Distinguished Professor appointments at the University of Manchester and Beijing Normal University in China. A former elementary and secondary school teacher and past-president of a teachers union, he has worked with educational systems, governments, universities, unions, and activist and dissident groups throughout the world to democratize educational research, policy, and practice.

Professor Apple has written extensively on the politics of educational reform, on the relationship between culture and power, and on education for social justice. Among his recent books are: The Routledge International Handbook of Critical Education; The Routledge International Handbook of Sociology of Education; Global Crises, Social Justice, and Education; and most recently Knowledge, Power, and Education; Can Education Change Society?; The Struggle for Democracy in Education; and the 4th edition of his classic text Ideology and Curriculum. His books and articles have won numerous awards and have been translated into many languages.

Professor Apple has been selected as one of the fifty most important educational scholars in the 20th Century. His books Ideology and Curriculum and Official Knowledge were also selected as two of the most significant books on education in the 20th Century. He has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Educational Research Association, the UCLA Medal for ""Outstanding Academic Achievement,"" and a number of honorary doctorates by universities throughout the world.

The recipient must be a dissertator before fall semester 2021 in the School of Education whose research focuses on democratic education. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with Apple’s perspective on democratic education.

A minimum award of $10,000 will be given each year the award is available.

School of Education
Supplemental Questions
  1. (APP) Applicants must submit a three-to-four page, double-spaced statement describing how their research focuses on democratic education, and what they hope to accomplish during the year the fellowship is received.
  2. (APP) Please submit a current graduate transcript.
  3. (APP) Please submit a current vita.
  4. (APP) Please submit a letter of support from your major professor.