The Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program (TCFP) is one of the Endowment’s longest standing programs and began as a way to help Indiana public school teachers renew their commitment to teaching. Since it began in 1987, the program has expanded its eligibility to educators in private and parochial schools, to principals and assistant principals, and to school counselors and media specialists. The aim behind this competitive program is to recognize, re-energize and support Indiana educators.

This fellowship enables educators to pursue their dreams and passions, explore new areas of interest, and develop new and existing talents. Renewal projects are not intended to be vacations, rather they are meant to be intentional experiences that restore educators’ enthusiasm for their profession and stimulate creativity, which should in turn enhance the educational experiences of their students.

2021 TCFP

Lilly Endowment will soon make available details on the 34th Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program. We are aware that educators are facing mounting and evolving challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Especially during this difficult time, the TCFP renewal program plans to support educators through new experiences, exploration and reflection. The Endowment anticipates that educators will discover renewed energy in their careers, innovative approaches to teaching and educational leadership, and thoughtful ways to encourage students’ creative thinking. Approximately 100 grants, each totaling up to $12,000, will be awarded in 2021.

View the 2020 recipients here.
Learn about a recent fellowship experience here.


The following full-time education professionals in Indiana’s public, private and parochial schools are eligible to apply:

  • K-12 classroom teachers of all subjects
  • Principals and assistant principals
  • Librarians and media specialists
  • School counselors
  • School social workers


The Endowment expects to announce information on the 2021 Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program in June of 2020.

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