Does the program accept middle or high school teachers?

Only elementary teachers are eligible for this program, which emphasizes those who teach 3-5th grade, and the participating teacher selection will be made with that focus in mind.

Do I need to be in Montana?

Yes -- this program prioritizes participants who are teaching or enrolled in an educator preparation program in Montana. If you are from another state but interested in RET programs like this, please visit the National Science Foundation's ETAP page at for other opportunities. You can also send an email to Paul Gannon - [email protected] - to register your interest. We can pass on your information to the National Science Foundation so they understand the importance of these types of programs for teachers.

Do funds for travel and housing come out of the $6,000 stipend?

No -- travel, housing and all program expenses are covered separately. The entirety of the $6,000 stipend goes to each participant as income.

Do I need to be in Bozeman for six weeks?

Yes. This is a Monday-Friday program that lasts for six weeks (Monday, June 26 through Friday, Aug. 4 in 2023) and participants are expected to be present at MSU-Bozeman. Participants who live in campus housing may return home on weekends if they wish. Local residents who choose not to live on campus may commute each day; we will assist with parking. 

What are the hours each day? (I live locally and want to commute)

The research experience program will be considered “full-time” during the 6 weeks, so--in general--you can expect something close to traditional work day hours (8am to 5pm). However, since each teacher will be working with a research mentor, the exact hours will be determined through agreement with the research mentors and participants.

What if I have a schedule conflict?

Daily/weekly schedules will be determined collectively by the research mentors, participants and program directors, and with an understanding of complex summer obligations. While the expectation is that each participant is present for five days a week for six weeks, we can work with individuals to accommodate occasional schedule conflicts.

Is this a commitment for more than one summer?

No -- you are applying to participate for just one summer. While the program runs for three years, and there MAY be the opportunity for participants to return, you are only applying to participate for one summer.

What if I don't have a resume or CV?

That's OK -- please use the application to describe your experiences, how you would be a good fit for the program, and why you are interested.

When will I be notified if I am accepted?

We hope to notify applicants of their acceptance in March each year.

Will participants receive academic credits / OPI renewal units?

Yes. In-service teachers can earn 3 graduate credits or OPI renewal units.

How do I submit my letter of recommendation and other documents?

Electronic copies of these documents are preferred, and you can upload them directly as attachments when you submit your application. [Note that you cannot return to your application once it is submitted, so you should have all your documemts in one place]. However, if you only have hard copies and are unable to scan them, please contact us to make arrangements.

I accidentally submitted my application without the attachments. Do I need to start over?

No -- please just let us know by email and attach your documents. Paul Gannon: [email protected]

Additional questions?

Please email Paul Gannon at [email protected]