• Availability from 2:30-4:30 pm or another 2-hour block each afternoon Mon-Fri of the academic year, August through May.
  • Professionalism, dependability, and punctuality.
  • Great rapport with a classroom of very smart children.
  • Decorum to dress professionally, matching the appearance of the teachers in their host schools.
  • Charisma to develop an excellent professional rapport with host schools, chess families, and chess students.


TKS Fellows Will Receive the Following Benefits and Advantages:


  • A $500 MONTHLY STIPEND, disbursed on the final day of the month, August-April.
  • The possibility of a TKS Career Opportunity upon completion of the Fellowship.
  • Unlimited use of a TKS Dell Vostro 1500 laptop computer for the duration of the Fellowship.
  • Gratifying expertise as an accomplished, lightning-fast, and devastating chess player. Our chess magic works on adults, too!
  • Marketable experience and credentials as a chess coach and seasoned educator who has taught inside excellent area schools.
  • Flexibility of annual schedule: Fellows enjoy the same vacation days as each host school, including one week paid at Thanksgiving, one week paid at Spring Break, two weeks paid vacation in May, and three weeks paid at Christmas.
  • Membership and networking with Dr. Brooks and the prestigious, nationwide The Knight School Fellows Program.
  • Flexibility of daily schedule: Fellows satisfy all Fellowship requirements in the span of only two hours per school day.
  • A one-week intensive chess/classroom management training session at one of eight Birmingham-area summer chess camps.
  • Immersion into a professional network of principals, teachers, and the community-leader parents of your chess students.
  • Enjoyment of the finest and most positive working conditions inside area elementary schools and learning centers.


TKS Fellows Application Process:


Applications for Fall Fellowships are accepted throughout the academic year. To apply, click here.


All applicants will be notified of the decision of the TKS Awards Committee by email during the last week of May.

TKS Fellows Must Demonstrate the Following Skills and Abilities:



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