Robert F. Tinker Fellows Program

Bob TinkerThe Robert F. Tinker Fellows Program aims to promote innovation, creativity, and cross-disciplinary conversations in educational technology for STEM teaching and learning. Originally organized as a residency program, the fellowship was designed to bring individuals to the Concord Consortium to spark new ideas, tinker with novel technologies, cultivate outside perspectives, and provide opportunities for reflection on our work.

Many visitors, including international researchers, visited Bob at the Concord Consortium to share ideas, work elbow to elbow on new grants, and turn early design concepts into prototypes. It is in this spirit that the Fellows Program was created.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the 2021 fellowship will be remote.


The Concord Consortium hosts one fellow per year. The 2021 fellow must plan to meet with our staff via video conference meetings during a compressed two-week time frame (equivalent to full time) or spread over a longer period up to six weeks.

Fellows contribute and participate in the following ways:

  1. Engage in work that either extends or enriches a current Concord Consortium project or develops the possibility of future collaborative work related to our mission
  2. Produce something to leave behind at the Concord Consortium (paper, proposal, lesson idea, tabletop exhibit, model, or other artifact)
  3. Spend meaningful amounts of time interacting with Concord Consortium staff
  4. Write a reflection on their residency and provide feedback on their experiences with the Concord Consortium’s approaches, platforms, research, materials, OERs, designs, and/or processes
  5. Host a presentation about their work, insights, and discoveries during their residency

Fellowship themes

Robert F. (Bob) Tinker founded the Concord Consortium in 1994 and served as its dynamic and passionate president until 2009. He saw in technology the power to revolutionize how people learn and teach. And he continually pushed the limits of educational technology and pedagogies, pursuing ever more innovative ideas with new collaborators and partners. Bob passed away on June 21, 2017. With this fellowship, we remember his legacy and his unique personal qualities.

The themes below reflect Bob’s many interests and contributions to the field of educational technology. Fellows with synergistic work in the following broad themes are invited to apply:

Theme 1: Tools for inquiry
Theme 2: Learning and collaboration
Theme 3: Data explorations
Theme 4: Sustainability and the environment
Theme 5: Tinkering with models; playful experimentation
Theme 6: Online learning
Theme 7: Learning everywhere


The Tinker Fellows Program includes a total honorarium of $5,000.

Selection process

Fellows will be selected by an application and review process. To apply please send the following materials to

  • CV or resume
  • Two letters of references (include them with your application or ask them to be sent separately by the deadline)
  • A proposal of what you plan to do during your time at the Concord Consortium (no more than 2,500 words)
  • A list of the people and/or projects at the Concord Consortium with whom/which you intend to collaborate

Application deadline: November 16, 2020
Fellows will be notified by December 14, 2020

The committee to review applications includes members of the Board of Directors and staff.

Past Tinker Fellows

2020 Tinker Fellow Nicholas Horton
2019 Tinker Fellow Amy Hammett