Apply by April 20 for Teacher Training Scholarship


Applications are now being accepted for teacher training scholarships to lead The Benji Project’s Making Friends with Yourself class. Please see the attached background and FAQs for complete information.


Supported by generous donors including The Fund for Women and Girls, The Benji Project will extend scholarships to two people to train as teachers of the Making Friends with Yourself curriculum, a course on mindful self-compassion for teenagers. The Fund for Women and Girl is funding one scholarship, which must be awarded to a female. The scholarship application process will select two recipients and an alternate.

To become an instructor in the curriculum, individuals must complete two courses: a mindful self-compassion course for adults designed by the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion  and the teacher training class in Making Friends with Yourself. The first class is offered as an eight-week or five-day intensive program at locations around the United States and abroad.

The MFY teacher trainings are offered less frequently and only as five-day intensives. MFY training also calls for ongoing mentorship and consultation with the program creators to refine the new teacher’s skill.

The co-developers of the MFY program set as prerequisites for trainee teachers that they have a personal mindfulness practice and experience working with adolescents in either a clinical or educational setting.

What is being offered?

Supported in part by a grant from The Fund for Women and Girls, The Benji Project will pay travel and tuition costs for two individuals to take the two required trainings up $5,000 each. Under the terms of the grant from the FWG, the recipient of its funding must be a woman. The Benji Project has a policy of nondiscrimination and encourages a diverse applicant pool.

What is expected of scholarship recipients?

Scholarship recipients will be asked to pay a modest amount of the expenses themselves, to demonstrate commitment to the program. The Benji Project will cover remaining expenses for training including lodging, food, transportation and tuition based on actual costs. Scholarship recipients will be expected to teach MFY classes in Jefferson County. Details of the commitment will be agreed with recipients before scholarships are awarded.

How do I apply?

Download the application form from The Benji Project website and fill it out either as an electronic document or printout. Email it to or send it by postal mail to The Benji Project, 1404 Washington St., Port Townsend, WA 98368. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on April 20, 2018. No late applications will be accepted.

Are there any restrictions on who can apply?

Applicants must be 23 or older. Individuals not residing in Jefferson County may apply but must commit to teaching in Jefferson County.

When is the application due?

April 20 at 5 p.m. No late applications will be accepted.

What sort of qualifications is The Benji Project looking for?

Applications will be assessed for strengths and experience that would help an individual be a  successful teacher of MFY. These include experience working with adolescents, education and credentials, mental health or healthcare experience, maturity, commitment to our mission, personal background in and practice of mindfulness, ability to engage and present to teenagers, relatability and personal integrity. Applicants’ availability to attend teacher trainings in 2018 will also be considered.

What happens after I submit my application?

A panel of reviewers will read and evaluate each application. The Benji Project commits to a process that is objective and free from bias. Based on the scoring and ranking of applications by the panel, a short list of the top applicants will be identified. Those individuals may be contacted to provide further information and conduct a personal interview. All applicants will be notified by email of the decision by May 10.    

What if I have another question?

Please email with any other questions.