Application Process

Education Pioneers’ admissions process assists us in identifying talented individuals with diverse professional experiences, skill sets, and a commitment to transforming public education. The Graduate School Fellowship has a four-step admissions process:

Step 1: Application & Critical Thinking Exercise
Step 2: In-Depth Interview
Step 3: Group Interview
Step 4: Offer & Placement

Minimum Required Qualifications

You are eligible to apply for the Graduate School Fellowship if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are authorized to work in the United States.
  • You have completed at least 1 year of graduate studies by June 2015* or you hold a graduate degree.
  • You have at least 2 years of work experience by June 2015.*
  • Undergraduate or graduate internships cannot be considered as professional work experience.

*Program start date

2015 Admissions Timeline

There are two rounds of admissions for the Graduate School Fellowship: the Priority Round and the Final Round. We strongly encourage you to apply during the Priority Round because we historically select more than 70% of the Fellow cohort during this earlier round. In addition, our early application guarantees earlier notification of our final decision.
 

PRIORITY ROUND

Online Application Due: December 15, 2014 (by 11:59 pm PST)

  • Submit personal information, academic and work history.
  • Upload resume: PDF format strongly recommended. 
  • Complete the Critical Thinking Exercise – sent to all elligible candidates 24 hours after application submission. 

Learn if you're advancing to the In-Depth Interview stage by EOD January 6. 

In-Depth Interviews: December 8 – January 25

  • 45–60 minute in-person or phone interview with an EP Staff person or alumnus/a. 
  • Answer questions regarding your interest in K-12 education reform and academic and work history and learn more about the value of an Education Pioneers Fellowship. 

Learn if you're advancing to the Group Interview stage by EOD January 30. 

Group Interviews: February 6 – February 13

  • 2-hour session with other candidates for the Graduate School Fellowship. 
  • Work in teams on a case study involving current issues in K-12 education. 

Final Admissions Notification: March 4, 2015

  • Candidates may receive an offer, be placed on the waitlist, or be declined admission to the program. 
  • Offerees are asked to provide a decision to Education Pioneers within 2 weeks of receiving their offer. Education Pioneers will respect all school policies regarding offers. 

Placement: March – May

  • Matching occurs. 
     

FINAL ROUND

Online Application Due: February 2, 2015 (by 11:59 pm PST)

  • Submit personal information, academic and work history. 
  • Upload resume: PDF format strongly recommended. 
  • Complete the Critical Thinking Exercise – sent to all eligible candidates 24 hours after application submission. 

Learn if you're advancing to the In-Depth Interview stage by EOD February 20. 

In-Depth Interviews: February 22 – March 9

  • 45-60 minute phone interview with an EP Staff person or alumnus/a. 
  • Answer questions regarding your interest in K-12 education reform and your academic and work history and learn more about the value of an Education Pioneers Fellowship. 

Learn if you're advancing to the Group Interview stage by EOD March 11. 

Group Interviews: March 16 – March 27

  • 2-hour session with other candidates for the Graduate School Fellowship. 
  • Work in teams on a case study involving current issues in K-12 education. 

Final Admissions Notification: April 17, 2015

  • Candidates may receive an offer, be placed on the waitlist, or be declined admission to the program. 
  • Offerees are asked to provide a decision to Education Pioneers within 2 weeks of receiving their offer. Education Pioneers will respect all school policies regarding offers. 

Placement: April – May

  • Matching occurs. 

What We Look For

People Who Will Drive Impact

Education Pioneers is a partner-driven organization, committed to connecting our Partners with standout Fellows who will drive impact at their organizations from day one. Whether their expertise is in human resources, project management, teaching, data analysis, IT, or another area, all Fellows have personal characteristics that make them successful in often ambiguous, challenging projects. 

Independent •  Decisive • Strategic thinkers • Results-oriented

People Who Will Meaningfully Contribute to a Cohort

Graduate School Fellows are part of a local “cohort.” Members of the same cohort are located in the same city or region and placed with a variety of partners in the area. During their placements, Fellows engage with other cohort members in a series of full-day professional development workshops. These workshops are a defining feature of the Graduate School Fellowship, and the content explored and relationships forged during workshop days are often highlighted by alumni as some of the most valuable parts of the Fellow experience. Our Fellows are:

Open-minded • Collaborative • Articulate • Thoughtful • Inclusive

Preparing to Apply

Build a Strong Resume

Your resume is a critical piece of your application to Education Pioneers. We strongly encourage you to review the following resources to ensure that you are submitting an exemplary resume to Education Pioneers.

  • See what a great resume looks like. Download example
  • Use our resume template to improve your resume before applying. Download template
  • Review our “Guide to a Great Resume” to get insights on how to craft an impressive resume. Download guide
     

FAQs

Eligibility

  • I am an international student, am I eligible to apply? All candidates who apply must be authorized to work in the United States. International students are eligible to apply only if they are authorized to work in the United States and do not require any visa assistance.
  • How many years of work experience must I have to apply? We require all of our candidates to have at least 2 years of professional work experience by the start of the program (June 2015). Undergraduate and graduate internships cannot be considered as professional work experience.
  • I was rejected from Education Pioneers for the 2014 Graduate School Fellowship; can I apply to the 2015 program? If you are eligible and meet the requirements, you are welcome to apply for the 2015 Graduate School Fellowship. Please keep in mind that candidates, if rejected for the 2015 Priority Round, cannot apply again for the Final Round in 2015.

Admissions Process

  • What if I can't attend the Group Interview due to an extenuating circumstance? If you have applied during the priority round and are unable to attend, we will ask you to attend a final round Group Interview. If you have applied during the final round and will not be available, we will evaluate the circumstances on a case-by-case basis. If you are currently living outside the United States, contact recruiting@educationpioneers.org to discuss Group Interview options.
  • My resume has changed substantially since I uploaded it, can I re-upload it? No, this will compromise your application. However, you are more than welcome to email your updated resume to recruiting@educationpioneers.org. We highly encourage all candidates to make sure their resumes are the most up-to-date, including current club/organization membership, leadership experience, undergraduate GPA, honors and awards, and volunteer work.

Placement Duration, Location, and Dates

  • Can I apply to be considered for both the 10-week and yearlong placements? Yes. The online application allows you to express interest in being considered for both placements.
     
  • What cities do you place Fellows in? In 2015, Education Pioneers will place Graduate School Fellows in the following locations:
    • Austin
    • Chicago
    • Connecticut (includes Bridgeport, Hartford, and New Haven)
    • Dallas / Ft. Worth
    • DC Metro Area
    • Denver
    • Greater Boston
    • Greater Los Angeles
    • Houston
    • Memphis
    • Nashville
    • New Jersey (includes Newark, Camden, and Trenton)
    • New Orleans
    • New York (includes New York City and State)
    • San Francisco Bay Area
       
  • What are the program dates for this year? The 10-week placement will run from June 2015 through August 2015. The yearlong placement will run from June 2015 through June 2016.