Learn more about our eligibility requirements.

I am an international student, am I eligible to apply?

International students are eligible to apply only if they are authorized to work in the United States and do not require any visa assistance. At this time, Education Pioneers and our Partners are unable to sponsor international visas. If your current visa sponsorship allows you to work and participate for the duration of your placement, you are eligible to apply to our program.  Please take note that due to our placement process, applicants may only receive two weeks notice before they must start their position.

Do I need a graduate degree to apply?

You do not need a graduate degree to be eligible to apply. However, candidates who have enrolled in or completed a graduate degree typically fare better in our selection process. 

I have been rejected from an Education Pioneers Fellowship in the past, can I apply again this year?

Yes, you are welcome to apply for an Education Pioneers Fellowship again as long as you are authorized to work in the United States, meet our current eligibility requirements, and have experience in our priority skill areas of data and analysis, strategy and planning, operations, and program and project management. Please keep in mind that the Summer Fellowship and the Impact Fellowship each have two admissions rounds and candidates not advancing in the priority round cannot apply again for the final round of admissions. 


Learn more about the admissions process for the Summer and Impact Fellowships.

Can I apply to both the Summer and Impact Fellowships?

While you can apply to both, be aware that you would have to participate in and complete two different admissions processes. We strongly encourage you to review the two Fellowships and choose the one that is a best fit for you.   

How do I know if you have received my application?

After you submit your application, you'll receive a confirmation and follow-up email that explains the next steps in the process.  

Is it advantageous to apply during Priority Round?

Our admissions and vetting is comprehensive, and to maximize your opportunities for placement, we highly encourage you to complete and submit your application during priority round! Nearly 70% of our Fellows are selected from priority round applicants. While we hope to find you a confirmed placement in the first round, if unsuccessful, you can be considered for our second round of matching. Priority round applicants therefore have the opportunity to go through two rounds of matching and learn about potential placements earlier.  

Do you require references as part of your admissions process?

Yes, we require two references as part of your admissions file. You can provide your references with your initial application or anytime before you complete your In-depth Interview. There is no penalty for submitting your references after submitting your application. We allow this option because we understand that it may take extra time to finalize your reference choices. If Education Pioneers decides to contact your references, we will do so after the In-Depth interview stage of our selection process and candidates will be notified a minimum of 72 hours in advance of your references being contacted.

My resume has changed substantially since I uploaded it, can I re-upload it?  

Please reach out to recruiting@educationpioneers.org with your updated resume. We highly encourage all candidates to make sure their resumes are the most up-to-date. Please don't forget to review our "Guide to a Great Resume" to get insight on how to craft an impressive resume.

Matching and Placement

Learn more about the admissions process for the Summer and Impact Fellowships.

What cities do you place Fellows in? 

For Summer 2020, Education Pioneers will place Fellows in the following locations:

  • Boston Metro Area
  • Chicago
  • DC Metro Area
  • Denver
  • Memphis
  • New York
  • San Francisco Bay Area

Does EP offer relocation money to move to my placement location?

Unfortunately, no, EP is not able to help our candidates with relocation efforts. 

How long is an EP Summer Fellowship placement?

Summer Fellowship placements span 10 consecutive weeks, and candidates must be available to work all 10 weeks. Placement details can vary by Partner, but you would be alerted to any variation. Placements typically run from early June through mid -August.

How long is an EP Impact Fellowship placement?

Impact Fellowship placements are 10 months, and candidates must be available to work all 10 months. Placement details can vary by Partner, but you would be alerted to any variation. 2019-2020 placements begin between July and September.

What are the dates for the professional and leadership development that accompanies EP Fellowships? 

Programming for the 2020 Summer Fellowship will run from early June 2020 through mid-August 2020. Specific dates will be released in the spring; in the meantime, you can learn more about programming here. Programming for the 2020 Impact Fellowship spans September 2019 - May 2020; you can read more here.

Does being a finalist in the matching and placement process mean I am guaranteed to become a Fellow?

Unfortunately, no. We believe our finalists have the potential to make a big impact on the education sector; however, becoming a Fellow is contingent on confirming a placement with a Partner. We match candidates with projects that we think will be a good fit based on the information we have from you and the needs of our Partners. You and a Partner must interview and agree that a role is a good fit in order to be confirmed. Not every finalist will receive matches, and not every match will result in a placement. 


Can I speak to someone at EP on the phone?

Due to the high volume of requests and questions we receive, we recommend emailing recruiting@educationpioneers.org to most effectively receive the information you desire.

Can I speak with an EP Alumnus/a?

Alumni are involved in some of our recruitment events and as part of interview staff. However, due to the high volume of requests to connect with Alumni and their busy schedules, we are not set up to facilitate formal interactions. Thank you for understanding.