Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship, 2021-23

The Carnegie Foundation is pleased to announce an extraordinary learning and career development opportunity for young professionals: the Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship is a paid, two-year appointment  that provides recent college graduates with the opportunity to learn from and contribute to the Foundation’s efforts in the field of improvement science in education.

Fellowship Program Description

Post-Baccalaureate Fellows serve in full-time appointments at the Foundation, splitting their time among a home department, project placements across the Foundation, and fellowship work. The fellowship is cohort-based and supported by a Fellowship Director, an assigned internal mentor, and regular engagement in meaningful learning activities with peers in the program. Through this fellowship, Fellows gain a range of widely applicable professional skills, such as communications, group facilitation, collaboration, teamwork, and project management. They also will benefit from leadership opportunities in a variety of settings. 

Fellows receive broad exposure to the Foundation’s current and future work, with a primary focus on supporting the use of networked improvement science by educational enterprises and organizing our annual conference, The Carnegie Summit on Improvement in Education. Fellows are also exposed to the deep expertise and extensive professional network of Carnegie staff and partners. 

This program is designed to ensure that all Fellows have a variety of shared experiences. The tasks described below are representative of activities in which the Fellows may be engaged.

During the first year of the fellowship, Fellows will have the opportunity to: 

  • Learn and apply improvement science curriculum through activities with other Fellows
  • Practice project-based learning through placement on programmatic project teams (as available)
  • Participate in work furthering the Foundation’s new strategic priorities (TBD July 2021)
  • Gain a broad exposure to the work of different teams and projects through experiences such as self-facilitated panel discussions, staff interviews, and networking opportunities
  • Participate in self-guided professional development activities
  • Contribute to work within their home department
  • Craft a personal learning strategy framework to develop the Fellow’s work interests and goals for the second year

During the second year of the fellowship, Fellows will have the opportunity to: 

  • Apply developing knowledge and expertise through participation in one or more project teams (based on expressed interest and availability)
  • Continue participating in professional development and networking experiences with an emphasis on next steps after the fellowship is completed
  • Engage more directly with the work performed by the Foundation in collaboration with partners, networks, schools, practitioners, etc. 
  • Assist in the ongoing iteration and improvement of the fellowship program based on their individual and shared experiences
  • Continue work within their home departments 

Through this scaffolded structure, Fellows are able to learn about and gain experience in most or all of the following areas, as tailored by their individual interests and departments: 

  • Develop useful knowledge products to inform activities in the field (e.g., process maps, practical frameworks, and driver diagrams)
  • Assist in writing articles, reports, blogs, and supporting communications  
  • Develop outreach and presentation materials
  • Coordinate and support project work  
  • Facilitate groups both online and in-person
  • Research existing literature and activities in the field for best practices
  • Draft effective email and social media communication for various audiences
  • Enter, code, and clean data
  • Run analyses and prepare reports on the results of these analyses
Fellowship Placements

Specific fellowship placements in the Foundation will depend upon applicant knowledge, experience, and skills. More information about departmental openings will be provided during the interview process. 

Eligibility Criteria
  • Able to commit to the two years of the fellowship program starting September 2021
  • Completion of Bachelor’s degree within the past two academic years (December 2019–June 2021)
  • Legally authorized to work in the United States for the duration of the fellowship (visa sponsorship is unavailable)
Selection Criteria
  • Commitment to equity and improving the field of education
  • Desire to learn and apply the skills and tools of networked improvement science
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities and experiences
  • Excellent writing skills and the ability to explain difficult concepts to a general audience
  • Strong oral communication skills and the ability to make presentations to diverse audiences
  • Ability to take on a partially defined task; test your understanding with others; and organize, plan, and execute effectively to meet established deadlines
  • Strong personal organizational skills 
  • Ability to think flexibly and engage in creative problem-solving
  • Adept at working collaboratively with a team of diverse colleagues in-person and virtually 
  • Full time compensation of $58,250 plus full medical, dental, vision, and life insurance
  • Employer-subsidized flexible spending plans
  • Relocation stipend to facilitate your move to California
  • Networking and collaboration opportunities to work with national leaders in the fields of education and improvement science
  • Opportunity to attend one relevant national conference with travel, accommodation, and registration expenses paid
  • Training, mentoring, and leadership development opportunities
  • $5,000/year in Educational Assistance to further your professional development
  • Generous time-off benefits and paid holidays
How to Apply

We will be accepting applications for the 2021–23 Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship Program until May 14, 2021. You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • Resume
  • Copy of college transcript(s) – an unofficial copy is acceptable
  • Writing sample (five pages or less) from a previous writing project
  • Two letters of recommendation on letterhead (at least one from a professor, the second preferably from someone who has supervised your work) evaluating your leadership, communication, analytical, and research skills.
  • Personal Statement (750 words or less):
    • What does educational equity mean to you? How have your schooling and work experiences shaped your perspective?
    • Why do you consider yourself a good fit for the program?
    • How would your engagement in this fellowship advance your own personal and professional goals?



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