Post Baccalaureate Fellowship

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 program that provides recent college graduates with a chance to learn from and contribute to the Foundation’s efforts in the field of education and, more specifically, networked improvement science in education.

Fellowship Program Description

Post-Baccalaureate Fellows serve in full-time appointments at the Foundation and are placed in different programs and departments and are assigned a supervising mentor. Fellows gain a range of widely applicable professional skills in research, communication, group facilitation, collaboration, teamwork, project management, writing, and leadership. The fellowship is cohort-based and supported by a Fellowship Director, allowing the Fellows to regularly engage in meaningful learning activities with peers in the program.

Post-Baccalaureate Fellows receive broad exposure to the Foundation’s current work, including the areas of networked improvement science, education policy, and education research.  Fellows are also exposed to the deep expertise and large 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 that Fellows may engage in:

Learning about and practicing the methods of Improvement Science by:

  • Applying improvement science methods to individual projects and efforts internal to the Foundation
  • Exploring and discussing foundational texts in the field of improvement
  • Learning about the work of networked improvement communities in the field
  • Attending, supporting, and contributing to the Carnegie Summit on Improvement in Education

Participating in the investigation of educational issues relevant to the work of the Foundation

  • Scanning literature and the field for effective practices
  • Collaborating with researchers and practitioners to test emergent ideas
  • Developing useful “knowledge products” to inform activities in the field (e.g., process maps, practical frameworks, and driver diagrams)
  • Assisting in writing reports about what is learned

Assisting in organizing convenings of educational researchers, practitioners and policy makers

  • Participating in the design of the agenda
  • Contributing to the logistical execution of a high-quality event
  • Assisting in summarizing what is learned

Coordinating communications with colleagues, partners, and networked improvement community members

  • Developing outreach and presentation materials
  • Drafting effective email and social media communication for various audiences

Supporting various analytic tasks

  • Entering, coding, and cleaning data
  • Running analyses and preparing reports of results of analyses

Fellowship Placements

Specific fellowship placements will depend upon staffing needs and applicant knowledge, experience, and skills. It is likely that opportunities will exist in the following areas:

Collaborative Technology

  • Fellows assigned to the Collaborative Technology Group support online solution implementations and data management.  Fellows also engage in the development of technological products that support networked collaboration.  Tasks may include assisting the group to coordinate technology implementation processes between the Foundation’s programs and external partners; assisting in the development of online survey tools; assisting with deployment of online tools.

Educative Communications

  • Fellows in this area focus on creative product design for clearly communicating complex ideas to diverse audiences.  Tasks may include using online design tools, creating and curating visual assets for an in-house library, as well as preparing written and visual content for deployment in print, web, social, and email communication products.

Networked Improvement Science

  • Fellows placed in Networked Improvement Science will help support program work.  Illustrative tasks may include compiling and tracking program information in spreadsheets and databases; tabulating data and producing effective graphs/charts/displays; synthesizing key findings from meetings and convenings; assisting with the preparation for meetings with internal and external stakeholders; and communicating with partners on program related activities.

Project Management and Program Support

  • Fellows will support the Foundation’s partnerships with state departments and county offices of education, school districts, and nonprofit organizations.  Likely tasks include assisting with the design and execution of important convenings and trainings related to networked improvement science, as well as providing administrative and logistical support to various program teams.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Willingness to commit to the two years of the fellowship program starting July 2019
  • Bachelor’s degree, completed within the past two academic years (December 2017 – June 2019)
  • Must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States; visa sponsorship is unavailable

Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrated commitment to improving the field of education
  • Desire to learn and apply the skills and tools of networked improvement science
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities and experience
  • Excellent writing skills and ability to explain difficult concepts to a general audience
  • Strong oral communication skills and 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 complete it on time
  • Ability to think flexibly and engage in creative problem-solving
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a team of diverse colleagues

How To Apply

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • Resume
  • Copy of college transcript(s) – an unofficial copy is acceptable
  • Writing sample (15 pages or less) from a previous writing project
  • Two letters of recommendation on letterhead (at least one from a professor), evaluating your leadership, communication, analytical, and research skills.
  • Personal Statement (750 words or less) describing the following:
    • Why you consider yourself a good fit for the program
    • Where your interests lie in terms of areas of responsibilities and program work
    • How your engagement in this opportunity will advance your own personal and professional goals


  • $45,000 per year stipend
  • Relocation stipend, if needed.
  • Full medical, dental, vision, life insurance, & employer subsidized flexible spending plans
  • Generous time-off benefits including 16 paid holidays
  • $5,000/year in Educational Assistance to further your professional development
  • 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, housing, and registration expenses paid
  • Training, mentoring, and leadership development opportunities
  • The Foundation offers a collaborative, community-building atmosphere grounded in an environment of mutual respect.
  • The facility is located in Stanford, California in a quiet pastoral setting near a hiking trail.
  • Amenities include a communal kitchen (coffee, tea, and drinks provided), weekly catered lunches, and outdoor eating/gathering areas.
  • We also offer on-site yoga classes, free parking, and electric car charging stations.