The 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. 

The fellowship is set to begin July 2017 and conclude July 31, 2019.

Post-Baccalaureate Fellows serve as full-time employees of the Foundation and are placed in different programs and departments.  Through work supervised by an assigned mentor, fellows gain a range of widely applicable professional skills in research, communication, group facilitation, 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 Fellows have many of the following shared experiences:

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

Learning about and practicing the methods of improvement science

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

Fellowship Placements

Specific fellowship placements will depend upon staffing needs and applicant experience and skills. Current opportunities exist in the following areas:

Executive Office

  • Fellows in this area will focus on supporting the executive team with publications, writing, and materials management.  Tasks are likely to include checking references for upcoming publications, conducting literature reviews on educational topics, and drafting various writing products for the Foundation’s senior leaders.

External Offerings and Partnerships

  • These 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.


  • Fellows in this area tend to 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, and preparing written and visual content for deployment in print, web, social, and email communication products.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Willingness to commit to the two years of the fellowship program
  • Bachelor’s degree, completed within the past two years (March 2015 – June 2017)
  • 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 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

We are accepting applications through March 20, 2017. Please be aware that if you apply on or before March 20th, we will accept your recommendation letters after the deadline. To apply, you will be asked to submit the following items:

  • Resume
  • 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
  • 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 to be emailed on your behalf to


Fellowship Benefits

  • Networking and collaboration opportunities to work with national leaders in the fields of education and improvement science
  • Training, mentoring, and leadership development opportunities
  • Opportunity to attend one relevant national conference with travel, housing, and registration expenses paid
  • Full-time position and $43,500/year compensation
  • Generous benefits package
  • Relocation stipend to facilitate your move to the Carnegie Foundation in Stanford, California
  • Stanford Courtesy Card which provides use of Stanford facilities and a wide range of discounts

More Information

Learn more about the Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship Program and meet the current Post-Baccalaureate Fellows.