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TNTP Re-imagine Teaching

The Bridge Fellowship

TNTP’s Bridge Fellowship gives diverse leaders a platform to advance a bold idea for public education.

Our public schools deserve our nation’s best thinking. TNTP’s new fellowship “bridges” disciplines to harness innovative ideas from many sectors. In the inaugural year, three Bridge Fellows will spend 12 months designing new approaches to one of the most urgent challenges in education today: boosting achievement for young men of color.

Bridge Fellow

Zaitrarrio Collier

A serial tech entrepreneur, Zaitrarrio has launched 10 non-profits and startups. He’s on a mission to make math, science and engineering more relevant and engaging for students of color. He plans to create hands-on learning experiences that help more African-American and Latino young men thrive in high-tech workforce prep programs.

Bridge Fellow

César Cruz

A community organizer and educator, César leads a non-profit serving young people affected by gang activity in Oakland. As a Bridge Fellow, he plans to develop an alternative educational community center for struggling students, drop-outs, gang members, or young men re-entering society post-incarceration.

Bridge Fellow

Marvin Pierre

The son of Haitian immigrants, Marvin put his hopes in education to better his life. Now, as assistant principal at KIPP Polaris Academy for Boys, he serves as a role model for other young men like him. As a Fellow, he plans to develop an alternative education program to support previously incarcerated boys of color re-entering school.

The Program

During the hands-on residency, Bridge Fellows will gain broad exposure to the education sector and develop their idea for public schools.

Field Experience

Gain national education experience. Fellows spend half of their time working directly with schools, districts and states as part of TNTP’s client team.


Realize your vision. Fellows spend half of their time advancing a game-changing intervention with the potential for large-scale impact.

Training and Network

Build your knowledge and your management skills with a mentor, passionate and thought-provoking colleagues, and tailored learning opportunities.


Earn competitive compensation. Fellows receive a $100,000 salary and benefits so they can fully commit to the immersive, year-long experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

2016 Project Theme

Bridge Fellows will grapple with a critical question: How can we prepare more African-American and Latino males for success in school and beyond? Fellows will reimagine the school experience for these students and think holistically about ways school systems can dramatically increase their success. Projects should have a clear practical application and the potential to spark change for students who are poorly served by current policies and practices.

How to Apply

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Video Interview

In-person Interview

Complete the online application, which includes your resume, personal statement and your project proposal.

Participate in a 90-minute video interview with TNTP leadership to discuss your project proposal and interest in the fellowship.

Finalists will be invited to an in-person interview day at TNTP’s office in New York City. Bridge Fellows will be announced by early June.