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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 schools.

Our public schools deserve our nation’s best thinking. TNTP’s fellowship “bridges” disciplines to harness innovative ideas from many sectors. The next Bridge Fellows will develop new approaches to helping more students of color thrive in school—and in life.

Bridge Fellow

Zaitrarrio Collier

A serial tech entrepreneur, Zaitrarrio has launched 10 non-profits and startups. As a Bridge Fellow, he created hands-on learning experiences to help more African-American and Latino young men thrive in high-tech workforce prep programs. He currently serves as TNTP’s Vice President of Technology.

Bridge Fellow

Dr. César Cruz

A community organizer and educator, César leads a nonprofit serving young people affected by gang activity in Oakland. As a Bridge Fellow, he developed an alternative education program for struggling students, drop-outs, gang members, and young men re-entering society after incarceration.

Bridge Fellow

Marvin Pierre

The son of Haitian immigrants, Marvin put his hopes in education to better his life. As assistant principal at KIPP Polaris Academy, he served as a role model for other young men like him. As a Fellow, he launched Eight Million Stories, an alternative education program that supports previously incarcerated boys of color as they re-enter school. 

The Program

During the hands-on residency, Bridge Fellows will benefit from resources and support as they develop their idea.


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

Exposure to TNTP's Work

Sharpen your perspective. Fellows inform their projects and learn from TNTP’s work with schools and districts.

Training and Network

Build your knowledge and network. Fellows benefit from a personal advisor, 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

2019 Project Theme

Bridge Fellows will grapple with a critical question: How can our public education system help more students of color thrive in school—and in life? Bridge Fellows will design new ways to give students richer experiences inside and outside the classroom. Focus areas might include (but aren’t limited to) forging stronger partnerships with students and their families; helping students develop the skills they need to achieve their personal goals; or affirming students’ cultural identity and value. Projects may draw on disciplines within and beyond education but should have a clear practical application for the schools and communities TNTP serves. 

How to Apply

The Bridge Fellowship application is now closed. 




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 staff members to discuss your project proposal and interest in the fellowship.

In October, Finalists will be invited to an in-person interview at TNTP’s office in New York City. Fellows will be announced in November.