What level of detail do I need to include in the project proposal?
Your project proposal should be a two-page overview of your idea for supporting students of color inside and outside the classroom, including a high-level description of how your project will benefit the schools and districts TNTP serves. It does not need to be a fully formed plan, or necessarily an essay—it can take any format you wish—but it should lay out what you plan to accomplish in the first 60 days of the fellowship, what you hope to build by the end of the fellowship year, and how your project will improve school experiences for students of color.
I have a background in education. Am I eligible to apply?
Absolutely. We welcome leaders from both inside and outside of education. Maybe you’re a teacher who wants to take a promising practice in your school and scale it nationwide? Or maybe you have relevant experience from another sector? Either way, we’re looking for a track record of innovation and a passion for creating new opportunities for students of color.
What resources will I have to develop my project?
Bridge Fellows can draw on considerable resources to develop their project, including support and advice from their advisory committee, a personal advisor, access to TNTP’s knowledge base, collaboration with TNTP staff and experts in the field, and direct exposure to a wide range of schools and districts. TNTP also covers expenses related to professional development and travel, including conferences, school visits, and other learning opportunities to sharpen your idea.
Does this fellowship lead to full-time employment at TNTP?
Possibly. The Bridge Fellowship was created to give innovative leaders the resources and support to get their idea for public schools off the ground. Our hope is that by the end of the year, you will launch your project in an actual school community and can continue advancing it after the fellowship is over. However, Bridge Fellows who perform well may be considered along with other candidates for any open positions at TNTP. Employment opportunities will depend on several factors, including Fellows’ professional interests and available positions.
When would I receive the $100,000 salary?
The salary is prorated over the course of the year and paid out in bimonthly installments. Bridge Fellows also receive comprehensive benefits, including medical, dental, and vision plans; flexible spending account options; 20 days of paid time off; and ample opportunities for professional development and travel.
Are Bridge Fellows required to work out of TNTP's central office in New York, NY?
No. Fellows can work out of a home office anywhere in the U.S. or from TNTP’s office. Fellows do travel occasionally, including attending one organization-wide conference a year.
Do I have to be a U.S. citizen to apply?
No, however, regardless of citizenship status, you must be able to provide proof that you are eligible to work in the United States. (Please note that TNTP does not sponsor applicants for employment visas.) There are many types of documents that can be used to show your authorization to work in the U.S., including various types of work visas. If you have questions, please contact us.