Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship

Stanford, California, United States Full-time

Thank you for your interest in applying for Carnegie’s Post­Baccalaureate Fellowship. Before completing this application, please carefully review the fellowship description. Please also confirm that you meet all fellowship eligibility criteria. If you have questions or difficulty submitting your application through this form, please email

Applications also require two letters of recommendation (with at least one from a professor) evaluating your leadership, communication, analytic, and research skills. These must be emailed directly from those providing the recommendation to the above email address. Carnegie will begin reviewing fellowship applications on a rolling basis. New applications will continue to be accepted until all placements are filled. If this form is available, new applications are still being considered.


Fellowship Program Description

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.

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, 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 many of the following shared experiences:

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 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:

Analytics and Collaborative Technology

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

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. 


  • 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.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Willingness to commit to the two years of the fellowship program starting July 2018
  • Bachelor’s degree, completed within the past two academic years (May 2016 – June 2018)
  • 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


  • Full time compensated appointment including full medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, as well as employer subsidized flexible spending plans
  • Relocation stipend to facilitate your move to the California
  • 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
  • $5,000/year in Educational Assistance to further your professional development
  • Generous time-off benefits and paid holidays

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

Application Materials

Once you click 'Apply for this opening,' you will be required to submit a personal statement, resume, writitng sample, and college transcripts.  Please confirm that your materials match the application requirements before uploading. All documents should be converted to .pdf for submission.

Please note that the Carnegie Foundation will not follow-up with your references for letters of recommendation. It is your responsibility to ensure the letters are submitted on your behalf to