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The Saul Zaentz Fellowship Program is designed to attract exceptional students invested in early childhood education to enroll in HGSE's Ed.M. Program, which prepares leaders for critical roles in education policy and practice. The goal of the Saul Zaentz Fellowship Program is to prepare a new generation of leaders for the early childhood field. Candidates are selected on the basis of academic excellence and a demonstrated commitment to a career working in early childhood education. In particular candidates will have 3-5 years or more of direct work experience (paid or as a volunteer) in early childhood education, as a practitioner, researcher, advocate, or policymaker (this may include work in schools, but also in community organizations, non-profits, government work, etc.). In addition to completing the standard Ed.M. curriculum, as part of the Saul Zaentz Initiative, Saul Zaentz Fellows will participate in structured co-curricular, mentoring, and networking opportunities. Saul Zaentz Fellows receive an award package covering half of the HGSE tuition during the fellowship year, and must be enrolled full-time. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate financial need as determined by the HGSE Financial Aid Office.
To be considered for the Saul Zaentz Fellowship, you must complete the 2024-2025 HGSE Admissions Application, and submit: