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HGSE Fellowships

The following opportunities are available to residential Ed.M. applicants. Part-time, online Ed.M. applicants are not currently eligible for HGSE Fellowships.

James Bryant Conant Fellowships

The James Bryant Conant Fellowship fund was established to support the professional growth of outstanding teachers and administrators under contract with the Boston and Cambridge public schools who are accepted to HGSE degree programs. Those interested in these competitive, full-tuition awards should consult their unions or school administrative offices concerning the tenure or professional status requirements of their school systems. There is a separate application required, which is found below.

Conant Fellowships are one-year awards which may be prorated for part-time study. Fellows are required to return to their school systems for a minimum of one year after completing the HGSE degree.

The 2022-2023 application deadline is February 11, 2022.

Urban Scholars Fellowships

The Urban Scholars Fellowship is designed to attract and reward exceptional Ed.M. and C.A.S. candidates who have provided evidence demonstrating their strong commitment to the betterment of urban education. Candidates are selected on the basis of academic excellence, a demonstrated commitment to a career working in urban education, and demonstrated financial need as determined by the HGSE Financial Aid Office. In particular they will have three years minimum of direct work experience or significant volunteer work in urban education settings (primarily urban schools, but also community organizations, non-profits, government agencies, etc.). Urban Scholars receive a fellowship package covering full HGSE tuition and student health insurance fees during the fellowship year, and must be enrolled full-time.

The application deadline is January 5, 2022 and is part of the 2022-2023 HGSE Admissions Application. Additionally, applicants must also complete:

Saul Zaentz Fellowships

The Saul Zaentz Fellowship Program is designed to attract exceptional students invested in early childhood education to enroll in HGSE's Ed.M. and Ed.L.D. Programs, both of which prepare 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. or Ed.L.D. 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.

The application deadline is January 5, 2022 and is part of the 2022-2023 HGSE Admissions Application. Additionally, applicants must also complete:

Leadership in Education Fellowships

Leadership in Education Fellowships are given to top Ed.M. degree candidates with strong leadership potential and demonstrated financial need as determined by the HGSE Financial Aid Office. Leadership in Education Fellowship recipients are given a fellowship close to one half of tuition during the one year program. Preference is given to alumni of Teach for America, the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps/VISTA, TeachFirst or other comparable full-time volunteer service programs. Fellowships are determined during the admissions process and no separate application is required.

The application deadline is January 5, 2022 and is part of the 2022-2023 HGSE Admissions Application. Additionally, applicants must also complete:

Zuckerman Fellowships

Candidates who already possess an M.D., J.D., M.B.A., D.M.D., or D.D.S. degree, or are currently in the process of obtaining one of those degrees are eligible to apply. Only Ed.M. candidates will be considered.

The application deadline is January 24, 2022. You can find details about the fellowship, eligibility, application process, and more on the Zuckerman Fellows website and in the Zuckerman Fellows brochure.

Pforzheimer Fellowships

Incoming Ed.M. students who are graduates of Harvard/Radcliffe College are eligible to apply. These fellowships are intended for graduate students who demonstrate significant talent for and commitment to public service. Priority is given to current practitioners. Candidates must submit:

  • A statement of no more than two double-spaced pages in length, describing your commitment to and experience in public service
  • A current curriculum vitae or résumé
  • The HGSE Financial Aid Application
  • The FAFSA (U.S. citizens and permanent residents only)

The application deadline is the same as for the HGSE Financial Aid Application, and application materials may be submitted via e-mail to finaid@gse.harvard.edu.