Graduate School Fellowship: Admissions Process and Timeline
EP’s multi-step admissions process assists us in identifying talented individuals with diverse skill sets, professional experiences, and above all, a commitment to U.S. education reform. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
Applicants must submit an online application for the Graduate School Fellowship by one of two deadlines:
- December 11, 2013: Priority Round deadline*
- February 3, 2014: Final Round deadline
*It is strongly encouraged that candidates apply by December 11, 2013, as approximately 70% of our Graduate School Fellowship offers are made from the Priority Round.
The Graduate School Fellowship has a multi-step admissions process that may include:
- An online application
- A critical thinking exercise
- An in-depth interview
- A group interview day
Candidates who advance to the critical thinking exercise stage will receive an email invitation within the day that they submitted their online application, and will have seven days to complete the exercise. Candidates should keep this timeline in mind when submitting the online application. Please note: all priority round critical thinking exercises will be due no later than December 13, 2013. We encourage candidates to apply early, as applicants who wait to apply will have less time to complete their task.
Candidates may only apply once for the 2014 Graduate School Fellowship Program. Please review our admissions timeline below for admission stage description and dates. To view our Frequently Asked Questions for the Graduate School Fellowship, please click here.
|Online Application Deadline||December 11, 2013||February 3, 2014|
|Critical Thinking Exercise Notification||Candidates invited to the critical thinking exercise will receive an email notification with a link to complete the exercise online.||Same day of application submission||Same day of application submission|
|Critical Thinking Exercise Completion||Candidates invited to the critical thinking exercise will have a one-week window to complete the online activity
*Please note: all priority round critical thinking exercises will be due no later than December 13, 2013; candidates who wait to apply will have less time to complete their task.
|Within 1 week of invitation*||Within 1 week of invitation|
|In-Depth Interview Notification||All candidates will receive an e-mail notification with information about next steps on the date provided for each round. Candidates invited to the in-depth interview will receive instructions to sign up for a one-hour interview slot. Interviews for the priority round will take place either by phone or on campus. Interviews for the final round will take place by phone. Phone interviews are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.||Early January||Early March|
|In-Depth Interviews||Candidates who are invited to the in-depth interview will participate in a 45-60 minute interview, either by phone or on-campus. For phone interviews, candidates must have a valid US phone number or access to Skype.||January||March|
|Group Interview Day Notification||All candidates will receive an e-mail notification within two-three weeks of their in-depth interview. Candidates who move forward in the process will be invited to attend an in-person Group Interview Day at the closest location. Invited candidates must RSVP to confirm their attendance at Group Interview Day.||End of January||Mid-March|
|Group Interview Day||Invited candidates will participate in a group activity and have opportunities to meet other candidates, Education Pioneers staff, and Education Pioneers Alumni. Group Interview Day is mandatory. Candidates who are currently located outside of the United States should notify Education Pioneers to discuss Group Interview Day arrangements.||Early February||Late March-Early April|
|Admissions Decisions Notification||All candidates will receive notification by phone of their final admissions decision. Candidates will receive offers, be declined from the program or become Finalists.
Finalists are candidates who meet all admissions criteria but may not be able to match with a project, due to their skill sets and interests. Finalists will be admitted if and when Education Pioneers is able to secure projects that suit their skill sets and interests.
|By March 3||By April 18|
|Candidate Decisions Due to Education Pioneers||Education Pioneers respects all graduate school recruiting policies and is able to accommodate candidates accordingly.||By March 17||By May 2|
|Placement Process||Education Pioneers works to match accepted Fellows with a project based on their skills and interests and Partner needs.||March-May||May|