Application Materials

Only Harvard College seniors and alumni are eligible to apply to Harvard Teacher Fellows. Applicants will be required to submit the following materials in the online application:

  1. Post-Secondary Transcript(s)

  2. Resume

  3. Two letters of recommendation: As part of the online application, you will be prompted to submit the name and contact information of your recommenders; they will receive an email with instructions as to how to submit their letter online.

    1. 1 letter from a Harvard College professor or instructor who can speak to your academic performance and capacity to excel in a master's program; and if possible, your grasp of the discipline area(s) for which you are applying

    2. 1 letter from a professor, instructor, supervisor, or administrator who can speak to your capacity to excel as a teacher and as a professional. 

  4. Personal statement that addresses how your personal and academic experiences have motivated and prepared you to teach in high-need secondary schools. Your statement should be double-spaced, minimum 11-point font, and a maximum of 1,000 words in length.

  5. Short Answer Responses (150-200 words) to the following prompts:

    1. Reflect on your role during an experience when you worked with a group or team.

    2. Reflect on an experience when you encountered an obstacle while working towards a goal.

  6. Discipline and Course Information

    1. Select each discupline you would be interested in teaching (English Language Arts, History/Social Studies, Math, Science).

    2. Rank each selected discipline in your order of preference.

    3. For each discipline you selected, complete the following:

      1. Describe your interest in teaching this discipline, as well as your general preparedness.

      2. List the specific courses you've taken (including APs) that are relevant to this discipline, and provide a 1-2 sentence summary of the relevant content covered in each course.


Once all applications have been reviewed, HTF will invite selected applicants to participate in required individual interviews.

A comprehensive list of application dates can be found in the Application Timeline.

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