Applications for Cohort 3 have closed. Updated application materials for Cohort 4 will be posted by July 1, 2018.


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—one from a professor or TF and one from someone who can speak to your personal qualities and potential for teaching. 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.

  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 answers (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. Evidence of coursework alignment with Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's subject-matter requirements:

    1. Visit the Department of Education's website, which lists the Massachusetts subject-matter requirements for middle and high school disciplines.

    2. Copy the list of subject-matter requirements for your desired teaching grade(s) and discipline(s) and paste them into a Word document.

    3. Under each requirement, list the college courses and AP credits you have earned that address the requirement; also list any relevant courses that you are taking during the fall of 2017 or intend to take during the spring of 2018.

    4. Upload  your Word document as indicated in the online HTF application.


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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