Application Process


Interested in applying to the NYC Teaching Fellows program? Keep reading for more information about how the process works and what you need to do.



Before you do anything else, read through the material on this website carefully. It covers everything from the structure of the New York City public school system to the types of courses you might take as a Fellow. Familiarize yourself with the details of the program.


Additionally, The NYC Teaching Fellows program holds regular information sessions for individuals interested in applying. To register for an information session, click here.



Applicants to the program must meet a number of eligibility requirements in order to be considered. Make sure you're eligible!



Apply online today! Applying is easy with our online application. Please note that you must complete your application electronically.

A complete application includes the following:

• Personal Statement
• Resume
• Online application form

Personal Statement
Candidates are required to submit an essay as part of the application. The personal statement must be between 500 - 1,000 words and should address the following three short answer questions.

1) Why do you want to become a teacher?

2) The most important responsibility of a teacher is to ensure high academic achievement for all students. Describe a skill or ability that you have that will help you reach this goal. Provide an example of how you have effectively used this skill or ability in the past.

3) Nearly all Fellows work in 'high-need schools' located in low-income communities. What experiences have led you to want to work in a high need school?

Please include in your response any volunteer or employment experience you may have working with children and/or young adults in high-need communities.

This personal statement provides us with information not captured elsewhere in the application. This should not be a general philosophy of teaching but should offer insight on why you are applying to teach. Candidates should complete the personal statement in a separate word processing document and either upload or copy and paste it when completing the online application form.


The resume should clearly outline your work history, including dates of employment and descriptions of responsibilities and accomplishments. In addition to providing employment information, the resume is the best way for candidates to highlight previous achievements – both academic and professional – along with any community involvement or volunteer experience. The resume document should be created prior to applying online and uploaded when completing the online application form.

Online Application Form

The completed online application form requires general contact information, as well as information about undergraduate coursework and GPA. It is possible for you to begin an online application, save the initial information entered, and return at a later time to complete and submit full materials. 


4. INTERVIEW (if invited).

Applicants demonstrating potential will be invited to participate in an interview event. You should know whether you have been invited to an interview within approximately two to three weeks of submitting your completed application. Not all applicants will be invited to interview.

You must be prepared to interview in New York City and submit one unofficial transcript from each university attended within two to three weeks of being invited. 
The interview event will include a teaching sample, a discussion with other candidates, and a personal interview. 



Based on the strengths of your application and interview, the Fellowship will decide whether or not you are right for the program. Final admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. In general you can expect to hear from us within three to four weeks after your interview date.