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Invest in your leadership and professional growth with these opportunities from Teach For America.

As a Teach For America alum or corps member, you are impacting students and educational equity in so many ways. We've created opportunities for further your learning and growth because we believe that investing in your leadership is a powerful investment in the lives of students across the country. 

Many of these opportunities offer additional benefits for you, such as stipends, tuition coverage, funding, and national recognition.

Learn more about each program, eligibility requirements, and application timeline below.

  • TFA Summer HEAT

    Registration for the all-new TFA Summer HEAT training program opens on April 14, 2022 at 9 am ET for all PreK-12 teachers from corps years 2018-2021! This is an exclusive opportunity for early career Teach For America teachers to develop advanced skills in exceptional teaching. Limited seats are available, and registering early will secure your spot before the waitlist opens.

    Register by May 9th

Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teacher Leadership Award

The Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teacher Leadership Award celebrates outstanding teacher leaders achieving excellent outcomes in the classroom and pursuing systems change to expand opportunities for all children.

Who can apply? Corps member or alumni teachers (individuals or teams of teachers)

Application opens: The award is paused for 2022

Learn more about the Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teacher Leadership Award.

Peter Jennings Award for Civic Leadership

The Peter Jennings Award for Civic Leadership is presented annually to a Teach For America alum or team of alumni who embodies our core values and whose work has led to significant progress toward educational equity and excellence in the last year.

Who can apply? TFA alumni may nominate themselves or their fellow alums.

Nomination Information

Nominations will be accepted December 1, 2021 through January 31, 2022.

Learn more about the Peter Jennings Award for Civic Leadership


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Capitol Hill Fellows Program

The Capitol Hill Fellows Program is a year-long fellowship that places TFA alumni in full-time, paid congressional staff positions on Capitol Hill. Fellows gain incredible insights into the legislative process and hands-on experience with policy and politics at the national level.

Who can apply?: Second year corps members and alumni with an interest in government and public policy

Application opens: Application opens each Fall; accepted Fellows start work the following Summer

Learn more about the Capitol Hill Fellows Program.

Rural School Leadership Academy

The Rural School Leadership Academy is a fully sponsored year-long fellowship for current and aspiring school leaders working in rural communities. Join a cohort of leaders from across the country and develop the skills necessary to expand your work in rural education. 

Who can apply? Teachers and mid-level school leaders working in rural schools. Non-TFA alums may also apply.

Application opens: Cohort 11 application will open in November 2022.

Learn more about the Rural School Leadership Academy