Skip to main content
Educators meeting up at a conference.

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.

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: May 1 - July 1, 2021

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


Email us for more information about this opportunity.

Schools to Learn From

The Schools to Learn From program recognizes schools that excel at providing an excellent education for students. Selected schools host professional development workshops that enable other educators to implement strategies and best practices in their own schools.

Who can apply? 

  • School leaders can apply to have their school recognized as a School to Learn From and host professional development workshops for educators.

  • Educators can apply to visit a School to Learn From for a two-day professional development workshop, starting in the fall.

Application opens: Spring 2020

Learn more about Schools to Learn From.

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? Corps members and alumni with an interest in government and policy and 2-3 years of work experience (earned either before or after the corps).

Application opens: Fall 2020

Learn more about the Capitol Hill Fellows Program.

Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Social Innovation Award

TFA’s Social Innovation Award recognizes corps members and alumni who are working on new ideas that expand opportunities for students in low-income communities and address the root causes of educational inequity.

Who can apply? Corps members and alumni in the early stages of developing an idea, venture, or organization focused on educational equity.

Application deadline: Fall, 2020

Learn more about the Social Innovation Award.

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: Fall, 2020

Learn more about the Rural School Leadership Academy

Cognizant Innovation in Computer Science Education Awards

Through support from the Cognizant Foundation, these awards were established to identify individuals who have demonstrated measurable impact expanding access to and advocating for PK-12 computer science education.

Who can apply? School-based or systems-level leaders

Application opens: August 16, 2021

Learn more about the Cognizant Innovation in Computer Science Education Awards