The Heinz Fellows Program

The Heinz Fellows Program offers an extraordinary, year-long opportunity for forward-thinking, social justice-oriented individuals who are interested in advancing equity in education. Fellows will work in urban schools in collaboration with teachers, staff and school leaders to support students in academic, social, and emotional growth while building knowledge and skills necessary to work in urban contexts.

About the Program

  • Build knowledge, attitudes, disposition, skills and leadership to better understand and more effectively support students in Pittsburgh's urban schools
  • Develop skills in five key competencies, including (1) urban context, (2) tutoring and teaching, (3) mentoring and social support, (4) participatory action research, and (5) arts and technology
  • Engage with local community organizations, school officials, parents and families
  • Participate in professional development opportunities such as educator forums, monthly brown bag discussions, professional conferences, and bi-annual lectures from urban education experts
  • Learn through weekly seminars led by Center for Urban Education (CUE) faculty and experts in the field
  • Engage in reflective, critical discussion with colleagues
  • Participate in a sustainable, action research based project
  • Earn a competitive stipend for participation and a certificate from CUE upon completing the program


Program Requirements/Notes

Applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree by July 1, 2020
This is a full-time position located in Pittsburgh, Pa.
This program cannot be done concurrently with any other program 
Applicants do not need to have teaching certification or have any teaching experience
This program does not offer housing benefits


To apply, please submit:

  • An application form (download here)
  • An official college transcript
  • Transcripts can be sent via email or via postal service as follows:
  • Via mail to our physical address 4303 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, 230 S. Bouquet Street Pittsburgh, PA 15260.
  • Via e-mail from the institution via a verified source (i.e. Parchment, National Clearing House, etc.) to
  • A current résumé or C/V
  • Three professional letters of recommendation
  • A focused essay of 3-to-5 single-spaced pages addressing one of the following topics:
    • How have your prior experiences (life, schooling, work, etc.) prepared you for the future of urban education?

Please submit application materials to, or mail to:

Heinz Fellows Program
c/o Center for Urban Education
4303 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet St.
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15260

Applications, resumes, and essays are due by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern) on Friday, June 5, 2020. Transcripts and letters of recommendation may be submitted after the initial deadline. 

The program is scheduled to begin with a virtual onboarding July 6, 2020.

Questions? E-mail


Fellows' Work: 

Mentor program continues mission through pandemic

by Andrew Goldtstien, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (May 4, 2020)


Jamaal Gosa created a podcast series for Manchester Academic Charter School Jr. High School students to display their understanding of learning through classroom content, current events, and book reflection by recording art, poetry, and music in the studio. Listen to the podcast 

To see more of the Heinz Fellows' work, check out our Twitter page and follow the #FellowsFriday hashtag.