The Heinz Fellows Program

Collage of six photos of students who participated in 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

** The program is currently paused and is not accepting applications. For information, please contact**

Fellows' Work: 

"Heinz Fellow Christopher Darby wearing a "Young Black Educator" hoodie"

Mentor program continues mission through pandemic
by Andrew Goldstein, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (May 4, 2020)

Collage of three photos showing junior high school students using podcast equipment

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.