Fellows Program

Building a pipeline of leaders equipped to drive transformation in early education.

Meet Our Current Fellows

Program Overview

The Saul Zaentz Fellows Program is designed for exceptional students invested in early childhood education who enroll full-time in HGSE's Master's (Ed.M.) Program or the Doctor of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) Program, both of which prepare leaders for critical roles in education policy and practice.

The fellowship was established in response to the urgent demand for exemplary leaders in the field of early education. Designed for those with a background and interest in early education policy, practice, and research, the Zaentz Fellows Program provides co-curricular programming, networking events, and mentoring that enhance the program experience while the cohort is on campus. Long after commencement ceremonies have passed, Zaentz Fellows are part of a community that is committed to promoting strong early learning environments and experiences.

Who Should Apply?

The ideal applicant demonstrates a strong commitment to pursuing a career in the field of early education. We also look for an outstanding academic record and at least three years of direct work experience (paid or as a volunteer) in the broad field of early education. Preference is given to candidates who demonstrate financial need as determined by the HGSE Financial Aid Office.

The Award

Zaentz Fellows in the Ed.M. Program receive an award package covering half of the HGSE tuition.

Join the Zaentz Fellows

Complete the HGSE Admissions Application.

As part of the application, those interested will be prompted to submit a statement describing their work and goals. Be sure to also complete the HGSE Financial Aid Application and the FAFSA.

Learn more about applying to HGSE and upcoming information sessions about the Saul Zaentz Fellows Program.