Education Fellowships

How to Apply

How to Apply for a Fellowship

If you have questions about fellowship applications, contact Alexandra Harrigan in the Office of Graduate Admission at 978-837-5416 or harrigana@merrimack.edu.

Please apply using our online application. You will be required to create an account by registering a username and password. Registering an account will allow you to start an application, save, and then log back in at any time to complete it before submission.

  • Your essay(s), resume, and any additional documents may be uploaded electronically through the application portal.
  • Enrollment history is collected in the online application. However, an official copy of your transcript(s) must be submitted in one of two ways:

    Submit electronically from the Registrar’s office to graduate@merrimack.edu.

  • Mail to:
    Merrimack College
    Office of Graduate Admission
    315 Turnpike Street

    North Andover, MA 01845  

Application Process

As a first step, you will be notified on a rolling basis of a decision into theM.Ed. graduate program for which you applied. You may be invited to interview for a fellowship position based on the strength of your application. Interview Day brings together site supervisors and potential fellows. Great care is taken to match students with appropriate fellowship placement sites.

We encourage you to apply by the priority deadline for your program of interest. 

Community Engagement
Fellowship Priority Application Deadline: March 1, 2020

Higher Education
Fellowship Priority Application Deadline: December 10, 2019

Teacher Education
Fellowship Priority Application Deadline: December 10, 2019

Application Components

Teacher Education

Fellowship positions are determined based on the school and/or district needs for that academic year. Your license covers a wide range of grade levels, so please choose a primary license concentration for your Fellowship application, but also indicate if there are other licenses that you may be interested in pursuing.

  • Early Childhood Education (PreK-2) - Initial License
  • Elementary Education (1-6) - Initial License
  • Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8) - Initial License
  • English as a Second Language (PreK-6) - Initial License
  • High School (8-12)
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Earth Science
    • English
    • History
    • Math
    • Physics
  • Middle School (5-8)
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Earth Science
    • English
    • General Science
    • History
    • Math
    • Humanities
    • Math/Science
    • Physics
  1. Completed online application.
  2. Official, sealed transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. *Applicants who are currently completing their undergraduate degree are encouraged to submit a transcript that shows final grades for the fall semester, as well as enrolled courses for the spring semester.
  3. Current resume.
  4. Two (2) letters of reference (one professional and one academic) that speak to your capacity for leadership, professionalism, and ability to succeed in this Fellowship program. Letters should be from a direct supervisor or college professor who can speak to your interest and potential for success in a graduate education program.
  5. One essay question (maximum 500 words each) that answers the question: Why is a Teacher Education Fellowship important to you?  Your essay will be evaluated as part of your application, but may also be shared with potential Fellowship placement sites.

  6. MTEL score reports. It is strongly encouraged that applicants have passed the Communications and Literacy Skills (01) MTEL before starting the Fellowship field experience in September. Fellows are expected to pass all required MTELs by December of the year they begin their fellowship.

  7. A copy of current teaching license, if applicable.
Higher Education
  1. Completed online application.
  2. Official, sealed transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. *Applicants who are currently completing their undergraduate degree are encouraged to submit a transcript that shows final grades for the fall semester, as well as enrolled courses for the spring semester.
  3. Current resume.
  4. Two (2) letters of reference that speak to your capacity for leadership, professionalism, and ability to succeed in this Fellowship program. Letters must be from a 1) college professor and 2) college administrator who can speak to your interest and potential for success in a graduate program. If you do not feel you can provide a reference from a professor and/or a college administrator, please contact the program director to discuss alternatives.
  5. Three essay questions (maximum 500 words each). Your essays will be evaluated as part of your application, but may also be shared with potential Fellowship placement sites.
    1. Please describe your interests and motivations for applying to the higher education program, including experiences in college that have been most influential in shaping your interest in this field (500 words)
    2. What specific skills and knowledge do you hope to gain from working 25 hours weekly in a higher education fellowship site? (500 words)
    3. Consistent with the college’s values, Merrimack’s program includes a focus on advancing social justice in higher education. What areas of social justice are most important to you, and what aspects of social justice do you hope to learn more about? (500 words)
Community Engagement
  1. Completed online application.
  2. Official, sealed transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. *Applicants who are currently completing their undergraduate degree are encouraged to submit a transcript that shows final grades for the fall semester, as well as enrolled courses for the spring semester.
  3. Current resume.
  4. Two (2) letters of reference that speak to your capacity for leadership, professionalism, and ability to succeed in this Fellowship program. Letters should be from a college professor and a direct supervisor in a non-profit, higher education, or K-12 education setting. Letters should speak to your interest and potential for success in a graduate program.
  5. Applicants for the Community Engagement Fellowship are required to:
    1. Prepare an essay of roughly 300 and no more than 500 words which provides an overview of your understanding of community engagement.  What theories, concepts, and experiences have shaped your understanding of community engagement?  What strengths and skills do you have that align with the community engagement field?  What is it you hope to get out of the Community Engagement Program?  Please give attention to essay content, organization, and grammar.  Use of sources and standard citing in APA format is encouraged.
    2. Briefly explain your rationale for the format choice that you are applying for (fellowship, on-ground traditional, or online)?  What strategies and resources will you use to facilitate your success in the Community Engagement Program?
    3. Optional for all Community Engagement applicants:  Please prepare a video, approximately 2-3 minutes long, to supplement the required essay and to help the review team more fully understand your interests and skills and your hopes and dreams pertinent to community engagement.
  6. Applicants to the Community Engagement Program will be contacted for a telephone interview.