Teach for China

How to Apply

Before You Apply

Thank you for your interest in applying for the Teach For China Fellowship. Our 2014 application is now closed. We will start accepting applications to the 2015-2017 Fellowship in August. In order to receive notification of when the application opens, please fill out this form and our recruiting team will contact you. During this time, we encourage you to explore our website to learn more about our work and Fellows.

Step 1: Learn about Teach For China

Be sure to first read this website carefully to familiarize yourself with Teach For China's mission, goals, and approach to expanding educational opportunity. You can also click here for more ways to find out more.

Step 2: Check your eligibility

All applicants for the 2014 Fellowship class must:

  • have received a Bachelor’s degree by July 2014 
  • be a US or Chinese citizen
  • have at least basic proficiency in Mandarin Chinese

If you are a Chinese citizen, please click here to learn more.

Step 3: Review application dates

Once the 2015-2017 Fellowship application is live, the application dates will be listed here.

Step 4: Apply

Please note that if you are a Chinese citizen studying in the US or another country, you must complete the Chinese application.

Once you have registered with our website and are logged in, you may return to your dashboard and application at anytime by clicking on the link called "Your dashboard" at the very top of the website.

After You Apply

Candidates are responsible for checking their email, including their SPAM folders for notifications from Teach For China. Please be sure to refer to the admissions timeline in Step 3 as to when candidates will receive an email from us regarding phone interviews, final in-person interviews as well as decisions. Teach For China does not grant extensions to candidates who do not sign up for phone interviews or interviews for any relevant deadline found in the emails. We strongly recommend adding selections@tfchina.org to your email contacts and please feel free to email us with questions or concerns at selections@tfchina.org.

After an initial screening, qualified applicants will pass to a rigorous selection process including a phone screen and an intensive full-day group interview. Read below for some tips on how to prepare for this.

Step 5: Prepare For Your Phone Screen

Candidates who pass our application review will be invited to take part in a 30-minute phone screen with Teach For China staff so that we can learn more about you. The phone screen is not a full interview, but will instead allow us to identify the most qualified applicants to pass to group interview stage. Some applicants may be invited directly to the group interview, without a prior phone screen.

Step 6: Prepare For Your Interview

Our strongest applicants will be invited to attend full-day intensive group interview. Group interviews typically include 4 to 12 candidates and take place in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, D.C., Boston, and Chicago.

The group interview includes:

  • A five-minute sample lesson;
  • A group discussion;
  • A video exercise;
  • A one-on-one final interview.