Make a Difference as a Fellow

Great Oaks Fellowship

The Great Oaks Fellowship is a diverse group of recent college graduates with a variety of backgrounds and interests. Some fellows are interested in education policy and wish to experience life on the ground in an urban school. Others plan to pursue a career in medicine, law or to enroll in another graduate program and wish to first give a year of service. For fellows who wish to become high-performing teachers, Great Oaks Fellowship offers multiple pathways to certification.


In exchange for serving as an AmeriCorps Great Oaks Fellowship member with us, fellows receive fully furnished housing with utilities and basic household items included, a living stipend, health insurance, a Segal Education Award after completing their service hours and the opportunity to be a part of a community where everyone is passionate about changing outcomes for urban students.

Benefits of Serving a Year at Great Oaks


To help stretch your stipend, we offer housing to all of our fellows. This is a benefit that most AmeriCorps programs are unable to offer and we are proud to be able to provide housing for our fellows to help financially and also to build strong school communities.

Each school community has a slightly different setup but you can expect to share the apartment with a few other Fellow members. In our Newark, Bridgeport and Wilmington communities our fellows live in new modern apartments in the downtown areas of the city. In New York City, fellows live in Bushwick and BedStuy in Brooklyn.

Every apartment is fully furnished and includes all basic utilities and WiFi and we even supply some basic household too. Most school communities have apartments within a short walk of our schools however in some cases we do provide transportation or mass transit passes to and from school if the distance is too great.

Living Stipend

The standard living allowance for all AmeriCorps programs for the 2018-2019 school year is $13,732.

Segal Education Award

Fellows under the AmeriCorps program are eligible for a Segal Education Award after the completion of their service. The award for the 2018-2019 school year is $5,920. You can find more information about the Segal Education Award here

Health Insurance

Many of our Fellowship members elect to remain on their parents’ health insurance plans, however we will help you to access a health insurance plan and provide a subsidy if there is an out of pocket premium.

Professional Development

In each of our school communities, our Fellowship members are supported by knowledgeable school administrators and educators. You will leave your Fellowship year with strong skills in delivering instruction and data analysis and the ability to work with a diverse group of learners. You will also develop skills in relationship building, professionalism in the workplace and building your own personal brand. We also work with our fellows to help them in their next step whether that’s to become an educator, go off to medical school or law school or the infinite number of other things Corps members go on to pursue.


Great Oaks provides a great opportunity for recent college graduates to grow in a supportive community of peers who are just as passionate about urban education as you are. Serving for a year at Great Oaks is intense and very hard work but our setup is unique; you will go home to roommates who are also going through the same experience and will be there to support you, help you and laugh with you when things are challenging. Many fellows say that they have developed lifelong friendships during their Corps year with Great Oaks – we’ve even had a few marriages!

To ensure fellows are prepared to effectively work with students, each year our fellows begin their service in August by participating in intensive pre-service training at their own school. In addition, fellows attend the Great Oaks Forum - a convening of all fellows across our network to participate in professional development, networking and social gatherings.

Now Accepting Applications for the 2019-20 Fellowship