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Fellowship Faqs

01. What is the Teach For Pakistan Fellowship?

A two-year, full-time opportunity for university graduates and young professionals from diverse fields to teach in low-income schools and develop their own leadership capabilities.

02. Why is the Fellowship a full-time, two year commitment? Can I just teach as a volunteer, part-time or for one year instead?"

The two-year commitment is necessary for this experience to have a life-altering impact on students and Fellows alike. Achieving the ambitious outcomes we want for children in low-income communities requires Fellows’ tireless efforts for at least two years. These foundational years are also critical for Fellows to develop a deep understanding of the challenges and assets in their placement communities, and grow their own leadership abilities so that they can work effectively towards system reform in the long-term.

If you would like to be a Teach For Pakistan volunteer, write to us at [email protected].

03. Do I get paid during the Fellowship?

Yes, the Fellowship is a full time, paid opportunity. Our Fellows receive a base salary of Rs. 60 thousand per month with additional 3000 stationery allowance and transport allowance ranging from Rs. 5000- 8000 per month. We also pay Rs. 12000 monthly to our out-station Fellows.

04. How will the Fellowship better equip me for graduate school or future employment opportunities?

The Fellowship is an opportunity to develop leadership skills and professional skills, including management, communication, planning, data analysis, organizing, self-motivation and collaboration with people across lines of difference. These are all skills that are highly transferable from teaching to other fields such as policy, business, management, and journalism etc. That is what makes this two year experience compatible with the pursuit of a broad range of personal and professional goals, and why graduate schools, employers and scholarship schemes across the world recognize and value the Teach For brand. Throughout the two years, Fellows will also be provided with networking and mentoring opportunities for career development.

05. How many people have done the Fellowship before?

183 Alumni have completed the Fellowship so far. Our Alumni have continued to pursue our shared vision, rewriting government school textbooks, training thousands of teachers, turning around struggling schools, innovating through ed-tech and mobilizing resources for education development. They practice the leadership skills they developed through the Fellowship in their work across public, private and non-profit sectors. Currently, we have 85 Fellows working in various schools across Islamabad.

06. What kind of training and ongoing support will you provide for Fellows?

Fellows will receive:

– Intensive, six-week, pre-placement training focusing on pedagogical skills, leadership, community mobilization.

– On-going support during the Fellowship, including monthly lesson observations and one-on-one coaching conversations to help you meet your goals for your classroom, school/community and your own growth

– Monthly day-long training sessions based on needs jointly identified by Fellows and their coaches

– Mentoring through a network of expert teachers

– Connections with teachers across the world through participation in Teach For All virtual and/or in-person events.

07. How is Teach For Pakistan connected to Teach For All?

Teach For Pakistan is an independent, locally governed entity. We are incorporated with the SECP as a Section 42, non-profit company. We are a partner in the Teach For All global network of 60+ similar, independent national organizations. Teach For All provides all its partners with technical support, and a platform to share knowledge, learning and experience

08. What are the eligibility requirements for the Fellowship?

We encourage individuals from all academic and professional backgrounds to apply. Our requirements include:

– Minimum 16 years of education completed by June 2023.

– At least a Bachelors degree from an accredited university, completed by June 2023.

– Pakistani citizenship or a valid National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) or Pakistan Origin Card (POC).

– Fluency in English and Urdu.

– Successful completion of the pre-placement Training Institute in July and August 2022.

– Two-year commitment to the Fellowship with placement in Islamabad.

09. What kind of schools will I be placed in as a Fellow?

Fellows are placed in government schools serving children from low-income communities in and around Islamabad.

10. I am a Pakistani national currently residing abroad. Am I eligible to apply?

Yes, students currently enrolled in international universities are encouraged to apply. Anyone with a Pakistani citizenship or a valid National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) or Pakistan Origin Card (POC) is eligible to apply for the Fellowship

11. I have a work experience for one year or more. What is the eligibility criteria for young professionals?

Candidates with any number of years of experience are welcome to apply for the Fellowship. You will be evaluated based on your Bachelor’s degree along with your work experience. Please make sure to add all of your educational qualifications, internships and work experience in the application.

13. What are Teach For Pakistan’s funding sources?

Teach For Pakistan has been running it’s Fellowship program in government schools in Islamabad. However, this year Teach For Pakistan has also entered into a partnership with the Federal Directorate of Education to ensure the programme is supported financially.

Along with the Federal Directorate of Education, Teach For Pakistan also receives support from a number of donors. Please find a detailed list of our donors here.

Still have questions? Write to us at [email protected]

Often in high-level policy dialogues, between politics and budget, the lived realities of our people can be overlooked. But I continue to bring what I learned at Teach For Pakistan to my current role to help ground myself and my team and challenge our thinking on policy reform.

Amna Akhtar
2012-2014 Fellowship Cohort
Senior Associate, FCDO (current)