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Here you’ll find some frequently asked questions for SAGA Fellows


  • A. The application for the SAGA Fellowship opens annually in mid-August. We accept applications on a rolling basis, until the cohort is full. There is an advantage to applying earlier; the process becomes more competitive as spots are taken.
  • A. The application for the SAGA Fellowship is a four-step process.
    • i. Online Application: All potential Fellows must complete the online application. The application requires a candidate to create a profile, upload a resume, and answer three short answer questions. No cover letter is required. This initial step should take no more than 30 minutes.
    • ii. Phone Interview: Candidates will have one half-hour phone interview with members of the recruitment team.
    • iii. Math Assessment: Candidates are required to take a brief math assessment. The assessment will give us a better understanding of your basic high school math skills in Algebra and Geometry. Candidates who make it to this stage are encouraged to take the sample assessment they receive if practice is needed. In addition, candidates are given a formula sheet and are allowed to use a calculator during the assessment. The math assessment must be completed in one sitting; candidates are allotted one hour to complete it.
    • iv. Onsite Interviews: Candidates who make it to the final stage in the process will be invited to Chicago or New York City for a final round interview, called the “onsite.” During the onsite, candidates will have two 10-minute interviews with members of our team. Following the interviews, candidates will participate in a 35-minute mock tutorial. The expectation is that candidates will use the math materials we provide, in the days prior to the onsite, to teach the students a lesson. Candidates will have 15 minutes to teach the prepared lesson, 10 minutes to self-reflect, and 10 minutes to debrief with both the students who they taught and the staff member who observed the lesson. The onsite takes anywhere from 1.5 – 4 hours in total.

A. The application process takes between three to four weeks, with the longest gap being the time it takes for candidates to come to Chicago or New York City for the onsite interview.

A. Fellows do a wide variety of things after their service year, including: attend graduate or professional school; stay for a second year with SAGA; join a similar organization; teach full-time; work in non-teaching positions in schools; and transition to another field of work, such as business, healthcare, or marketing.

A. Yes. While SAGA will not sponsor employment visas, international students may participate in the 10 month fellowship through the use of their OPT extension. This is ideal for undergraduate international students who are seeking a gap year before graduate school.


A. All Fellows receive approximately two weeks of training beginning in mid-August. Training focuses on curriculum, tutorial management, teaching techniques, cultural sensitivity, and how to build relationships with your students and school community. In addition, Fellows receive continuous training via weekly tutorial observations and feedback sessions with their Site Directors, weekly Professional Development (PD) sessions with the Curriculum team, and quarterly all-Corps PD sessions.

Program and Geographic-specific

A. We serve 17 schools across the city of Chicago: Amundsen High School, Wells High School, Little Village Lawndale High School (all four campuses), Chicago Vocational High School, Bowen High School, Bogan High School, Harlan High School, and the University of Chicago Charter School – Woodlawn Campus, Foreman High School, Juarez High School, Phillips High School, Julian High School, LEARN Charter School, and Sullivan High School. 

We are in 5 school in New York City: Teller Middle School (all three campuses), Lincoln High School and Clinton High School. 


A. In New York City we serve five schools: DeWitt Clinton High School, the Teller Avenue Middle School campus (all three schools), and Abraham Lincoln High School. In the high schools, Fellows work with 9th grade students in the high schools, and with 7th and 8th grade students in the middle school.

A. Fellows should arrive no later than 15 minutes before the first bell and be prepared to work with students when the bell rings. Sites may have morning meeting scheduled earlier as well, and then have prep time before the start of tutorial. You typically tutor 2-3 periods before having a break/lunch and then continuing with the rest of the day. Some teams travel to a different site in the afternoon, with time built in for travel. At the end of the school day there are site meetings and PD sessions. The schedule and day-to-day varies slightly for every site/team. You are encouraged to speak with current Fellows and/or Site Directors for more information.

I do not see my question above. Who can I reach out to in order to get my questions answered?

Please contact any member of the Recruitment Team at or 339-203-4700, ext. 1.

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