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Tufts University is part of the IRT Consortium, a graduate school preparation program that aims to diversify graduate student bodies and expand the pipeline of educators to careers in teaching and administration. The summer program includes a stipend, travel expenses for those traveling by plane or train, and room and board. See below for more information on IRT.

Mission Statement

The Phillips Academy Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) addresses the lack of diversity in the nation’s teaching faculties by recruiting outstanding students of color and other scholars committed to diversity, counseling them through the graduate school application process, and advocating for sufficient funding for advanced study.  Since 1990, the IRT has built a national consortium of colleges and universities that are eager to enroll IRT students to diversify their graduate student bodies and to expand the pipeline of educators to teach, counsel, and administrate in American schools, colleges, and universities. IRT urges its students to earn their advanced degrees and teaching credentials before they launch their educational careers.

Program History

The Institute for Recruitment of Teachers was founded in 1990 by Kelly Wise, current executive director and former dean of faculty at Phillips Academy, with a mission to “deepen the pool of talented minorities entering the teaching profession in our country.” The institute was designed to increase the number of African American, Latino/a and Native American students pursuing advanced degrees for teaching, counseling and administrative careers so the pool of potential faculty members at both the K-12 and university levels will become more diverse.

In 2004, the Institute reaffirmed its commitment to eradicating racial disparities at all levels of education and selecting outstanding college students and recent graduates from all diverse backgrounds, including Asians and Caucasians, who are committed to these ideals.


From early September through mid-November, all participants receive the following support throughout the graduate school application process at no charge, which include:

  • Individualized support and extensive counseling as you choose graduate programs and apply to a renowned consortium of graduate schools across the country
  • Application fee waivers
  • Assistance in fine-tuning statements of purpose, resumes, and writing samples
  • Approximately two months and $1000 saved on completing at least 10 applications
  • Invitation to participate in IRT’s annual Recruiters’ Weekend, attended by more than 60 academic deans and graduate admissions representatives from consortium institutions

Additionally, the IRT sponsors a summer workshop for 25-30 students who apply to the program during their junior or senior years of college.  Participants engage in a graduate-level curriculum of critical, cultural, and educational theory during an intense four-week program at Phillips Academy in July; students and faculty work together nine hours each day, seven days a week.