IRT External SOP Advisor Opportunity

Deadline to apply is Monday, July 5, 2021


The statement of purpose (SOP) is a significant component of any graduate school application. For IRT Scholars, who apply to upwards of seven graduate programs, writing and refining 7+ school-specific statements of purpose is a demanding process. Each year, the IRT provides the opportunity to a group of External (i.e. outside of the IRT office) SOP Advisors to assist current students in drafting, revising, and finalizing all of their SOPs, in addition to providing support on other written application materials such as the writing sample, resume/CV, personal history statement, diversity essay, and so on. External SOP Advisors are often IRT alumni, but also come from the Phillips Academy faculty pool and other partner organizations. External SOP Advisors work closely with IRT Scholars through the Fall SOP Advising period, which spans 8 weeks in September and October, hold weekly meetings with their advisees, review SOP drafts uploaded to Canvas on a weekly basis, and provide support for finalizing other written application materials.

IRT seeks External SOP Advisors from a variety of graduate disciplines and professional fields, but we especially welcome applications from folks with expertise in African Diaspora and African American Studies, Anthropology, Education, Philosophy, Political Science, and Psychology.

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2020 Cohort Matriculation

Congratulations to all IRT 2020 Cohort Scholars on their future plans. We celebrate your accomplishments and perseverance during this incredible journey and welcome you as the newest members of the IRT alumni base! We are excited to share the list of colleges and universities the 2020 Cohort will be heading to in the coming months.

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Welcome 2021 Cohort!

In a year of constant uncertainty, the IRT is happy to report that we’ve admitted a (more than full) cohort for 2021! Interestingly, there has been a noticeable uptick of nearly 10% for applicants interested in PhD Education/Higher Education and PhD African American Studies/African Diaspora Studies. We are honored to support a total of 150 scholars through their graduate school journey and contribute to making a meaningful impact in this world.

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Alumni – Update Your Info.!

Stay connected to the IRT community and help keep our records current by completing the alumni survey informing us about any updates to your name, contact, degree or employment information. This will help insure that you receive any relevant communications from the IRT. 

This survey should only take about five minutes to complete – thank you for your time! 


For the past several years, PA Giving Day – Phillips Academy’s annual community fundraising effort – has been very impactful for the IRT. Significant funds have been raised on this day in years past in support of our scholars and their critical work. When this event was last held, in March of 2019, over 100 gifts were designated to our program in a single day, many from IRT alumni.

On Wednesday, April 28, we will once again celebrate Giving Day, and hope that you might consider making a contribution. Gifts of any size are greatly appreciated, and will play a major role in unlocking $50,000 in match funds!

Our program is fueled by philanthropy, and we are most grateful for your consideration of support. Please save the date!