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About the Fellowship

Founded by technology entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel in 2011, the Thiel Fellowship is a two-year program for young people who want to build new things. Thiel Fellows skip or stop out of college to receive a $100,000 grant and support from the Thiel Foundation’s network of founders, investors, and scientists.

If you want to continue your education by building something you care about, read on.

What makes us different?

Grant, not equity

Your $100,000 is a grant. So long as you’re working, you can use the funds however you want; the Fellowship does not take any ownership stake in your project. 


Build your team

You can’t do it alone. Whether you need programmers or salespeople, our network helps you build your team. And since every new business will face common challenges, we provide in-house expertise in engineering, marketing, and design.


Tight-knit class

All of our Fellows are 22 or younger. Every one of them has stopped out of college to work on a unique project. You’ll be surrounded by peers who understand what you’re trying to accomplish.


Get money

It’s going to take money. We introduce you to investors from the start, and we help you to communicate with them so you can get the capital you need on terms that work.



Want to apply to a startup accelerator like Y Combinator or Techstars? No problem. The Fellowship isn’t an incubator or accelerator, so it’s complementary to any other program that fits your project.


Learn things

We help you cut through the clutter and learn what you really need — from books, meetings, and guest speakers like Aaron Levie (CEO of Box) and Keith Rabois (Partner at Khosla Ventures).


Career Planning

The Counseling Department's goal is to ensure students feel prepared and confident to enter the world of work.

We have developed a comprehensive 4-year plan to guide students through the career exploration process.

In Naviance, students can build a career exploration portfolio. 

Each year, a theme (learn, discover, explore, and launch) focuses students on tasks that will best prepare them for life after high school.

9th Grade – Learn

Who am I?

Learn about personal strengths by completing the Strengths Explorer assessment in Naviance

Learn how to develop strengths into talents

Learn about possible careers related to strengths

Learn about self-motivation

10th Grade – Discover

What are my interests?

Discover your personality and preferences by completing the Do What You Are Inventory in Naviance

Discover different career pathways by completing the Career Cluster Finder in Naviance

Discover growing industries by participating in mini career fairs, field trips, and informational sessions

11th Grade – Explore

What are my options?

Explore career options related to work interests by completing the Career Interest Profiler in Naviance

Explore results from Naviance career inventories to make connections, find patterns, and narrow down career pathways of interest

Explore traditional versus non-traditional careers

Explore online career exploration resources

Explore internship, work experience, and service learning opportunities

12th Grade – Launch

How do I prepare for life after high school?

Prepare and launch a post-secondary high school plan

Prepare a professional resume in Naviance

Prepare for interviews

Prepare to successfully complete internship, work experience, and service learning opportunities