Prospective Fellows


Apply to become a 2018 SELI Fellow

SELI provides highly motivated and diverse undergraduate juniors, seniors, and graduate students opportunities to develop as leaders, engage in their communities and learn about contemporary education issues through this leadership development effort.  Students spend the summer in trainings and working at an assigned leading nonprofit sector organization or school district.  During this experiential learning opportunity, they examine strategies for improving education, addressing community needs, and putting theory into practice.

Fellows Receive:

  • Experience: an opportunity to work for eight weeks (May 23- July 20, 2018) in an organization concerned with equity and excellence in education;

  • Stipend: a living expense stipend of $4,500 (for undergraduate juniors or graduating seniors) or $5,000 (for graduate students who will have completed at least one term by June 1, 2018);

  • Travel: all airfare/car mileage expenses associated with traveling to and from SEF trainings to summer placement site (assistance also provided by SEF in making travel arrangements);

  • Orientation: (May 23-25, 2018): training that exposes students to research in the field, stresses the importance of civic engagement, teaches strategies for making change, and provides opportunities to meet and learn from inspiring leaders involved in education policy and practice (attendance required);

  • Fellowship Placement: guidance and supervision provided by seasoned sector leaders to work on challenging research, education policy, and nonprofit program related projects; placements change annually and are made based on students' interests and regional needs for students; and

  • Closing Meeting (July 25-27, 2018): an opportunity to present summer emersion experience to peers while reflecting and brainstorming lessons learned from this learning opportunity and how they may be taken back to their communities; solidifies role as a member of a network of emerging leaders in the sector (attendance required).

Learn more about how to apply to this opportunity by downloading the 2018 SELI Application and Instructions and reviewing frequently asked questions about the program.  Applications are due March 5, 2018 (5pm ET).

You can also join a webinar on February 13th at 4pm ET to hear from alum and staff on the fellowship experience! Register HERE

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