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Southern Education Leadership Initiative

Developing the Next Generation of Education Policy Leadership

SEF aspires to develop the next generation of education policy leadership, and since 2004 has provided trainings and paid summer fellowships to a diverse and inspired group of 165 college and graduate level students interested in working with nonprofits and foundations to make systemic changes in Southern education policy and practice.


Apply to become a 2014 SELI Summer Fellow

The 2014 SELI Application is closed.

How to Become a SELI Placement Site

Learn more about how to apply to host a SELI Summer Fellow and the application process here.

Meet the Young Leaders of SELI

Meet our 2014 Fellows!
Watch interviews with alumni!
Where are SELI alumni today?

Is education the civil rights issue of our time?

SEF launches this summer, a short video series asking thought-leaders, Is education the civil rights issue of our time? To learn more click here.

Sponsor a Summer Fellow

SEF has worked with a variety of corporations and philanthropists throughout the region to partner in supporting young leaders to participate in SELI. If you are interested in learning more about how you can sponsor a SELI Summer Fellow, please contact Vanessa Elkan, Program Officer

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