Southern Education Leadership Initiative

 

Fellowship Overview

The Southern Education Leadership Initiative (SELI) is an intensive, eight-week, paid, summer fellowship for Emerging Leaders interested in improving education and addressing community needs through direct learning experiences.

SELI Fellows spend the summer developing as leaders, engaging with valuable stakeholders and acquiring practical job skills in either nonprofit organizations or school districts throughout the southern region. Southern Education Foundation (SEF) assigns placement sites based on each, individual Fellow’s experience, career path, education interests and developmental needs.

SELI’s esteemed reputation and vast regional connections provide Fellows with unparalleled opportunities to conduct pertinent research, publish policy analyses, develop grant proposals and lead advocacy efforts.

 

History of SELI

During its 15-year tenure, SELI has grown to include a network of over 200 diverse Fellows and 200 organizational partners. Alum go on to work as educators, policymakers, researchers, community organizers and committed civic leaders, dedicated to improving the life chances of all children.

SEF began SELI in 2004 to mark the 50th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education. In giving rising leaders the opportunity to grow both academically and professionally, SELI recognizes that there is still important work to be done after Brown in ensuring that all children, irrespective of race, class, gender or national origin, receive an excellent education.

SELI has stayed committed to these ambitious goals, and has since 2004 provided over 200 students this life-changing leadership development opportunity to work on education equity issues throughout the South.  Through SELI, talented and diverse young leaders have conducted important research, policy analysis, advocacy, and organizing efforts across the region in 97 nonprofits and foundations.  SELI alum can be found today working as educators, policymakers, researchers, community organizers and committed civic leaders dedicated to improving the life chances of all children.

 

Applications open December 17, 2018. Application Deadline March 4, 2019 (5pm ET)

Learn more about the fellowship experience by watching this short video. 

 

 

To Learn More About How to Apply,

Sign Up for the SELI 2019 Prospective Fellows Webinar HERE.

Tuesday, December 18, 2019 at 1pm ET

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