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 education supporting nonprofit organization, state agency or school district. During this experiential learning opportunity, they examine strategies for improving education, addressing community needs, and putting theory into practice. View the Application Instructions and FAQ for more details.

Through career coaching, mentorship, networking, and practical skill-building opportunities, paired with experiences to sharpen one’s racial equity lens, SELI lifts up a new generation of leaders and strategic thinkers by providing them with real-world opportunities where they can grow academically, professionally and civically. Not only does the fellowship provide an unparalleled glimpse into diverse aspects of the education sector, but also insight into fellows’ own capacity for leadership in the field. SELI fellowships have been characterized as illuminating and even life-changing.

SELI fellowships also create value for placement sites, communities, and ultimately public school students. The work completed by SELI fellows has major implications for their host organizations and will continue to impact the populations served well after the fellowship concludes.

2022 SELI OVERVIEW AND APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
To learn more about the SELI fellowship, eligibility, and the application process, please view the 2022 Prospective Fellows webinar. The webinar also includes testimonies from SELI alumni on their experiences and why they recommend the fellowship to other young leaders.

view the webinar

Eligibility Requirements

SELI Fellow Candidates:

  • Must be between the ages of 20-35 years old to qualify for the program (those outside this range still encouraged to apply).
  • Must be currently enrolled in a four-year college or graduate level program.
  • Must have completed 60 credit hours (equivalent of junior status & above in undergraduate program) or be currently enrolled in a masters, law, or doctoral program at a college or university. No minimum GPA is required.
  • All majors are accepted but you must have demonstrated an interest in social justice and/or education policy and practice.
  • Excellent interpersonal, writing, and critical thinking skills, with flexibility to respond well to diverse people, settings, and tasks.
  • Deadline for the submission of a complete application is March 1, 2022, 5pm ET. Please see the Overview and Application Instructions above for more details on required materials and directions on how to submit them.
  • Must only work on assigned projects from placement site and SEF during the fellowship months. Students do not design projects for this experiential learning opportunity but are assigned projects by the placement site supervisor.
  • Must only work on assigned projects from placement site and SEF during the fellowship months. Students do not design projects for this experiential learning opportunity but are assigned projects by the placement site supervisor.
  • Must be willing to relocate to another city or town (though not always necessary), abstain from taking any kind of coursework, test preparation, or taking other job.
    opportunities during summer program. Fellows must attend in full the Orientation and Closing Meeting.