2021 Applications Are Closed
May 7, 2020
Applications Open
June 19, 2020, 11:59 PDT
Applications Close


March 26, 2020
“Healing and Power in the Matrix”
People of Color/Leaders of Color in Education

April 16, 2020 – 7pm-9pm PDT
2ME4U: Stories of Self-Exploration from the Heart
Surge Oakland Sponsored Event

April 29, 2020 – 5:30pm-7:30pm PDT
Anti-Asian Violence Beyond COVID-19
Virtual Gathering with Connie Wun, Ph.D.

May 4, 2020 – 12:30pm – 1:30pm PDT
LIVE Webinar
“Is the Surge Fellowship Right for You?”

May 21, 2020 – 5:30pm-7:30pm PDT
Virtual Community Gathering for Men & Male-Identifying Leaders of Color
Facilitated by Dr. César Cruz, Co-Founder, Homies Empowerment Program

May 28, 2020 – 5:30pm-7:30pm PDT
Finding Joy in Difficult Times Virtual Writing Workshop with Yosimar Reyes

June 11, 2020 – 5:30pm-7:30pm PDT
Resilience +
Healing & Power in the Matrix 3


Office hours are available to support applicants through the application process and to answer any questions related to the Fellowship program and Surge Institute

May 21, 2020 – 5pm-7pm PDT
May 26, 2020 – 5:30pm-7pm PDT
June 1, 2020 – 5pm-7pm PDT
June 3, 2020 – 12pm-1pm PDT
June 4, 2020 – 5pm-7pm PDT
June 15, 2020- 6pm-7pm PDT
June 17, 2020 – 12pm-1pm PDT
June 18, 2020 – 5pm-7pm PDT


May 7, 2020
2021 Surge Oakland Fellowship Applications Open

June 19, 2020
2021 Surge Oakland Fellowship Application Deadline

July 6, 2020
Fellowship Selection Day Invitations Distributed

July 21 & July 22, 2020
2021 Cohort Selection Day(s)

August 5, 2020
2021 Oakland Cohort Announcement

August 26, 2020
2021 Oakland Supervisors Breakfast

August 27, 2020
2021 Oakland Welcome Mixer


Opening Retreat:
October 8-10, 2020

Session 2:
November 13, 2020

Session 3:
December 11, 2020

Session 4:
January 9, 2021

Session 5:
February 12-13, 2021
(overnight stay)

Session 6:
March 12, 2021

Session 7:
April 9, 2021

Session 8:
May 14, 2021

Session 9:
June 11, 2021

Session 10 & Graduation Retreat: 
July 8-10, 2021

Fellows leave the program having developed an understanding of competency in organizational management, relationship management, strategic planning and problem-solving, navigating complex environments, and expertise in the history and structure of public education. Each fellow will have demonstrated an ability to achieve and lead better, learning how to have a tremendous impact on the broad landscape of leadership and education.

Surge Innovates Through…

IDENTIFICATION. Identifying promising leaders already active within the education sector—instead of focusing on attracting talent from other fields—thus ensuring impressive ROI

TRAINING. Adapting leadership development best practices—full-spectrum support of a carefully selected cohort—to nurture bold leaders committed to building social and racial justice

CHAMPIONING. Providing executive skills training and critical coaching support to high-potential leaders who rarely have access to accelerated learning opportunities

Oakland Surge Fellows are…

CONNECTED. African-American, Latinx or Asian/Pacific Islander emerging leaders working in systems of schools, public policy, education philanthropy and advocacy organizations

ELITE. Proven high-potential trailblazers with track records of professional success

EXPERIENCED. Minimum if six years of relevant working experience and at least a bachelor’s degree.

PASSIONATE. Serving high-need communities, preferably with connections to these communities.


  • Bay-Area based African-American, Latinx or Asian/Pacific Islander leader between the ages of 28 to 40
  • Bachelor’s degree (minimum)
  • Minimum of six years of work experience
  • Employed in education or youth-serving role (district, charter, public policy, philanthropy or advocacy/non profit) at the initiation of and for the duration of the fellowship
  • Passion for positively impacting the lives of young people and their communities


Sponsoring organizations are expected to pay a tuition of $5,000 per fellow for the program. Limited scholarships are available for accepted candidates with financial needs.


  • Two letters of recommendation; one must be from current organization
  • Résumé
  • Completed responses to essay questions
  • Completed memorandum of understanding
  • Ability to attend all sessions and participate for the duration of the program

If you have specific questions, contact Surge at oakland@surgeinstitute.org.