Applications for the 2019 Surge Fellowship will open May 2018.


These are the dates for all sessions during the 2018 Fellowship.

Opening Retreat: October 19-21

Session 2: November 17

Session 3: December 15

Session 4: January 19

Session 5: February 16

Session 6: March 16

Session 7: April 20

Session 8: May 18

Session 9: June 15

Session 10: July 13

Graduation: August 16-18

As a fellow you will 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.


  • Chicago-based African-American or Latino 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


  • Two letters of recommendation; one must be from current organization
  • Résumé
  • Completed memorandum of understanding
  • Interview with three selection committee members
  • Ability to attend all sessions and participate for the duration of the program

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