BECOME A CHICAGO SURGE FELLOW
We are no longer accepting applications for the 2019 Surge Fellowship. Thank you to all who applied.
Applications for the 2020 Surge Fellowship will open in May of 2019!
2019 RECRUITMENT SEASON KEY DATES
August 8-9, 2018: Cohort Selection Interviews
CHICAGO SURGE FELLOWSHIP SESSION DATES
These are the dates for all sessions during the 2019 Fellowship.
Opening Retreat: October 18-20, 2018
Session 2: November 16, 2018
Session 3: December 21, 2018
Session 4: January 18, 2019
Session 5: February 15, 2019
Session 6: March 15, 2019
Session 7: April 12, 2019
Session 8: May 17, 2019
Session 9: June 21, 2019
Session 10: July 19, 2019
Graduation Retreat: August 22-24, 2019
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.
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
Chicago Surge Fellows are…
CONNECTED. African-American or Latinx 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 of six years of relevant working experience and at least a bachelor’s degree.
PASSIONATE. Serving high-need communities, preferably with connections to these communities.
- Chicago-based African-American or Latinx 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 year-long program. Limited scholarships are available for accepted candidates with financial needs.
- Two letters of recommendation; one must be from current organization
- Completed memorandum of understanding
- Interview with three selection committee members
- Ability to attend all sessions and participate for the duration of the program