Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about the Fellowship.  Click on any question to reveal the answer. Please feel free to reach out to Beau Gallegos with any additional questions or to set up time to learn more about the Fellowship.

When does the Fellowship start and end?

The Fellowship is a year-long commitment that begins in July and runs through the end of the following July.

What is the School Systems Leaders Fellowship?

The School Systems Leaders Fellowship is a leadership development program that supports participants in cultivating the core skills - instructional, managerial, political, and strategic - to lead the charge in expanding educational opportunities for children from a systems level. The Fellowship includes a yearlong placement in a systems-level leadership role (the Fellowship assists with placement), six cohort seminars, executive coaching, and ongoing career and job placement support. Within three years of completing the Fellowship, participants will be fully prepared to undertake a school systems leadership role at the cabinet level.

Who are the placement partners for the Fellowship?

Get the full list of placement partners in the Placement Partnerships tab.

How much does it cost to be a fellow?

Thanks to the generous support of the Fellowship's funders, there is no cost to fellows.

How will fellows be compensated?

Fellows are full-time paid employees of the placement partner school systems and receive a full salary and benefits package from their systems.

Do I have to leave my job at the end of the Fellowship?

No. Most fellows stay in their roles once the Fellowship is over.

Who is eligible to apply for the Fellowship?

Any school systems leader who has at least two years of full-time teaching experience, a track record of increasing student achievement, adult management experience, and a strong desire to be a senior school systems leader.

Can I nominate someone for the Fellowship?

Yes – nominations and referrals are welcome and an important way we identify candidates for the Fellowship. Nearly two-thirds of fellows from the first four cohorts came from nominations. To nominate someone, please go to the nominations tab. You may nominate multiple individuals, including yourself.

Do I have to be nominated in order to apply?

No. The application is open to all individuals who meet the requirements and wish to apply.

How do I apply?

Individuals who wish to be considered for the Fellowship must apply online. Applications for the 2019 Cohort will be available in January 2019.

How are fellows selected?

The selection process consists of an application review, reference checks, a phone interview, and a final, in-person selection day (the Fellowship will cover travel and accommodations for finalists).

What is the minimum required experience in order to be considered for the Fellowship?

We do not require a minimum number of years of experience in order to be considered for the Fellowship. Fellows from the first three cohorts have an average of 15 years of work experience, with some who began teaching as recently as 2010. We are looking for highly capable individuals who have a track record of improving student achievement outcomes, experience managing adults, and a strong vision and motivation to become senior school systems leaders.

When will applicants be notified whether they will attend final, in-person selection?

Applicants will be notified whether they’re invited to attend final selection day by Spring 2019.

How many fellows will be admitted?

Final size of the cohort will be determined by the applicant pool.

What happens at final selection?

Activities will be varied and conducted in both group and one-on-one settings. Candidates will interview with a selection committee comprised of SSLF staff, district leaders, and national education experts. During the evening of the selection day, candidates and selection committee members are invited to attend a networking reception. More detailed information will be provided to candidates who are invited to attend final selection day. The Fellowship will cover travel and accommodations for finalists.

What one-on-one support will fellows receive?

Each Fellow will have the benefit of working one-on-one with an executive coach for the duration of the Fellowship. This work will include the creation of an individual development plan, on-site visits, and regular reflection and problem-solving phone sessions.

What will be included in the Fellowship cohort seminars?

Fellows will come together for six cohort seminars in locations around the country. A significant component of these seminars will be immersive site visits to schools and districts to see promising models in action. Fellows will also be exposed to the foremost experts in the field of education and will participate in differentiated learning opportunities given their own development goals.

How do I submit an accommodation request?

In an effort to ensure an equitable admissions process, if you will need accommodations in order to complete any part of your process, we ask that you submit an accommodations request as soon as you can to ensure we can provide accommodations according to your application timeline.

To request accommodations please email with the following information:

-First name, last name, email address, phone number -Nature of your disability (learning, hearing, physical, vision) and brief explanation -The type of accommodations you believe you will need -Any past accommodations you have received

Cambiar Education and SSLF are committed to providing equal access and opportunities to candidates with legally recognizable disabilities, and prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in the application process, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and similar state laws. Cambiar Education and SSLF believes that it is possible for a qualified individual to have a disability and be a part of our work.

Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to reasonable accommodation under the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state or local laws. A reasonable accommodation is a change in the way things are normally done which will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on SSLF and Cambiar Education. Disclosing a disability or requesting a need for accommodations is a separate and distinct process from admissions and will have absolutely no bearing on a candidate’s application status.

If you have any questions regarding our Disability Accommodations Policy, please contact our disabilities accommodations officer at

Who do I contact if I still have questions?

For all inquiries about the School Systems Leaders Fellowship, please email Beau Gallegos at

If I've applied before, can I apply again?

Yes. If you've applied before you are eligible to apply again. We encourage you to reach out to Beau Gallegos to discuss your candidacy.

What is considered a qualifying systems-level role for the Fellowship?

This usually refers to a role with significant responsibility that typically reports to a cabinet member and/or is no more than 2-3 rungs from the Superintendent. Each role will be evaluated separately. Please contact Beau Gallegos to confirm your role is eligible if you are looking to stay in your current role for the Fellowship.