Apply for a fellowship

Fellowships at The Mind Trust are competitive, but we provide resources to support you throughout the application process. We work with prospective fellows to refine their ideas, strengthen their applications, and prepare for success in our programs.

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What we look for

The Mind Trust awards fellowships to national and local leaders with a passion for serving marginalized communities and transforming the education landscape. Successful applicants have:

  • Team-based management experience
  • Demonstrated success in raising student achievement outcomes
  • An ambitious focus on equity
  • An entrepreneurial approach to challenges
  • Resilience, fortitude, and vision
  • A research-grounded model with a clear and motivating mission

Your application toolkit

Our team supports applicants throughout the process, providing regular input, guidance, and tools. Your application toolkit includes:

  • Virtual happy hours for candidates to get advice and meet other innovators
  • Meetings with education leaders to hone your model and answer your questions
  • Regular one-on-one check-ins with our staff to gauge your progress
  • Office hours with our application team to answer your questions
  • Assistance with data, presentation, and Statements of Intent

Deadlines and submissions

Our Fellowship applications follow regular application cycles each year. If application windows aren’t open, you are always welcome to register your interest and connect with us to learn more.

Innovation School Fellowship application cycle

  • October – January: Application Open
  • January – April: Interviews and Selection
  • June – July: New Cohort Announced
  • July – August: Fellowship work begins

The Innovation School Fellowship application is currently closed.

Charter School Fellowship

Application window varies. Applications are not currently being accepted. We welcome you to connect with our team at the link below.

Relay National Principal Academy Fellowship (NPAF)

  • November – January: Application Open
  • January – March: Interviews and Selection
  • Spring – New Cohort Announced
  • June – July: Fellowship work begins

The application for Relay NPAF is currently closed.

Education Entrepreneur Fellowship

Application window varies. Applications are not currently being accepted. We welcome you to connect with our team at the link below.