Apply for a fellowship

Learn more about our School Fellowships! Register for our virtual School Fellowship Happy Hour on Tuesday, September 20 from 6-7:30PM EST. The Mind Trust’s School Fellowship opportunities are a best fit for school leaders with at least 5-7 years of experience.

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School Fellowship application now open

Through this nationally-unique, paid fellowship, exceptional educators with at least 5-7 years of school leadership experience have the opportunity to spend one to two years preparing to lead a new public school in Indianapolis.

Fellows receive personalized coaching, resources, and training throughout the program, as well as ongoing support once schools are launched. Since 2013, The Mind Trust’s Fellows have launched 27 charter and innovation schools in Indianapolis.

The application for The Mind Trust’s School Fellowship is now open.

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

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 School Fellowship application follows a regular application cycle each year. If the application window is not open, you are always welcome to register your interest and connect with us to learn more.

School Fellowship application cycle

  • September 16, 2022 – January 9, 2023: Application Open, applicants prepare and submit a Statement of Intent
  • February 2023: Select applicants are invited to submit a full application
  • February – March 2023: Select candidates are interviewed and final decisions are made
  • Spring/Summer 2023: New cohort announced
  • July – August 2023: Fellowship work begins