Note: The d.school teaching and project fellows applications have closed. The following describes the d.school project fellowship application. Applications for the project fellowship closed on May 10.
We’re now accepting applications for the d.school fellowship program for the academic year 2015-16. This year, we are looking for restless experts in the fields of K12 education and civic innovation. Ideal candidates will be mid-career professionals and entrepreneurs with the potential to drive systems-level change. If you’re dedicated to improving either of these areas, read on!
What’s a d.school fellowship
Not to be confused with our teaching fellowship, this hands-on, project-based program is rooted in organization design and is intended to help accelerate creative leaders and their work. Ideally, candidates for the fellowship will already have launched an initiative in either of our two focus areas, and will be coming to the program looking to scale its impact. Selected fellows will be eligible to receive a stipend and benefits, so they may commit to the 10-month experience. Our fellows are full-time at the d.school, and have access to the resources of Stanford University and the Silicon Valley community, as well.
How does it work
This intensive program includes both residency periods at the d.school, and time in the field to gain insights and test prototypes. It is anticipated that fellows will split their time evenly between these modes, but their experiences will vary depending on their projects.
Who are we looking for
The d.school fellows are high-performers with an instinct for the edge, self-starters with an impulse for change and the savvy to make it real. To learn more about the types of people we’re looking for, read about our current cohort. You can also check out our K12 Lab Network. We are not seeking applicants outside of the education and civic innovation spaces at this time.
Can I keep my current job during the fellowship
Depending on the partner organization, in some cases fellows may stay on that organization’s payroll and work closely with colleagues on their fellowship project. The program requires full-time residence for the duration of the fellowship.
Areas of focus
We encourage applicants whose projects focus on one of these three areas:
- Redesigning the Role of the School Leader: The challenges of contemporary school leadership require fundamental shifts in what principals and other school leaders do. How might we develop and sustain school leaders who know how to create the conditions for deeper learning and student-centered pedagogy? How might we enable school leaders who know how to allow organizational creativity to thrive? We welcome proposals from exemplary school leaders and those who work with them.
- New School Model Creation: Imagine the Future of Grades 6-14: How might we design and prototype new school models that deeply engage students and build the skills and competencies they need to create value in their communities? How might we reinvent teacher roles and school structures to meet and shape this future?
Parent Engagement: What is the future of parent engagement and leadership in a changing educational landscape? How might parents find new avenues of engagement to stimulate district-level change?
This is our first year focusing on civic innovation, and we’re interested in how you’re improving the practice of citizenship, the lives of people in society and the functions of communities themselves. We don’t have specific areas of focus for potential civic innovation fellows, but the program is designed for those working on human-centered, systems-level change. We welcome international and U.S.-based applicants.
How to apply
Why should you consider the d.school fellowship? If you have launched a program or organization aimed at transforming K12 education or civic innovation, the fellowship gives you the space and support to rigorously pursue its impact and your own leadership potential. Rather than come in for a year, study something new, then go back and practice it, you will learn by doing throughout the year. At the d.school, we aim to unlock the potential of innovators, knowing that their innovations will follow.
What we need from you:
- A current CV, including two potential references with their titles and relationship to you
- A 1000-word story about who you are and what’s led you to our doorstep
- A 500-word statement explaining your vision for the impact you want to have in the education or civic innovation sector
- A one-minute video on what you need to realize your potential
THE DEADLINE TO APPLY IS 11:59 pm PST on May 10. PLEASE PUT YOUR NAME ON EACH PIECE OF YOUR APPLICATION.
- You must send all application materials to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline to be considered for the next round of the application process. We’ll accept the following file formats: .docx, .pdf, .mp4 and .mov.
- Each piece of your application should be titled with your last name and title of document. For example, “YOUNG, Statement”.
- When submitting your application please ensure your subject line reads the following: LAST NAME, FIRST NAME 2015-2016 d. fellows application.
- Open-application finalists will be chosen the week by May 22. All applicants will be notified at that time. Finalist interviews will take place in early June, and fellows will be chosen shortly thereafter. The fellowship begins September 1.