Summer fellowship program for developing educational leaders through experiential engagement in communities.


March 15, 2023

Quick facts

Academic Discipline

Education and Teaching




Junior, Senior, Entering Graduate, Graduate



Endorsement Required


Award Amount

$4,500-5,000 stipend and travel expenses to location.




The Southern Education Leadership Initiative (SELI) is an eight-week, paid, summer fellowship for Emerging Leaders interested in improving education and addressing community needs through direct learning experiences.  SELI Fellows spend the summer developing as leaders, engaging with valuable stakeholders, and acquiring practical job skills in either nonprofit organizations or school districts throughout the southern region. Southern Education Foundation (SEF) assigns placement sites based on each, individual Fellow’s experience, career path, education interests, and developmental needs.  SELI’s esteemed reputation and vast regional connections provide Fellows with opportunities to conduct pertinent research, publish policy analyses, develop grant proposals, and lead advocacy efforts.


  • Between the ages of 20-35 years old to qualify for the program (those outside this range are still encouraged to apply).
  • Must be currently enrolled in a four-year college or graduate-level program.
  • Must have completed 60 credit hours or be currently enrolled in a masters, law, or doctoral program at a college or university. No minimum GPA is required.
  • Demonstrated interest in social justice and/or education policy and practice.
  • Excellent interpersonal, writing, and critical thinking skills, with the flexibility to respond well to diverse people, settings, and tasks.
  • Must be willing to relocate to another city or town (though not always necessary), abstain from taking any kind of coursework, test preparation, or taking other job
    opportunities during the summer program. Fellows must attend in full the Orientation and Closing Meeting.