Application Process

Each fellowship has a unique set of criteria that in some cases is restricted by district, grade level and subject. Applicants should review the individual requirements for each fellowship prior to applying.

Applicants must complete the full online application, including an essay that details their interest in becoming a Kenan Fellow and desire to build leadership skills through the fellowship. Applicants must also submit two letters of recommendation (one required from an administrator and the other from a colleague or other professional contact).

References will be notified by email with a link to complete their recommendations, once the application has been submitted. An application is considered complete when both letters of recommendation have been received. All applications are reviewed by a selection committee between January and March. Final candidates are invited for an in-person interview to be conducted in their local area. Interviews are typically scheduled in March.

Each interview is approximately 30 minutes, and the interview team includes Kenan Fellows Program staff, Kenan Fellow alumni, and internship project mentor(s). Interviews are assessed according to a standardized rubric. Data from the interviews is used to determine the final selection for each project.

Selections are made in late April. All applicants are notified of their status by mail in May.  You can view the application and instructions here.