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FELLOWSHIP
SELECTION

OUR WORK  |  FELLOWSHIP  |  SELECTION

SELECTION CRITERIA

Pahara Fellows are high-integrity, values-driven education leaders with demonstrated commitment to dismantling inequitable systems impacting vulnerable students and communities throughout the United States.

We aim to select exceptional leaders who:

  • have a track record of leadership in nonprofit schools or organizations successfully impacting students and families not served well by our public education system; 

  • are creative and entrepreneurial, and who think beyond traditional boundaries to forge new pathways personally and in collaboration with others; 

  • are on a journey to understand the effects of identity, including aspects of race and privilege, and how their identity shapes their leadership; 

  • have examined the impact of racism and inequity in their organizations, and can reflect on the corrective steps they’ve taken, but know there is more work they can do;

  • hold a breadth of experience and maturity gained from overcoming hardship;

  • are between the ages of 25 and 60, and feel reflection on their leadership and vision for the future is timely;

  • don’t have it all figured out and are oriented towards listening to and learning from others with different perspectives, and can do so with humility, vulnerability, curiosity, and empathy; and,

  • are eager to engage in dialogue and build community with leaders across the political spectrum.

2022 ANNUAL SELECTION CYCLE TIMELINE 
*Note that the selection cycle timeline is subject to change throughout the year. Please check our website regularly for timeline updates. 

MARCH - APRIL 2022

Annual Call for Nominations

MARCH - MAY 2022

Open Call for Applications

JUNE 2022

Candidate consideration begins

OCTOBER 2022

Candidate consideration completed

DECEMBER 2022

Selection decisions shared with candidates

EARLY 2023

Selected cohorts announced

APRIL & SEPTEMBER 2023

Cohort seminars launch

Our selection process is designed to help us get beyond surface-level information about individuals and their organizations and really get to know candidates and their outstanding work in service to students and families. We take a relational approach involving the following key phases:

STEP 1

NOMINATION

APPLICATION

OR

  • Leaders can apply with or without a nomination

  • Nominations of exceptional leaders accepted year-round

STEP 2

CANDIDATE CONSIDERATION

  • 90-minute Zoom interview + Referencing

STEP 3

COHORT CURATION

  • Inclusive of the breadth of our humanity across multiple domains of difference

STEP 4

SELECTION

  • Candidates not selected are waitlisted for up to one year, or notified and given an opportunity to apply in the future

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