Fellowship FAQ

 

What is the fellowship?

The RIDES Leadership Fellowship is a two-year co-curricular and field program for HGSE enrolled graduate students committed to diversity, equity, and integration in American K-12 public schools.

Who are fellows?

Fellows are experienced educators who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity, and integration in American K-12 education. They range from teacher leaders, directors, principals to leaders in the educational arena. The fellows will join the RIDES team upon starting the fellowship.

rides and John king
The RIDES Team with John B. King, the former U.S. Secretary of Education and the current Education Trust CEO.

 How does the fellowship work?

RIDES Leadership Fellows receive $20,000 over the span of the two-year fellowship. Specific details regarding the dissemination of the award will be available in Spring 2018.

How many fellows are in each cohort?

5-7

When is the application deadline?

Applications are due by February 5, 2018 at 11:59 PST.

 Can I be an enrolled student at HGSE and be a RIDES Leadership Fellow?

Yes — the fellowship requires participants to be enrolled in a HGSE program as a full-time student.

 Do I have to be an enrolled student at HGSE to be a RIDES Leadership Fellow?

Yes — the fellowship requires participants to be enrolled in a HGSE program as a full-time Master’s Student or second year EdLD candidate.

 When will I know if I’m accepted?  

All applicants will receive notification of their application status by late March. Finalists will be interviewed by early April. Awardees will be notified no later than April 15th.

Are doctoral students eligible to apply to be a RIDES Leadership Fellow?

Only 1st year EdLD students are eligible to apply to the RIDES Leadership Fellowship. If you are applying to the EdLD program, you must wait until your first academic year to apply. HGSE PhD applicants and students are not eligible to apply.

What are the minimum requirements to apply?

  • Minimum 3 years of full-time work experience

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents at the time of application

Do I have to have K-12 work experience to apply?

 While you are not required to have K-12 work experience to apply, applicants must be able to show a demonstrated interest and passion for American K-12 education, particularly around issues of diversity, equity and integration. All applicants must have a minimum of 3 years of full-time work experience by June 2018.

Do I have to have work experience in the United States to apply?

While you are not required to have work experience in the United States to apply, applicants must be able to show a demonstrated interest and passion for American K-12 education, particularly around issues of diversity, equity and integration. All applicants must have a minimum of 3 years of full-time work experience by June 2018. All applicants must be U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents at the time of application.

How is the fellowship award distributed?

The $20,000 fellowship award will be distributed to fellows over the span of the two -year fellowship. Fellows will receive the fellowship award in the form of financial aid and a stipend. Funding will begin September 2018 and end in August 2020.

What are the responsibilities of a RIDES Leadership Fellow

Fellows will be engaged in seminars, research and development, personal development coaching sessions, and site visits. Research and development will be focused on promising practices of school integration and the factors that influence them.

How does RIDES work overlap with coursework?

RIDES seminars will supplement student coursework with a unique focus on school integration and leadership development to drive this work. RIDES will provide a list of recommended courses that align to the RIDES mission and that will complement the RIDES work.

Where are fellows expected to work in year 2 of the fellowship?

Fellows are expected to work in a school or an organization in a leadership role that is focused on diversity, equity, and integration. While EdLD students must select a site from a predetermined pool of sites, Masters students may find employment at any site that meets the above criteria.  Fellows may complete the 2nd year of the fellowship anywhere in the United States.

Can you please give examples of leadership roles from former RIDES fellows?

This is the inaugural cohort of the RIDES Leadership Fellowship. We envision that RIDES Leadership fellows will take on roles such as :

  • Work with a district or CMO on system-level work around integration

  • Work with an organization that partners with schools or school systems, with a focus on integration

  • Startup (build your own residency) of a school, or partnering org focused on integration.

  • Joining a school, district, CMO  or nonprofit where they are charged to lead an effort related to their specific RIDES related interest area

Who are the coaches that will be providing personal development coaching during the fellowship?

Our coaches will be experienced practitioners from the field who have engaged in the work of diversity, equity and integration.

What are examples of leadership experience represented by previous fellows at the time of application?

This is the inaugural cohort of the RIDES Leadership Fellowship. We are seeking experienced educators who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity, and integration in the current roles, which may range from teacher leaders, directors, principals to leaders in the educational arena.

What is the vision for the Capstone Project that will be completed at the conclusion of the fellowship?

Fellows will take what they have learned from year one of the fellowship and apply it in year 2. The Capstone Project will be an opportunity for fellows to showcase their work over the past two years.

Beyond the 2 short essays and scenario task, are there any other application components such as test scores, letters of rec, writing samples required?

No, there are no additional test scores, letters of recommendation or writing samples required outside of the RIDES Leadership Fellowship application. The selection committee is aware that all RLF applicants have already applied to the Harvard Graduate School of Education and thus will not require additional materials beyond what is in the current application.

Will the selection committee have access to my HGSE application?

No, the selection committee will not have access to your HGSE application unless you as the applicant provide it to the selection committee upon request. The selection committee will only request your HGSE application if you are invited to the interview phase.

What support will be provided to fellows to find employment in year 2 of the fellowship?

As a RIDES Leadership Fellow, you will have access to the RIDES network and there will be funding support to visit potential places of employment. It is important to note that the RIDES team cannot guarantee employment for Masters students who are in the fellowship and will not be formally placing fellows in organizations. Fellows ultimately are responsible for securing employment for year 2 of the fellowship that meets the criteria of the RIDES Leadership Fellowship.

 

FELLOWSHIP EXPERIENCE

What responsibilities do fellows have in the first year of the fellowship?

In the first-year, fellows will focus on the relevant skills for starting, leading, and improving schools, systems, and related organizations in their master's or doctoral programs. Along with their coursework, fellows will engage in skill-development, coaching, networking and research projects focused on diversity, equity and integration.

What responsibilities do fellows have in the second year of the fellowship?

Fellows will work in a school, system or organization leading critical work on diversity, equity, and integration. Fellows are expected to complete a capstone project that supports the mission of RIDES.

What support is provided in the second year?

Coaching is provided to fellows in the field experience year to support context specific challenges and to provide personal development coaching.   

Can the fellowship be completed remotely?

No, RIDES Leadership Fellows are full-time HGSE students enrolled in a master’s program or in their 2nd year of the EdLD program.