Applicant Information


To be eligible for the School Ambassador Fellowship program, participants must:

  • Be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Currently be a teacher, administrator, student support provider, or other certified school staff member (and anticipate being employed in this role during the next school year).
  • Employed by a traditional accredited public, charter, private, virtual, military (DoDEA), or tribal (BIE) school that serves any grade, preschool through twelfth.
  • Have at least five years of experience as an educator up to and including the current school year.
  • Have daily meaningful interaction with students and educators in a school setting in his/her school role.

Desirable applicants have:

  • A history of demonstrable and meaningful impact on student outcomes and school success.
  • A record of leadership in the school and community settings.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience with outreach activities and project management skills.
  • Relevant insights from classroom, school and/or district experiences that are transferable to federal education programs and initiatives.
  • Support from school and district leaders.

Application Components

A complete application includes:

  • Verification of program eligibility requirements
  • A written personal statement
  • A one-page, written abstract of intended Capstone project
  • Two recommender forms
  • A current resume and cover letter

How Applications Are Evaluated

All applications are screened and reviewed by teams of current and alumni Fellows and Department staff members. The most highly-rated applicants may be asked to participate in virtual and potentially in-person interview processes. All applicants will be notified about their progress in the Fellowship application and selection process. All materials within the application are peer-reviewed and will be assessed against the key qualities we seek in School Ambassador Fellows. These key qualities include:

  • Demonstrable Contributions to Student Learning
  • Effective Leadership Skills
  • Strong Communication Skills
  • Relevant Interests and Expertise
  • School System Support

Narrative responses should address:

  • The candidate’s personal and professional experiences that have defined them as an educator;
  • The extent to which candidates have used their career to be an agent of change within their local school district, state, or at the national level;
  • The extent to which you will leverage your professional networks, resources, and abilities to promote the Secretary of Education’s priorities and the Department’s strategic goals and initiatives;
  • The extent to which your membership in the School Ambassador Fellowship will benefit your school community and/or district.

Application Resources

Applications for the 2021-2022 cohort of the School Ambassador Fellowship are being accepted beginning 12:00am EST on October 12, 2020 until 11:59pm EST January 11, 2021.

In order to be considered for the 2021-2022 School Ambassador Fellowship cohort, you must use this online system to submit a complete application. Any materials submitted by U.S. mail or email will not be reviewed.

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Contact Information

  • Dr. Bryan D. Hale
    School Ambassador Fellowship Lead
    Effective Educator Development Division
    U.S. Department of Education
    Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
    400 Maryland Ave. SW
    Washington, DC 20202
Last Modified: 12/11/2020