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Why I Became A
Surge Fellow




Application Open: October 30, 2023

Application Close: January 19, 2024

Selection Days: February 13-15, 2024

Cohort Announcement: February 27, 2024

Welcome Mixer: March 7, 2024

Disclaimer: Our intended audience for our virtual gatherings are African-American and Latinx leaders in the Washington D.C. education and youth-serving space.

Surge Washington D.C. 2024 Academy Session Dates

Session 1 & Opening Retreat
March 7-9, 2024

Session 2:
April 12, 2024

Session 3:
May 10, 2024

Session 4: Mid Retreat
June 20-22, 2024

Session 5:
July 12, 2024

Session 6:
August 9, 2024

Session 7: Closing Retreat and Graduation
September 12-14, 2024

The fellowship cohort participates in monthly full-day sessions: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (virtual sessions) and 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (in-person in-person sessions). Fellows are expected to attend all retreats and monthly sessions.


  • Washington D.C.-based African-American or Latinx leader
  • Bachelor’s degree (minimum)
  • Minimum of six years of work experience
  • Employed in education or youth-serving role (district, charter, public policy, philanthropy or advocacy/non profit) at the initiation of and for the duration of the fellowship
  • Passion for positively impacting the lives of young people and their communities


Sponsoring organizations are expected to pay a tuition of $2,500 per fellow for the seven month program. Limited scholarships are available for accepted candidates with financial needs.


  • Completed application, including a résumé and responses to four essay questions
  • Two recommendation surveys: one must be from current supervisor
  • Memorandum of Understanding signed by applicant and employer

Surge Fellows leave this experience having enhanced their competency in both technical and adaptive leadership skills, including relationship management, problem-solving, negotiation, conflict resolution, communication, anti-racist design, and project planning, management and execution. Surge Fellows also gain a deeper understanding of the sociopolitical and economic context, history and structure of public education. And, importantly, Surge Fellows rediscover themselves, their power and their dreams, and become a part of a community of leaders who see, support and affirm each other.

If you have specific questions, contact Surge at Washington D.C.@surgeinstitute.org.