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Latinx Mixer
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Virtual Office Hours | Application Support
June 9, 2022


Our Surge Connection Hubs are spaces where potential applicants can connect with our team and community to learn more about the application process and ask any questions related to the Fellowship program and Surge Institute.

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4:30pm – 6:30pm CT


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2023 Surge Fellowship Applications Open

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2023 Surge Fellowship Application Deadline

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2023 Cohort Selection Days

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2023 Cohort Announcement

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2023 Welcome Mixer

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

Surge Chicago 2023 Fellowship Session Dates

Session 1 & Opening Retreat
October 20-22, 2022

Session 2:
November 18, 2022

Session 3:
December 16, 2022

Session 4:
January 20, 2023

Session 5:
February 17, 2023

Session 6:
March 17, 2023

Session 7:
April 21, 2023

Session 8:
May 19, 2023

Session 9:
June 16, 2023

Session 10: Closing Retreat and Graduation
July 13-15, 2023

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 (hybrid sessions). Fellows are expected to attend all retreats and monthly sessions.

For the 2023 Surge Fellowship year, we anticipate a combination of virtual and hybrid monthly sessions, to ensure the safety of all in our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Should the rates of COVID-19 risk, infection and mortality decrease to what we determine to be an acceptably low level, it is possible that we will be able to thoughtfully and carefully transition our sessions to be fully in-person. In doing so, we would continue to follow all federal, state, and local government policies, in addition to following the wisdom, needs, and risk-tolerance of our community. Our priority is the well-being and safety of our people.


  • Indianapolis-based African-American or Latinx leader roughly between the ages of 28 to 40
  • 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 $5,000 per fellow for the year-long 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 indianapolis@surgeinstitute.org.