Discover the Fellowship Student Experience

Uniquely designed with leaders of color to prepare equity-focused teachers to become effective school leaders

Bring the Fellowship to Your School System
Learn More
B2B student experience with Fellowship Alim '23
Cinique Weekes-Bynoe
Fellowship Alum, '23
Dy’nelle Todman
Fellowship Alum, '23
Jennifer Schroeder
Fellowship Alum, '23

Program Highlights

Principal residency | Fellowship Images
Principal Residency
Our job-embedded residency offers opportunities to exercise your leadership, apply your learning, and complete a capstone research project in your current school.
Individualized coaching | Fellowship Images
Individualized Coaching
Every month, our expert coaches, all current and former principals, provide immediate and actionable feedback to support you in your residency.
Cohort-based learning | Fellowship Images
Cohort-based Learning
Engaging with a community of diverse, like-minded leaders from across the country allows you to collaborate, problem-solve, and continuously improve alongside your peers.
Equity-focused faculty | Fellowship Images
Equity-focused Faculty
The Fellowship faculty are a diverse group of award-winning principals, superintendents, and equity champions, making them the ideal guides to prepare you to step into leadership.

Learning Outcomes

Diverse leadership powers student success.
Our fellows complete the program with the leadership skills and mindset they need to:
  • Design an impactful instructional program
    Accelerating learning for all students
  • Support and develop talent
    Coaching teachers to foster growth and opportunity
  • Understand and respond to evolving needs
    Using data-driven insights to inform decisions
  • Develop systems to equitably distribute resources
    Ensuring all student needs are met
  • Honor the strengths within the community
    Advancing a shared vision for success
Mary Nikoo speaking at the conference 2023 | Fellowship Images
Mary Nikoo
Fellowship Alum, '23

One Fellowship

Many Paths to the Principal Role

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

The Fellowship meets the educational requirements for licensure in 40+ states.

Certification - Only Track
Master's + Certification Track
Credit Hours
24 credit hours
30 credit hours
Program Length
12 months
16 months
Tuition for January 2025
$20,000
$25,000
January 2025 Cohort Application Window
July 2024 - October 2024
Certification - Only Track
Master's + Certification Track
Credit Hours
18 credit hours
30 credit hours
Program Length
11 months
16 months
Tuition for January 2025
$15,000
$25,000
January 2025 Cohort Application  Window
Applications will reopen soon for the January 2025 cohort.
Certification - Only Track
Master's + Certification Track
Credit Hours
18 credit hours
30 credit hours
Program Length
11 months
16 months
Tuition for August 2024
$15,000
$25,000
August 2024 Cohort Application  Window
February - May 15, 2024
Certification - Only Track
Master's + Certification Track
Credit Hours
24 credit hours
30 credit hours
Program Length
12 months
16 months
Tuition for August '24 / January '25
$20,000
$25,000
August 2024 Cohort Application Window
February - June 30, 2024

Program of Study

The Fellowship includes online asynchronous content, virtual live sessions, individual coaching, and a residency completed in fellows' current school site. The program can be completed in 10-16 months depending on track and enrollment partner.

The Fellowship at Bank Street
  • History of Urban Education
  • School Culture and Community Relations
  • Practicum I
  • Education Resource Management
  • School Law
  • Curriculum Planning for Educational Leadership
  • Supervision
  • Practicum II
  • Research for School Improvement (Master’s Track only)
  • Adult Development (Master’s Track only)
The Fellowship at Clark Atlanta University
  • History of Urban Education
  • School Culture and Community Relations
  • Practicum I
  • Curriculum Planning for Educational Leadership
  • Education Resource Management
  • Practicum II
  • Intro to Educational Administration and Supervision (Master’s Track only)
  • Research for School Improvement (Master’s Track only)
  • School Law (Master’s Track only)
  • Educational Tests and Measurements (Master’s Track only)
The Fellowship at Clark Atlanta University
  • History of Urban Education
  • School Culture and Community Relations
  • Practicum I
  • Curriculum Planning for Educational Leadership
  • Education Resource Management
  • Practicum II
  • Intro to Educational Administration and Supervision (Master’s Track only)
  • Research for School Improvement (Master’s Track only)
  • School Law (Master’s Track only)
  • Educational Tests and Measurements (Master’s Track only)
The Fellowship at Bank Street
  • History of Urban Education
  • School Culture and Community Relations
  • Practicum I
  • Education Resource Management
  • School Law
  • Curriculum Planning for Educational Leadership
  • Supervision
  • Practicum II
  • Research for School Improvement (Master’s Track only)
  • Adult Development (Master’s Track only)

Alumni Benefits

Graduates of the Fellowship will join a robust community of 6,000+ New Leaders alumni.
With ongoing opportunities for community building, networking, and support delivered by a dedicated alumni engagement team, the Fellowship experience extends into the principalship and beyond.

Marcus Peterson receiving his fellowship award | Fellowship Images
Marcus Peterson
Fellowship Alum, '23
Alumni benefits include:
Orange circle with check | Fellowship Images
Evidence-based resources and leadership tools
Orange circle with check | Fellowship Images
Affinity groups, mentoring, and networking
Orange circle with check | Fellowship Images
Resume and interview support
Orange circle with check | Fellowship Images
Community-building events in cities across the country
Orange circle with check | Fellowship Images
High-quality programming and learning opportunities
Orange circle with check | Fellowship Images
Opportunities for career advancement

Admissions and Eligibility

Next application window:
July 2024 - October 2024

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  • 2-3 years of teaching experience
  • 3.0 GPA average on conferred degrees
  • A valid teaching license or credential
  • A current role with access to a residency school site
  • A master's degree (Only a requirement for the Certification-Only track in some states - individuals can check their program options and requirements using our eligibility tool)
B2B student experience, woman standing with the fellowship award
Prospective participants in the Fellowship are also expected to embrace an equity-focused mindset and have a track record of driving student success.

Recruiting Candidates to the Fellowship

We partner with school systems to connect teachers, instructional coaches, deans and other eligible educators to the Fellowship. As a partner, you will receive individual, weekly updates about candidate interest and application progress to help ensure success.

Application Steps

Orange evaluate icon | Fellowship Images
Evaluate program options
Orange start icon | Fellowship Images
Start application
Orange write icon | Fellowship Images
Write a personal leadership essay
Orange secure icon | Fellowship Images
Secure recommendations and residency consent
Orange submit icon | Fellowship Images
Submit transcripts and credentials
Orange complete icon | Fellowship Images
Complete an asynchronous interview
White dotted line | Fellowship Images
Fellow, Michelle Means, cut out in orange square frame | Fellowship Images
Michelle Means
Fellowship Alum, '23
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

Request Information

Continue
Send me more informationGo Back
Send me more informationGo Back
Thank you for your interest in the National Aspiring Principals Fellowship!
We look forward to following up with important information about the Fellowship shortly.
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Thank you! We have already received your request for information for the National Aspiring Principals Fellowship. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach us via text at (646) 846-3672(646) 846-3672 or email at fellowshipquestions@newleaders.edu, and our team will be in touch with you shortly.

We look forward to you joining us and taking the next step in your leadership journey.

Administrator licensing/certification requirements are at all times subject to the applicable requirements of the credentialing state. All licensing/certification determinations are made by the credentialing state; accordingly, neither New Leaders, Clark Atlanta University, Bank Street Graduate School of Education, nor Morehouse College cannot guarantee any individual an administrator credential at any time.

Accreditation and Certification at Bank Street Graduate School of Education:  Graduates are eligible for New York State School Building Leader (SBL) certification. To be eligible for certification, candidates must have successfully completed three years of teaching or pupil personnel service work in PreK–12 settings. Candidates are also required to pass both the New York State School Building Leader Assessment and the Educating All Students exam. Completion or evidence of completion of the three New York State mandated workshops in Child Abuse Identification, School Violence Prevention, and Harassment, Bullying, and Discrimination Prevention (Dignity for All Students) is a requirement of this program. Workshops can be completed online, and documentation shared with your SSA. Certification support for the New York State certification process and requirements is available to assist you at certification@bankstreet.edu.

Accreditation and Certification at Clark Atlanta University: Graduates of the program are eligible to pursue Tier I educational leadership certification in the state of Georgia and principal’s licensure in the state of Indiana. Program Advisors will meet with students each semester to review processes and options for earning professional licenses in the state in which they reside. Additionally, Clark Atlanta University's (CAU) SOE Certification Officer will conduct workshops each semester related to state certification/licensure procedures and protocols.  Program Advisors and the CAU SOE Certification Officer will meet with students each semester to review processes and options for earning professional licenses in the state in which they reside.