Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program - National Council of Teachers of English

Application Process

Fellows are selected through a competitive application process. Applications are solicited at the beginning of each year with notifications in the spring.

Individuals should meet the following criteria:

  • hold current membership in NCTE and
  • serve as a current English leader (e.g., team leader, department chair, lead teacher, literacy coach,curriculum coordinator for English/language arts) at the K-university level who has been working in a new leadership position for 1-3 years.

Applications should include:

  • A statement of interest (300 word maximum) providing an overview of:
    • your current position and the challenges you face in this new(er) setting;
    • particular needs, interests, or areas of concerns that you have identified;
    • ways in which you feel this program will benefit you in your role as a literacy leader.
  • A professional letter or recommendation
  • A letter of support from your employer ensuring your availability to secure leave for the CEL Annual Convention in November 2023.
Application Form


Application Deadline: May 1, 2023

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