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NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads

 

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2017-18 cohort.

Gain the credentials you need to become a head of school.

Since 2004, the NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads has helped more than 580 women and men define and embark on their path to leadership. More than one-third of the NAIS fellows have already secured their first headship. As current school heads begin to retire in record numbers, we invite you to be part of the group of independent school professionals who are prepared and ready to lead.

From learning about leadership styles to getting a behind-the-scenes look at the life of a head of school, hear what last year’s faculty and attendees have to say about the fellowship.

 

We’ve recently refined and improved our fellowship program to provide you with not only the practical knowledge needed in applying for, accepting, and being effective in your first headship, but with professional and personal support that will last your entire career. Through this irreplaceable network of mentors and colleagues, the fellowship cultivates connections that you’ll turn to again and again for advice, encouragement, and celebration.

During the one-year fellowship (while you are still working at your current school), you will:

  • Be mentored by an esteemed sitting head of school.
  • Get feedback on your resume and philosophy of education.
  • Receive one-on-one career counseling.
  • Attend a summer institute where you’ll be led by a faculty of sitting heads ranging from new heads to established heads who will give you a comprehensive overview of headship.
  • Participate in special programming at two NAIS Annual Conferences.
  • Take part in a group action research project that will be presented at the NAIS Annual Conference.
  • Develop and refine your own leadership style using the DiSC assessment;
  • Learn about key issues that heads of school face.
  • Cultivate an invaluable network of peers.
  • Learn how to navigate the head search and distinguish yourself for future head of school searches.

As a NAIS fellow, you will be paired with a mentor who is a current sitting head of school and serves as a faculty member for the program. As a result of this relationship, the role of head will be demystified through candid conversations, real-life problem solving, and regular meetings and reading assignments. NAIS makes every effort to match fellows to a mentor who will be able to best advise them on issues specific to their leadership journey, for example, giving special guidance to people of color and women.

Who Can Apply?

To be eligible for consideration as an NAIS fellow, you must:

  • work at an NAIS member school, and have worked as an administrator in independent schools for three or more full years;
  • have a master's degree or other advanced degree, or be in the process of obtaining one;
  • commit to completing all the components of the program in the fellowship year; and
  • secure the backing of your school head (including financial support).
2017 - 18 NAIS Fellowship Costs: $5,100
  • Includes two NAIS Annual Conference registrations (not including travel), one weeklong summer institute (not including travel) and the yearlong mentorship and cohort program.

All participants at NAIS member schools are welcome to participate in the fellowship program. NAIS has an institutional commitment to the principles of diversity. In that spirit, NAIS does not discriminate in violation of the law on the basis of race, religion, creed, color, sexual orientation, age, physical challenge, nation of origin, gender, or any other characteristic. 

Links for Current and Past Fellows

Fellowship alumni: Are you at a new school or in a new position? Please email your new school or position information to rapp@nais.org

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2017-18 NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads
2016-17 NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads
2015-16 NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads
2014-2015 NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads
2013-2014 NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads
2012-2013 NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads
2011-2012 NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads
2010-2011 NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads
2009-2010 NAIS/EE Ford Fellowship for Aspiring Heads
2008-2009 NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads
2007-2008 NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads
2006-2007 NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads
2005-2006 NAIS/EE Ford Fellowship for Aspiring Heads
2004-2005 NAIS/EE Ford Fellowship for Aspiring Heads
2003-2004 NAIS/EE Ford Fellowship for Aspiring Heads

 

Resources and Contacts

Contact Us

For more information please contact Jay Rapp at (202) 973-9752 or rapp@nais.org. ​​​​​​​ 
 
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Article Date: 6/19/2015
Member Perspectives

on the NAIS Fellowship

"The Aspiring Heads program not only shows you how to look within, it provides the tools you will need to be successful in the future."

 
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