Education Policy

IDRA Education Policy Fellows Call for Applications

Apply Today to IDRA’s Education Policy Fellowship!

Policy fellows call eNews coverIDRA is changing the landscape of state education advocacy by training early- to mid-career advocates to influence state laws and lead a powerful network of impacted and engaged communities.

The 2024-25 cohort of IDRA Education Policy Fellows will receive real-world training on advancing an educational equity agenda during the 2025 legislative sessions in Texas and Georgia (applicants will be asked to select whether they would like to focus on Texas or Georgia). The ideal candidate has a desire to learn about state-level policymaking and apply their skills and background to their work.

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Each fellow will receive:

  • Training in the state legislative process, including how to employ a variety of advocacy strategies;
  • Access to a network of educational equity advocates who have influenced generations of policy and litigation in Texas and Georgia;
  • Real-time, real-world training during the Texas and Georgia legislative sessions;
  • At least one policy mentor, based on fellows’ interests;
  • Training in IDRA’s family leadership in education framework, which centers families and students in educational policy reform;
  • Access to statewide coalitions of advocates;
  • Experience building an advocacy campaign to advance an educational equity agenda; and
  • $55,000 stipend over nine months plus contribution toward medical insurance

Apply Now to Become an IDRA Education Policy Fellow!

The fellowship application process is open now! To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, a list of two references and application.

To be eligible, fellowship applicants must:

  • Be committed to a full-time, in-person fellowship between September 30, 2024, and June 27, 2025
  • Live in Austin or Atlanta and be able to quickly travel to the Texas or Georgia capitol buildings during the fellowship
  • Show a demonstrated interest in protecting public education and advancing educational justice, and connections to the historically-marginalized communities most impacted by inequities in the public education system.
  • Have lived and/or professional experience that is relevant to the fellowship, including experience with one or more of IDRA’s policy priority areas
  • Have a willingness to teach and share knowledge and skills, including those gained during the fellowship, with students, families, IDRA staff and fellows, and other partners
  • Possess a commitment to building relationships with young people, families, teachers, and other public education advocates
  • Have excellent writing skills
  • Have an interest in learning multiple facets of policymaking, including data analysis and research; messaging; coalition management; bill analysis; and in-person advocacy
  • Be committed to expanding access to excellent pre-K-12 and college opportunities for students, particularly students of color, immigrant students, students from families with limited incomes, and other historically-marginalized groups
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including a willingness to meet and interact with people with opposing views and beliefs

The 2024-25 cycle of this program is being generously supported by the Kresge Foundation, the Trellis Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Application Process

To apply please complete the using our application form.

  • Completed application form
  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vita or resumé
  • Two professional references

Application deadline: July 24, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. CT

The IDRA Education Policy Fellows Program is open to all eligible applicants regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, ability or sexual orientation.

Fellows profiles clusterHear from Our Previous Education Policy Fellows!

This will mark IDRA’s third fellowship cycle. See each fellow’s profiles, our external evaluation and our series of Classnotes Podcast episodes as fellows describe their experiences in the program. Vist our IDRA Education Policy Fellowship Webpage

Sign up for our Education Policy Fellowship Webinars!

Join a virtual Q&A session where you can hear from National Director of Policy, Advocacy, & Community Engagement, Morgan Craven, J.D., and Fellowship Coordinator Mikayla Arciaga, M.A.Ed., to learn more about the program!

Listen and ask questions about the application! We will have two webinars for you to choose from!

June 27 Webinar • 2:00pm CT

July 11 Webinar • 11:30am CT