The 2024-2025 NHSFP application opens  February 1, 2024, at 8:00 AM EST and closes March 14, 2024, at 11:00PM EST.

Thank you for your interest in applying to the National Head Start Fellowship Program (NHSFP). On behalf of the Office of Head Start, School Readiness Consulting (SRC)   manages the NHSFP in partnership with ADC Management Solutions (ADC). 

The NHSFP offers a highly competitive leadership opportunity for local Head Start program staff and those in the field of early childhood and family services. Fellows benefit from a one-year program living and working in Washington, D.C., that includes robust professional and leadership development, mentoring, and networking opportunities with national early childhood organizations and leaders, while making significant contributions to the Office of Head Start.

 Fellows receive: 

  • A stipend of $95,000
  • Benefits package including health insurance and paid time off
  • One-year work assignment at the  Office of Head Start 
  • An intensive leadership development program 
  • Opportunities to attend conferences and networking events 
  • Individualized mentoring 

Application Process

The NHSFP application process consists of multi-steps to identify the most qualified applicants representing diversity in geographic location, content area expertise, educational background, and a range of career experience. Answer all questions fully and accurately. You will have until 11:00 PM EST on March 14, 2024, to complete your application. The review committee will carefully evaluate your responses. Please take your time and provide detailed responses to the questions.

The top applicants are named National Semi-Finalists and participate in virtual presentations. The top Semi-Finalists are invited as National Finalists to participate in interviews, live writing, and group experiences with other finalists.

The Office of Head Start and its recipients are equal-opportunity employers. Appointment to the NHSFP is based on qualifications and performance. There are no physical requirements or restrictions on race, creed, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, or sexual orientation.  

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