The 2023-2024 NHSFP application will open at 8:00 AM EST on June 1, 2023, and close at 11:00 PM EST on June 23, 2023.

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)  will manage the NHSFP along with partnerships with Boston University’s Wheelock School of Education and Development’s Center of Ecology and Early Development (CEED) and ADC Management Solutions (ADC). We look forward to innovating on the incredible work of previous classes while maintaining the core elements that make the National Head Start Fellowship program a pillar of the early childhood field.

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

 As a Fellow, you'll receive: 

  • A stipend of $95,000 + plus health insurance and paid time off 

  • One-year employment assignment at ACF’s Office of Head Start 

  • An intensive leadership development program 

  • Opportunities to attend conferences and networking events 

  • Individualized coaching and mentorship 

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 [that match the current needs of OHS and the Administration]. Answer all questions fully and accurately. You will have until 11:00 PM EST on June 23, 2023, to complete your application. The review committee will carefully evaluate your responses. Please take your time and provide detailed responses to the questions.

The Office of Head Start and its recipients are equal-opportunity employers. Appointment to the NHSFP is based on qualifications and performance regardless of race, creed, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, or any physical requirements.  

  • Section 1 is focused on eligibility and personal declarations. Please note that your personal declarations will not necessarily make you ineligible for the program. However, we may need to request additional information from you.

  • Section 2 consists of short answer questions designed to identify your qualifications and experience. You will also be asked to submit two (2) recommendation forms during this round. 

  • The top applicants will be named National Finalists and participate in virtual interviews and collaborative group experiences with other finalists.

If you need support at any time during the application process, please click on the “i” icon on the top right-hand corner of your screen. Should you need additional assistance, please contact a member of the SRC team at