2013 First to the Top Fellowship FAQ
When will I hear back about my candidacy?
All candidates will receive a final decision by March 1st. If you have competing timeline concerns and need an expedited decision, please let me know by what date you will need a decision, and I will note that on your application.
Can I submit additional materials?
Thank you for wanting to strengthen your candidacy by adding to your application. However, due to the volume of applications, we are unable to evaluate any items outside of the required application materials.
When does the fellowship start and end?
Unofficially, the fellowship will start on Monday, June 3 and end on Friday, Aug. 9 for a total of 10 weeks. These dates will be confirmed in the coming weeks.
Am I able to start or end on a different date?
In the past, we have made start date and end date exceptions for fellows with unique circumstances (i.e. a graduate student who has to be back on campus in late July). However, our preference is that fellows remain with the program throughout its duration because we have planned specific programming and want to provide a consistent experience. If you require an exception, please let me know what dates you are available so that I can note that on your application.
Where will fellows work?
All fellows will work at the Tennessee Department of Education in the Andrew Johnson Tower (710 James Robertson Parkway) in Nashville for the duration of the program.
What will the work consist of?
We are currently in the process of finalizing fellowship projects for the summer. One potential project includes helping design the next phase of our state accountability system once we transition to PARCC assessments. All work will be essential to our strategic priorities and First to the Top goals, and placement will be based on department needs and fellows’ interests, skill sets, and experiences.
Is housing provided?
No, housing is not provided. We provide a $7,500 stipend in part to cover living expenses. We will provide some assistance in locating housing options, but fellows are responsible for securing housing.
How is the stipend distributed?
The stipend will be paid in two separate installments. Fellows will receive the first installment midway through the program and the second installment at the conclusion of the program.
Are international students eligible to apply?
International students with work authorization are encouraged to apply. We do not have the capacity to support international students in securing work authorization.