Nominate an inspiring leader
for The Ryan Fellowship

The Ryan Fellowship is a targeted development program created by Accelerate Institute for incoming school principals. Ryan Fellows are uniquely qualified to accelerate student achievement and join a national corps of transformational school leaders.

What makes The Ryan Fellowship unique and effective?

Ryan Fellows embark on an individualized three-year leadership development program in which they acquire the skills and resources needed to yield high academic achievement for students.

Participants begin the Fellowship Year (Year 0) at the Summer/Winter Institute at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. 

Ryan Fellows then advance to a Field Study at an autonomous school in their region, or within their existing school or network. In doing so, they have the opportunity to complete an intensive action research program while receiving direct support and feedback from an Accelerate Institute Advisor. 

Ryan Fellows receive two additional years of strategic planning support, advisory services and professional development after stepping into a principal position.

Become a part of the movement by helping us identify our next cohort of high-impact leaders who will close the achievement gap in our nation’s schools.

• Complete this online form if you are a school or CMO partner who would like to nominate a school leader from your network for The Ryan Fellowship.

• Complete this form if you are an individual who would like to nominate a friend or colleague.

Our selection criteria includes:

  • Leadership Attributes (e.g., strategic thinking/planning, confidence, communication, relationship building, professionalism)
  • Growth Mindset
  • Management Experience
  • Instructional Expertise