Become an SDP Fellow

SDP fellows use their data talents to improve the lives of students. For two years, fellows work in education agencies, participate in high-impact professional development, and complete ambitious analytic projects that matter.

Apply to Become a Fellow



Inspiring Leaders

Learn from fearless, mission-focused education advocates across the sector.


Faculty Advisors

Receive expert advice from renowned faculty members on your capstone projects.

alumni support

Alumni Mentors

Alumni provide guidance to each new fellow on methods, leadership, communication and more.

What You'll Learn

Education Analytics and Data Governance

Elevate your statistical programming, advanced research techniques, and data management skills. 

Policy Leadership and Management

Engage with education leaders and learn leadership best practices for leading evidence-driven change. 

Visualization and Communication

Develop the ability to tell a visual story with your data and support non-technical stakeholders.

Are you a future data changemaker?

We are looking for unicorns with strong analytic capabilities, familiarity with research design, and evidence of leadership. All fellows must demonstrate the unique blend of data expertise and outstanding communication skills. Data fellows must attain an advanced degree and at least four years of experience. Fellows must be authorized to work in the U.S. SDP does not offer visa sponsorships. Most importantly, all fellows must be committed to education and believe in the importance of data-driven decision making.



To Become an Agency Fellow:

1. Secure approval from your agency leadership to participate in the SDP Fellowship program. Contact us to schedule an exploratory partnership conversation with your agency leadership.

2. Your agency leadership must complete a Partnership Application. Aspiring Agency Fellows must also submit the online Fellowship Application.

3. Once both applications are complete, you and your supervisor will be invited to attend a screening call with SDP.

4. If the partnership is an appropriate fit, then the MOU will be executed, and the Agency Fellow will be onboarded to the program.

Start Your Fellowship Application

To Become a Data Fellow: 

1. Submit the Fellowship Application. If you meet the eligibility requirements and show promise as a fellow, you will be invited to a phone interview. 

2. If you successfully pass the phone interview task, you will continue to the next stage - Selection Day. 

3. At Selection Day, you must present on a second analytic task to a group of Harvard researchers, as well as complete a live case interview.

4. You will be notified within one week if you are accepted to the program. Admitted candidates must interview with SDP partners in order to secure a placement.

5. Partner agencies will make a written offer to Data Fellows that includes a salary between $70,000 - $90,000 and full benefits.  The start date is negotiable; however, all fellows must begin working before October 1 of the first fellowship year. Download the Data Fellowship flyer. 

Start Your Fellowship Application