Become an EdSurge Contributor/Fellow — Apply by January 9th

Alejandra Cervantes
Dec 5, 2016 · 3 min read

After two successful iterations of our student-run, student-driven cohort, we’re creating a third one for the winter — and we’d like you to be a part of it.

Apply to Become an EdSurge Independent Fellow

If you’re interested in contributing consistently and participating in our digital community, we’re forming a cohort of EdSurge Independent Fellows for the winter (with a January 9th application deadline).

Goal | We aim to convene a group of approximately 8–10 students who will commit to writing regularly for EdSurge Independent and who want to refine their storytelling chops.

When | The cohort will run from January 23rd —April 28th, requiring 1–2 hours/week.

Who are we looking for? | Writers, tinkerers, artists, activists, radicals, conservatives, young and old, from across the world — we want students questioning where higher education is and where it’s going. You must:

  • Be pursuing a postsecondary degree or certificate with an accredited college or university (reach out if you’re an exception to this definition of “student”).
  • Have a clearly demonstrated interest in academic or creative writing.
  • Commit to participating in weekly digital meetups.

Why should you participate?

  • You’ll have a chance to engage in conversation about the direction of higher education with leading doers and thinkers.
  • You’ll connect with other students working to transform higher education from the inside.
  • You’ll be able to take advantage of EdSurge staff resources and experience, including seasoned journalists and multiple “Forbes 30 under 30” thought leaders.
  • You’ll strengthen your creative skills with a collection of other talented storytellers.

Cohort Expectations | Each participant will be responsible for two types of contributions:

  • Medium Posts | 1 every month (3 total)
  • These contributions will either be a 500–1000 word opinion-style reflection or a multi-media experience of your choice.
  • We will offer some broad topics for reflection, creating a body of pieces on issues relevant to students, like “Is the GPA necessary?” or “How might we reimagine student loans?”
  • Community Engagement | Each month we’ll host two events: one hour-long monthly digital reflection and one hour-long speaker event. In the reflections, we’ll discuss topics of innovation in higher education. During the speaker events, we’ll bring in thought leaders in education for you to connect with and ask questions.

How to apply | Provide a sample of your storytelling in the application. It does not have to be about higher education. We’re excited about storytelling in many media, so consider submitting a written story, a video short, cartoon strips or illustrations. The sample can be nonfiction, journalistic, opinion or fiction. That said, if it fits our topic and can be re-published, we’ll work with you to make it your first contribution! And it must obviously be your own work. Send us your application by Friday, January 9th, 2017.

What you’ll hear back from us | By January 13th we’ll respond with next steps. While you wait, we will certainly welcome your contributions in EdSurge Independent (see how to contribute above). Note that in our selection, we will consider the makeup of the cohort, as we want to create a community of people from many different backgrounds and institutional affiliations.

Contribute a Story

If you can’t commit to a fellowship with EdSurge, we’re still interested in publishing your stories of higher-ed innovation and experimentation — your thoughts on the transition from high school to college, the pros and cons of an online course, your take on the GPA as a measure of success, or your experience as a first generation student, for instance.

We’re asking: what story do you wish faculty, staff, administrators, entrepreneurs and other students knew? We’re looking for writing, of course, but also photo-essays, mini-documentaries, comics, audio-journals and more! If you have any work that you think fits the bill, submit it here to be considered for publishing — contributions are accepted on a rolling basis.

Apply here to join the cohort! | Go here to contribute!

Alejandra Cervantes, EdSurge Community Development Manager and UCLA Student, Class of 2018

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