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Do you want to bring innovative solutions to DC’s public schools? Join our Design Fellowship.

Design Fellowship, our four-month, immersive fellowship, will help innovators like you design and scale equity-centered solutions to DC’s most pressing educational challenges. 

During the fellowship, you will receive customized tools, coaching, and financial support to design, test, adapt, and scale a right-sized pilot solution. After the fellowship, you will have ongoing access to our tools, a vibrant community of designers, and the wider CityBridge network to help you implement and scale your idea. You will also be eligible to apply to Stage 3 of our programming, the CityBridge Design Residency program. 

Design Fellowship is the second of three stages in the CityBridge Incubator aimed at creating excellent and equitable schools and educational ventures. 

Program Dates:

  • May and June: Recruitment and selection
  • July: Coaching with teams to prepare for the Fellowship
  • August/September: Start of program (pending guidance from DC government)
  • Winter/Spring semester: Support for ongoing pilot work through communities of practice

What You Will Do

  • Explore and define a student-centered problem and the conditions that shape it
  • Design a pilot to test, adapt, and scale innovative and equity-centered solutions
  • Learn and collaborate with a community of like-minded educators, entrepreneurs, and leaders

Where You Will Focus

Working together on common challenges will help school teams go farther together. Each team in the Fellowship will focus their work on one of these areas:

  • Mental health and social-emotional learning
  • Assessment of learning
  • Family engagement 
  • Support for special populations, specifically, students with disabilities and English Language Learners

What You Will Get

  • Four dynamic workshops
  • Individualized coaching 
  • Stipends of $750-$5,000 per team for prototyping/piloting
  • Custom design tools and methods
  • Access to vibrant and committed community  
  • Ongoing support to continue piloting through the end of the school year

Who Should Apply

  • Teams of school-based educators across Washington, DC (e.g. an Assistant Principal and two additional educators)
  • Participants able to commit 5 to 10 hours between each workshop to apply the tools with students and the school community.