How can I "apply" for the NC Principal Fellows Program?

The process of becoming a NC Principal Fellow is collaborative and involves your school principal, district leadership (Human Resources and Superintendent) and grant-funded University Programs.

No application from our state office exists.  Each academic year, grant-funded University Programs will work with their partnering school districts to determine the number of aspiring leaders they have "on the bench" and ready to enroll in a cohort.  As partners, they manage a rigorous selection process used to ensure the highest caliber participants are accepted.


In partnership with Education Policy Initiative at Carolina, we are excited to release the Year 2 Evaluation Report of the newly consolidated NCPFP. This report begins to highlight the important work in which our PFP Grantees are engaged and the initial impact Principal Fellows are making across NC.



NC Principal Fellows Program Class 28 Celebration

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See the latest NCPFP Newsletter

The Leader's Edge for WINTER 2024

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Four NCPFPs Receive Additional Funds for Odd-Year Graduates

Congratulations to the following Principal Fellows Programs for the acceptance of proposals to help balance the number of Principal Fellow graduates in even and odd year:

CCRESA/NC Central University, East Carolina University, NC State University, and UNC Charlotte

Collectively, these programs will receive approximately $5 million between 2023-27.  With the additional funds, programs anticipate graduating close to 100 Principal Fellows ready to serve North Carolina's high need schools!



NC Principal Fellows Commission Meetings Scheduled for 2023-24

The North Carolina Principal Fellows Commission meets regularly to discuss various aspects of the program.  The fifteen-member governing body represents various educational and business areas, and are appointed to serve four year terms.


Producing Exemplary School Leaders for Over 27 Years

The North Carolina Principal Fellows Program, launched in 1993, is a scholarship program that provides funding to exemplary educators who aspire to begin a career in school administration.  For twenty six years, scholarship funds (in the amount of ~$3.2 million) have been awarded.  The Transforming Principal Preparation Program is a competitive state grant ($4 million) which requires NC university programs to apply through a Request for Proposal process in order to receive funding.  Again, this is a grant awarded to university programs and not a scholarship awarded directly to students.

To read more about about the TP3 and Principal Fellows Program consolidation, click here.  You can also find more information on the Principal Preparation Program by visiting BEST NC.


NC schools with higher poverty and minority student populations lose principals at an alarming rate. We're closing the gap!