Prospective Applicants

The 2019-2021 Principal Fellows Application was due by February 1, 2019.

The Principal Fellows Application for admission in 2020 will be available late summer 2019.

Minimum Requirements to Apply to the NC Principal Fellows Program

  • Be a domiciliary (legal resident) of North Carolina.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident Immigrant Alien or a Non-Immigrant Alien with the capacity to remain indefinitely in North Carolina.
  • Not be in default on any previous federal or North Carolina student loan.
  • Have a baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a state, regional, or national accrediting agency with at least a 3.2 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 semester hours of study, including any graduate work.
  • Have completed no more than two courses (6 semester hours) that apply toward the master’s in school administration.
  • Have a minimum of four (4) years of successful full-time classroom teaching experience (does not include part-time substitute teaching or teacher assistant experience) or other relevant experiences.
  • Provide evidence of effective leadership and management potential.
  • Provide evidence of superior communication skills.
  • Be willing to comply with the Program Regulations.
  • Be willing to practice at an approved site in North Carolina as a full-time administrator for four years, within six years of completing the master’s degree, or repay in cash the amount received through the Principal Fellows Program plus interest at a rate of 10%.
  • Must show evidence of unconditional admission for Fall 2018-2019 as a full-time student in the first year of a two-year master’s degree program in school administration at a participating institution(s) of the University of North Carolina by the date the Principal Fellows Commission selects the recipients in the spring.
  • Must agree to enroll for a full-time academic load (minimum of 9 hours per semester) for the duration of program.

NC Principal Fellows Application Process

A completed NC Principal Fellows Application will include:

  • The 2019-2021 NCPFP Online Application (button included on the this page). You can save the application and continue it later.
  • Written Goals Statement – Upload to the online application. In the statement you should describe 1) Professional experiences relevant to your desire to become a school administrator, 2) What your goals as an administrator are, and 3) How these goals relate to current trends and issues in public education. Your Goals Statement should be a minimum of two typed pages, a maximum of four typed pages, and should address all three of these prompts. Goals statements must be typed in 12 point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, and 1.25 inch margins on each side.
  • School District Notification Form – Upload to the online application. This form notifies your school district that you are applying for the Principal Fellows Program and that if selected you will be applying for a two-year leave of absence. The form must be completed and signed by the superintendent (or designee) and uploaded by the application due date.
  • Current Resume – Upload to the online application.
  • Three References – List references’ contact information in the online application and complete the applicant disclosure rights portion. References should include your immediate supervisor and those who can speak to your current performance and future leadership ability.
  • Official Transcripts – Original official transcripts of all your post-secondary coursework from all institutions must be sent directly from the institution to the NC Principal Fellows Program. Official transcripts may also be sent electronically by the institution to the NC Principal Fellows Program by email to
  • GRE/MAT Scores – You must submit either GRE or MAT test scores by application due date. Test scores are required for the PFP, even if they are not required by the MSA program/graduate school. You may submit a photocopy of these scores and email them to; there is no time restriction as to when taken. You may also submit scores directly to the NC Principal Fellows Program by designating a score recipient code when you register to take the test. Application is complete once scores have been submitted. Score recipient codes are:
    • GRE – 5543
    • MAT – 9916
  • $45 Application Fee – Non-refundable application fee is required. The application fee must be paid in the form of a check or money order payable to NC State University and mailed to:
    • NC Principal Fellows Program/Dr. Eddie Price
      Campus Box 7801
      Raleigh, NC 27695-7801
  • Participate in a Principal Fellows Program Regional Interview at one of the following universities:
    • UNC Charlotte – Monday, March 4th, 2019
    • NC A&T University – Wednesday, March 6th, 2019
    • East Carolina University – Friday March 8th, 2019

Before you begin the application process, please be sure that you meet the minimum requirements for the program, which are listed at the top of this page.

Important Application Information

  • This is a competitive, merit-based process. While meeting the nine minimum criteria makes you eligible to be considered for a scholarship loan, it does not mean you will be selected to receive a scholarship loan. Exceptions are not made for applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifying criteria (found on page 2 of the application).
  • The deadline for submission of the application was Friday, February 1, 2019. Your application must be received or postmarked by this date. All required documents including references must also be received or postmarked by this date. Failure to submit all required documents by the deadline may result in your application not being reviewed for eligibility.
  •  The $45.00 application fee is non-refundable, non-deductible and non-applicable to tuition or any fees. You will need to make this check or money order payable to NC State University and mail to:
    Dr. Eddie Price/NC Principal Fellows Program
    Campus Box 7801
    Raleigh, NC 27695-7801.
  • You must have applied to a Master of School Administration program at a participating institution and must have been unconditionally admitted to the program by the time the Principal Fellows Commission selects the recipients in spring 2019.
  • As an applicant, it is important that you make your school district/employer aware of your application for a scholarship loan. The School District Notification Form should be used to discuss with the appropriate officials the two year leave of absence you must take if awarded a Principal Fellows scholarship loan. If selected as a Principal Fellow, you will need to apply for an official leave of absence or resign your position. Note: Continuation of the state health plan for the Fellow is ONLY available to Fellows who are on an official leave of absence from their school system. 
  • You must include three references in your application.

Should you have any questions about the application, please email Dr. Eddie Price at

Please click the buttons below and print the application supporting documents and to complete the online application. Read the application instructions provided on this page carefully.

Important: You must print the supporting documents to be completed and uploaded to the online application.

NC Principal Fellows Application

School District Notification Form – Complete and Upload to Application