How To Apply

While we recognize that we are in times of great uncertainty we are also optimistic that a sense of normalcy will return and we will be able to resume all face to face development opportunities. Rest assured we will be diligent and responsive putting the safety and learning of the participants at the forefront of our decision making

Information For Applicants (Potential Fellows)

Application Requirements

  • Applicants must hold a formal or informal leadership position in their institution. This may include individuals in positions including but not limited to: faculty (all levels); program and team leaders; institute and center directors; district and regional directors; professional society leaders; compliance officers; vice presidents/ chancellors; deans; department heads and chairs; and others. We don’t discourage anyone interested in applying but note that preference will be given to applicants who are more established in their careers.

  • It is strongly encouraged that applicants have been in their current role/position for a minimum of nine months at the time of application.

  • Applicants should identify with groups that are traditionally underrepresented in STEM.

  • Applicants initiate the process of garnering approval and support from their institution and identifying a sponsor who will work with them during the program. The applicant is responsible for submitting the completed sponsorship form accompanied by a formal letter of reference/support from the sponsor. See guidelines below under Information for Campus Sponsor section.

  • Applicants are required to submit a curriculum vitae (CV)

  • Completed application packets must be submitted by the posted application deadline.

Strong Candidates will provide evidence of:

  • Leadership experience in a STEM discipline within higher education

  • Detailed professional goals for the next ten years

  • A strong desire to learn and utilize their training and experiences in the program to achieve their goals

Please take a moment to review the application questions in the application preview before entering the online system.

Tentative Schedule of Program

Due to Covid-19 and other institutional constraints, Cohort 3 will be held via one in-person session and two virtual sessions. The in-person session & location (from the dates below) will be determined once the cohort has been selected.

Session 1

November 7-12, 2021

Session 2

March 21-24, 2022

Session 3

July 11-14, 2022

Intrasession Work

August 2021 - November 2021- Complete Orientation Assignments and Assessments

November 2021 - March 2022 - Participate in peer coaching sessions, complete assignments, and planning for institutional action project

April 2022 - June 2022 - Participate in peer coaching sessions, complete assignments, and planning for institutional action project

July 2022 - July 2023 - Action project experience (applied skill opportunity)

Fees and Cost

  • The program fee for fellows (valued at $10,000) is reduced to $5,000 with the remainder covered by the NSF INCLUDES Grant. These fees cover lodging at one session, most meals, 2 sessions distance learning, faculty/facilitators, and educational materials.

  • A limited number of scholarships are available. Applicants will be able to apply for a scholarship award after completing the program application.

  • Travel (flights or mileage) and other expenses (some meals, pre/post session lodging) are the responsibility of the fellow and/or the fellow’s supporting institution.

Information for Campus Sponsor

Both the qualities of the applicant and the commitment to leadership in their institution are considered during the selection process.

We understand the financial constraint you may be experiencing at your institution. In addition to any financial support you are able to provide, please also articulate in your letter of support the plan to support your applicant in other ways.

The applicant’s institution commits to

  • Provide the necessary time for the fellow to fully participate in the program and to complete their assignments.

  • Financial (i.e., fees and expenses) and other support (i.e., time and mentoring) during the program.

  • Salary continuation during the IAspire fellowship period.

  • Access to higher administration for assistance with assignments, especially working on the institutional action project.

A strong letter of support includes

  • Evidence of a clear commitment to developing the fellow for formal or informal advancement and leadership roles following the fellow’s participation in the academy.

  • A professional development plan for the fellow that includes identifying a mentor such as a dean, chair or other senior administrator and opportunities to help the fellow develop a broader school or university view of leadership roles and strategies.

  • Explanation of how the institution will fulfill the commitment to the bullets listed above (e.g., financial support of institutional action project, course/time release, travel).

Review and Selection Process

Approximately thirty (30) applicants will be selected. Final selections for the current cohort will be made in July. The individuals will receive a letter of acceptance via email if they have been selected to be an IAspire Fellow.

Selection of each cohort is a process of careful review for academic leadership potential (judged collectively by individual characteristics, application narratives expressing evidence of leadership experience, desire, and institutional support). Targeted consideration will be given to each candidate's clarity of career goals, aspiration to lead within STEM disciplines within higher education, self-awareness about their own leadership competencies, and the breadth and depth of their leadership experience.

A single selection committee reviews all application materials and compiles a listing of candidates. The selection committee members identify approximately 30 fellows from STEM disciplines during a single meeting scheduled after applications close.