How To Apply
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Information For Applicants (Potential Fellows)
Application Preview (PDF)**This is a preview of the application to prepare applicants as there are several essay questions and the need to secure supporting materials before final submission.
A limited number of scholarships are available.
Application deadline to apply for Cohort 4 is May 20, 2022
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 name in the application and the IAspire program team will seek formal approval from them. 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
The program will be held via two in-person sessions and one virtual session. The in-person sessions & locations (from the dates below) will be determined once the cohort has been selected.
Cohort 3 November 7-12, 2021
Cohort 4 November 6-11, 2022
Cohort 3 March 21-24, 2022
Cohort 4 March 20-23, 2023
Cohort 3 July 11-14, 2022
Cohort 4 July 10-13, 2023
August - November - Complete Orientation Assignments and Assessments
November - March - Participate in peer coaching sessions, complete assignments, and planning for institutional action project
April - June - Participate in peer coaching sessions, complete assignments, and planning for institutional action project
July (end year one) - July (end year two) - Action project experience (applied skill opportunity)
Fees and Cost
The program fee for fellows (valued at $10,000) is reduced to $7,500 with the remainder covered by the NSF INCLUDES Grant. These fees cover lodging at two sessions, most meals, one session distance learning, faculty/facilitators, and educational materials.
A limited number of scholarships are available. Applicants will be able to apply for a scholarship award while 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 will reach out to sponsors identified in the application to obtain formal approval for applicants participation in the program. Below are a few things we suggest the sponsor consider.
We encourage the applicant’s institution to commit 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 professional development plan for the fellow which includes mentorship in developing a broader institutional view of leadership roles and strategies.
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.