How To Apply

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.
  • Sponsorship form (PDF)
  • Applications for the 2019-2020 cohort are currently closed.
  • The next application cycle will start spring of 2020.

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 support from the sponsor.
  • Applicants must identify a potential institutional action project for institutional change that serves as a critical part of their program experience. Although the institutional action project need not be fully formed at the time of application, the applicant should describe: (1) a need/issue, (2) plan to address the need/issue, and (3) anticipated outcomes or impacts of the institutional action project.
  • 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

Fees and Cost

  • The program fee for fellows (valued at $9,000) is covered by the NSF INCLUDES Grant. (which covers 17 days lodging at sessions, most meals, distance learning, faculty/facilitators, and educational materials).
  • 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

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 support for the program fees (not applicable for cohort 1) and travel expenses.
  • Salary continuation during the IAspire fellowship period.
  • Access to higher administration for assistance with assignments, especially working on the institutional action project.

Both the qualities of the applicant and the commitment to leadership in their institution are considered during the selection process. 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 twenty (20) applicants will be selected to be fellows in each cohort. Final selections for the current cohort will be made by July 1. The individuals will receive a letter of acceptance via email if they have been selected to be IAspire fellows.

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 20 fellows from STEM disciplines during a single meeting scheduled after applications are closed.