Become a Fellow

Applications for the 2018-2019 Fellowship are now closed. Thank you to all who applied!

University Innovation Fellowship

How to Apply

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 11:59pm MST

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Step 1

Create a single Adobe Acrobat (.PDF) document that includes the following components in this order:

  1. Cover letter that addresses your interest in the fellowship, your interest in Arizona State University and/or your interest in helping to build ASU as an innovative institution. Cover letter should also highlight examples of how you exhibit the qualities listed in the "Successful Candidates" section.

  2. Resume, including employment listed in month/year format (e.g. August 2005-July 2008), job title, job duties/accomplishments and name of employing organization for each position. Education should include the month and year each academic degree was received. If the degree has not yet been earned, list the anticipated graduation date. Resume should also include a reference to your superior academic achievement.

  3. Contact information for three professional references, including name, mailing address, phone number and email address for each.

  4. Respond to the following prompt: "In 300 words or less, describe the most innovative university process, practice or initiative that you have encountered."
  5. Writing sample demonstrating your skill in writing, critical thinking, analysis and synthesis of ideas/information. The applicant must be the sole author of the writing sample.

Email your completed application to with the subject "2018 Fellowship Application" by the deadline above. Be sure to remember application materials should clearly exhibit the qualifications listed in the “Eligibility and Qualifications” section.

Arizona State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. ASU conducts pre-employment screening which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses and certifications.


Step 2

Complete the required Fellowship in University Innovation survey. This survey is required to complete your Fellowship application. You will receive an email with the survey link upon completing Step 1.

UI Fellowship Overview

Where You’ll Work

The fellows are part of ASU’s Office of University Initiatives (UI) and get the chance to work in a very distinct intrapreneurial office culture. They spend time gaining a better understanding of university administration, institutional transformation, the role of higher education institutions and the development of meaningful university-wide programs. In addition, the fellows meet with ASU students, faculty, staff and community members to learn more about needs and opportunities within the university and community. Fellows make connections within and outside of ASU between people, projects and resources. View our UI 101 Handbook for an introduction on our office and our culture.


What You’ll Do

Examples of projects that fellows might conduct include:

  • developing a university-wide innovation campaign
  • working with organizations outside the university to build strategic partnerships
  • creating a publication that communicates examples of institutional innovation at ASU
  • advancing education entrepreneurship; developing grant proposals
  • working collaboratively to develop new tools for university impact



Fellows complete a 13-month placement in the Office of University Initiatives (July 16, 2018 - August 9, 2019).


Training and Support

In addition to working with ASU students, faculty and community members to better understand higher educational ecosystems and institutional transformation, incoming fellows work collaboratively with outgoing fellows during a one-month transition period in July. Incoming fellows will also have the opportunity to make connections within and outside of ASU between people, projects and resources. This inter- and intra-organizational collaboration helps fellows develop valuable cross-sector leadership skills and strategies.



The fellowship is a full-time position (40+ hours per week) with a competitive salary of $55,000-$70,000. Additional university benefits include health insurance, vacation and sick leave, paid holidays and reduced tuition. View additional benefits here.


Eligibility and Qualifications

Applications for the Fellowship in University Innovation are invited from those who:

  • Have completed any graduate program within the last 5 years or will be graduating Spring 2018
  • Are authorized to work in the United States (Applicants must be either a citizen of the United States or be able to maintain work authorization throughout the fellowship. Arizona State University does not offer visa sponsorship to candidates for the fellowship program.)
  • Are able to commit for the entire duration of the program


Successful Candidates

We seek candidates with a passion for re-designing higher education and utilize their unique talents to advance Arizona State University as a New American University. Successful candidates will exhibit the following qualities:

  • Ability to connect people, groups and organizations
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-motivation, teamwork-orientation and entrepreneurial spirit
  • Creative problem-solving skills, learning agility and ability to adapt to change
  • Experience in making adjustments to project strategy and implementation
  • Capacity to perform in a high-paced and sometimes ambiguous environment
  • Superior academic achievement



Throughout the year, fellows proactively participate in a myriad of projects that vary greatly in purpose and outcome. Through these varied experiences, fellows develop a diverse portfolio, a collaborative mindset and a comprehensive skill set that heightens their career opportunities. In the fashion of innovation, many fellows leverage this experience to create new positions that fill a gap at the institution. 

Alumni of the program held roles following the Fellowship such as:

  • Human Factors Specialist, IDEO, A Design and Innovation Consulting Firm
  • Director, Center for Science and the Imagination, ASU
  • Assistant Chief of Staff, ASU Foundation for a New American University
  • Entrepreneurship Catalyst, Office of University Initiatives, ASU
  • Manager, Sustainability Initiatives and Programs, Global Institute of Sustainability, ASU
  • Manager of Public Partnerships, Teach for America, Phoenix

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