Fellowships

The 2022 Call for Applications is now open!

Applications are due at midnight on  October 15, 2021 via email to resilience@asu.edu.

Through a 12-month fellowship program, representatives from both the community and university come together to share knowledge, discover gaps or opportunities, and respond to challenges. Fellows conduct individual and collaborative research focused on FUSE resilience themes. To encourage collaboration and knowledge-exchange, fellows meet weekly for six months and transition to monthly meetings for the fellowship's remainder. Approximately twelve fellows will be chosen for the 2022 cohort. 

Benefits

  • $15,000 stipend to support research project

  • Rich opportunities to develop cross-sector partnerships and networking

  • Data visualization and analysis experts

  • Media and communications training

  • Access to collaboration spaces within ASU upon request

Application Process (3 requirements)

Overview

Please carefully review all three required materials. 

The final application should be sent in an email format. Applicants must include full names, contact information, and email addresses for both themselves and their supervisor or employer.

Review the tabs for detailed information: 

  1. Resume
  2. Project and Intent Statement
  3. Agreement Documentation 

Applications are due October 15 via email to resilience@asu.edu 

1. Resume

A brief 2-page resume highlighting experience and qualifications and any special skills relating to community resilience and/or exchanging knowledge. 

2. Project Statement

Concise statement explaining (a) the reason the applicant desires to participate in the fellowship, including (b) identification of the project idea and how it builds community resilience at a systems level, under one or more of the FUSE themes, (c) how the funding support would be proposed to be used, and (d) one personal learning or professional development objective.

3. Agreement Documentation

A letter or email from the department level supervisor indicating agreement with the use of the fellowship stipend in the applicant’s submission. Emails can be sent with the application or directly to resilience@asu.edu.

Examples of fellowship projects

FAQ

What are the eligibility requirements for KER fellows?

The KER fellowship is a mixed cohort of academic and community fellows. During the application process, potential candidates will need to meet either the academic or community fellowship classification requirements to be eligible for the program.

The full requirements are listed below: 

Academic Fellow

  • Successful academic fellow applicants may be tenure-track or non-tenure-track professors at any level (assistant, associate, or full), scholars with instructor or research appointments, or post-doctoral research associates in any discipline.

  • Graduate or undergraduate students are not eligible.

  • Eligible applicants may be affiliated with any department, school, or research center across all Arizona State University campuses in Maricopa County.

Community Fellow

  • Successful community partner applicants should be employed by any of the following types of institutions: non-profit organization, local and regional municipality, government agency, philanthropic, non-governmental or religious entities.

  • Private sector business applicants may be considered if the enterprise's primary mission relates to a proposed community resilience theme or solutions space.

  • Sole proprietors or unaffiliated entrepreneurs are not eligible.

  • Community partner applicants should have sufficient experience, stature, or permissions in their home institution to enable substantive collaboration, whether through data exchange, access to institutional programming, or relationships with beneficiaries. They should also have sufficient opportunity for future implementation of the benefits of participation in the fellowship program to accrue to fellows and their home institutions. 

What is the difference between an academic and community fellow?

The only difference between community and academic fellows is the classification based on their home organization. Both types of fellows receive program benefits and will be placed in the same fellowship cohort under the general name KER fellows. 

What criteria is used for selection? 

A heavy emphasis is placed on the proposed project and the potential to contribute knowledge to strengthen community resilience and bridge academics, practitioners, and the public. The project must focus on a topic within the FUSE framework.

Three additional criteria include: 

  • the individual applicant’s potential to contribute to insights, actions, or solutions related to a specific social, economic and/or environmental resilience context as proposed in the application
  • the merit of a proposed idea to advance understanding on community resilience broadly and systematically
  • the possibility for innovative creation and/or use of data, including participatory methods to support the exchange of knowledge as part of synergies of a selected cohort of academic and community fellows for 2022. 

These factors are considered along with meeting the eligibility criteria for an academic or community fellow classification. 

How is the funding allocated?

The $15,000 award for research can be used to support project needs in many ways. Examples of funding allocation for academic and community fellows is below. 

Academic - funding support type will be determined in coordination with the department to: 

  • Pay for summer salary
  • Employ a research assistant for one semester
  • Cover costs of data acquisition
  • Coordinate local travel, supplies, open access publication fees, or a combination of those. 

The funds are proposed by the fellow and agreed upon by their director or chair.

Community - fellows can work with KER up to 19.5 hours per week. Their home institutions will agree to allow for a reduction in workload to accommodate the fellowship.

  • Their home institution will receive up to 49% of their current salary to permit time release to the project, allowing the fellow to keep the full salary and fringe benefits of their present employer.
  • Funding may also cover operating expenses for data acquisition, local travel, supplies, or open access publication fees.

What is the time commitment?

The 12-month program design features a six-month phase for discovery and knowledge exchange, followed by another six months for project implementation. 

  • January – June: Fellows will attend weekly cohort meetings during the first six months, where they'll receive guidance from the KER Executive Director and team to develop, revise, and establish driving project questions. 

  • July – December: Fellows will attend monthly cohort meetings. During this period, fellows will test, refine, and implement projects within the community and university. 

COVID-19 Update: The meetings' format may be in person or virtual based on university guidance and specific health-related contexts.

What are the final expectations of the fellowship?

Fellows will produce and present three deliverables by the end of the fellowship period. 

  1. An analysis of the community resilience question
  2. A creative deliverable, such as a data dashboard, an organization roadmap, or a manuscript draft intended for submission to an academic journal or community practitioner white paper. 
  3. Comprehensive summary submitted to KER staff that includes data, insights, outcomes, and contributions for public distribution. 

What is the timeline after I submit my application?

  • Notifications of Selection - early November 2021 
  • Public Announcement - December 2021 
  • Fellowship Period Begins - late January 2022 
  • Project Implementation Begins - no later than July 2022
  • Capstone Event and Showcase - November 2022
  • Fellowship Period Ends - December 31, 2022

Who can I contact with further questions?

Applications should be sent by email to resilience@asu.edu.  Other inquiries may be addressed to Dr. Patricia Solís, Executive Director, at patricia.solis@asu.edu or Dr. Elizabeth Wentz, Director, at wentz@asu.edu.