Resilience Fellows 

Building capacity and connections

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 2021 cohort.

 

Applications for the 2021 cohort closed at midnight on October 26, 2020

Benefits

$15,000 stipend to support research project

Training in media and communications

Rich opportunities to develop cross-sector partnerships and networking

Access to collaboration spaces within ASU upon request

Support from data visualization and analysis experts

Paideia Academy
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Academic Fellow
Jennifer Vanos

Designing natural playspaces for cooler, safer, more equitable schools.

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Community Fellow
Nate Smith

Fostering food security
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and empowering systems
for self-sufficiency.

Application process

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.


All submitted applications for the 2021 cohort are currently under revision.
Application-process

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 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?

Request for notification of future calls for applications may 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.