CCPI-STEM Initiative: 2023-24 Fellows Program Application
The CCPI-STEM Fellows program, funded by the Advanced Technological Education program at the National Science Foundation, is designed to recognize and support community college faculty, administrators, and other individuals who aspire to provide leadership or support to community colleges to prepare a workforce educated in STEM-related technologies and skills.
The CCPI-STEM Fellows program will select individuals who are pursuing or beginning to pursue graduate degrees and engage in research related to STEM education and workforce development in community colleges. The Fellows will participate in professional development and mentoring activities to prepare them for future leadership roles in community colleges.
CCPI-STEM Fellows will be expected to present their research findings at appropriate events, publish their results, and share their research and its implications with the broader community. In addition, the Fellows will be expected to act as ambassadors and champions of the Advanced Technological Education program and mentor other college professionals.
To be considered for the CCPI-STEM Fellows program, an applicant must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- Hold an undergraduate degree, preferably in STEM or a related field
- Have three (3) years of full-time experience as a faculty, administrator, or staff in a community college, preferably in a STEM-related field, OR, three (3) years of full-time employment in a STEM-focused business, industry, or non-profit organization that is dependent upon education and training for skilled workers.
- Must either be already enrolled or plan to start during the Fall 2023 semester in a master’s or doctoral degree program at an accredited U.S. higher education institution with one of the following emphases:
- community college policy and leadership
- higher education administration
- STEM-focused education
- STEM-related workforce development policies or practices
- student affairs role focused on supporting student enrollment and success in STEM programs
- Intend to pursue research in STEM education and workforce development in community colleges
- Be willing to be a mentee of an administrative leader appointed by the CCPI-STEM project leadership team
The applicant must demonstrate interest and commitment to community college education and workforce development programs through their past professional activities.
TIMELINE FOR CCPI-STEM FELLOWS APPLICATION and SELECTION ACTIVITIES
For the 2023 cycle, Fellows Application Submission will be a two-step process.
- Step I – Expression of Interest Application: Deadline September 1, 2023
- Step II – Full Application: Deadline September 30, 2023
- Only invited applicants from Step I and otherwise invited applicants should apply.
SELECTION CALENDAR FOR STEP I APPLICATIONS
- Rolling screening and selection to be completed by October 30, 2023
SELECTION CALENDAR FOR STEP II APPLICATIONS
- Screen Fellows applications: to be completed by November 15, 2023
- Interview and select 5 CCPI-STEM Fellows: November 15 – November 30, 2023
- Accept and announce the selected CCPI-STEM Fellows: December 15, 2023
- Selected Fellows begin their assignment: January 15, 2024
- Connect Fellows with potential mentors: March 1, 2024
FELLOWS APPLICATION SHOULD INCLUDE
- Contact Information
- Citizenship Information
- Demographic Information
- Academic and Work Background
- Proposed Graduate Degree Program and Institution
- Statement on “Why you want to be considered for the CCPI-STEM Fellows program.”
- CV / Resume
- Statement on your activities and actions to support and expand diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in STEM
- Statement on the value of leadership to advance and accomplish projects
- Letter of Support to participate in the Fellows program from the immediate supervisor
- Two Letters of Reference
APPLICANTS ARE ADVISE TO PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE APPLICATION EVALUATION PROCESS DESCRIBED BELOW
- Educational Background: Suitability of educational preparation for undertaking research on STEM education and/or workforce development.
- Experience: Demonstrated success in your role in a community college, which could be as a classroom instructor, student support professional, researcher, administrator, or staff, or as a STEM professional in a nom-academic environment.
- Leadership Potential: Traits and demonstrated examples of the potential for leadership or supporting role in community colleges.
- STEM Leadership Potential: Prior engagement in STEM-related activities
- STEM DEI Engagement: Prior engagement in promoting or supporting diversity, inclusion, or equity in STEM in the community, region, or nationally.
FELLOWS SUPPORT: Selected fellows will be provided an honorarium of $5,000 annually for two years. Second-year support is contingent on satisfactory progress in the first year.
APPLICATION SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS
- Criteria and application process details about the Fellows Program is available at https://www.ccpi-stem.org/2023-fellows-application/
- The online Expression of Interest Application for STEP I is available here and under the APPLICATION CALENDAR section above.
- The online Full Application for STEP II here and under the APPLICATION CALENDAR section above.
- The Letter of Support must be submitted with the STEP II application; however, the Letters of Reference may be sent directly to the Fellows Program Coordinator, Dr. Ashok Agrawal, at Ashok@AgrawalAdvisory.com.
For questions contact Dr. Ashok Agrawal at Ashok@AgrawalAdvisory.com.
The Fellowship is funded by the Advanced Technological Education program at the National Science Foundation (Grant # 2132510).