Aspen Presidential Fellows FAQs

What does the Aspen Presidential Fellowship include?
The Fellowship consists of:
• Three, four-day residential seminars led by Aspen Institute and Stanford University faculty, as well as some of the nation’s top community college professionals and higher education experts;
• A capstone project that offers participants a structured process, with feedback from peers and mentors, for crafting and extending their own distinct presidential perspective on community college student success;
Mentorship from a nationally recognized current or former community college president who helps to draw connections across the seminars, capstone project, and participants’ own professional experiences.
What is the application process for the program?
Applicants will submit an application through the Fellowship’s online application system. Applications will be reviewed and scored by committees of current and former presidents and leaders. High scoring applications will be advanced to an interview round in the Spring, and final selection decisions will be announced in mid-April.
Do I have to work for a community college to be eligible?
No, you are not required to be employed at a community college in order to apply for the Aspen Fellowship. We encourage applicants from a variety of professional backgrounds, including: campus presidents, provosts, or vice presidents at a community college; senior administrators in other higher education institutions or K-12 systems; and executives from outside of education with deep commitment to ensuring students’ success.
How much does the program cost?
The cost of the Fellowship is $5,000 (includes lodging and onsite meals during each seminar). Fellows will be responsible for paying for and arranging travel to/from seminars. Limited financial aid is available to offset the Fellowship fee and travel costs; applications are available after selection.
How do I apply or nominate someone for the Fellowship?
Applications are now available for the 2019-2020 cohort. Aspen welcomes nominations for program applicants, and nominations can be completed any time by visiting the nomination page. Please note that you do not have to be nominated in order to apply for the Fellowship. All eligible applicants are welcome.
Contact us for more information.
Monica Clark, Senior Program Manager