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The Social Innovation Fellowship at ASU is designed to engage early- and mid-career policy-makers, analysts, technologists, engineers, researchers, communicators, writers, designers and leaders in generating and advancing big ideas in service of ASU's Charter and our office's mission to expand access to educational and economic opportunity.
As part of the Office of Applied Innovation, Fellows work entrepreneurially across ASU to advance projects and partnerships at ASU and with our communities. Learn more about our team here.
Over 13 months, fellows will develop their own diverse project portfolio, leveraging a collaborative mindset and comprehensive skill set that helps them identify and apply emerging scientific, technological, policy and design innovations to expand access to educational and economic opportunity.
Fellows pay attention to trends at ASU, in Arizona, and across the nation to identify problems on which they want to work and where Applied Innovation can add value.
Fellows learn from and contribute to a set of tools, mindsets and practices that help our team create actionable, successful initiatives.
Fellows work collaboratively with influential changemakers in higher education and the community, including a growing base of fellowship alumni.
Fellows are part of an interdisciplinary team that recognizes the significance of higher education’s place at the nexus of economic, social and political forces. They work at that intersection, building partnerships and cross-sector collaborations across the university and the community.
Fellows lead research and analysis projects to bolster our knowledge of complex social challenges. They also leverage and enhance their writing skills through rapid development of research write-ups and grant proposals to advance new ideas and initiatives.
Fellows are supported personally and professionally as they advance in careers based on transformative thinking around access to education and economic opportunity. They also have opportunities to learn from subject matter experts and other professionals in the areas they are most passionate about.
In response to local, state, or national issues, fellows design, build and launch their own new initiatives and partnerships, collaborate with university leaders, and support institutional innovation.
Fellows spend a significant amount of their time working semi-autonomously or in partnership with one another to develop their own portfolio of projects during the fellowship. They identify problems and opportunities, conduct background research and partnership development, and design and initiate their own projects and programs with plans for transitioning them to a sustainable, permanent home at ASU or beyond. Fellows provide our office and ASU with the expanded capacity, diverse perspectives, and dedicated time and space required for constant ideation, incubation, and iteration. The fellowship’s central positioning at ASU allows for the flexibility to pursue ideas and partnerships that span the enterprise at all levels.
Fellows have previously worked on a wide range of projects, including:
Fellows work within a distinct entrepreneurial and collaborative office culture; they spend time gaining a better understanding of the role of higher education institutions in serving their communities, as well as developing and advancing innovative new ideas at a rapid pace. In addition, fellows consistently meet and collaborate with ASU students, faculty, staff, and community members to learn more about needs and opportunities within the university and community.
The fellowship is a full-time position (40+ hours per week) with a competitive salary starting at $55,000 and upwards, commensurate with experience. Additional university benefits include health insurance, generous vacation and sick leave, paid holidays and reduced tuition. View additional benefits here.
Applications for the Social Innovation Fellowship are invited from those who:
The Office of Applied Innovation seeks candidates with a passion for improving the well-being of the communities around them and who wish to apply their unique talents to advance Arizona State University’s charter and the institution’s goals of expanding access to educational and economic opportunity. Successful candidates will exhibit the following qualities:
Please review the full application instructions here. The deadline for 2022 will be shared in Feb./March 2022.
Cover letter that addresses your interest in the fellowship. Your cover letter must address your interest in our Office and in Arizona State University. Your cover letter should also highlight examples of how you exhibit the qualities listed in the “Eligibility and Qualifications” section above.
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.
Contact information for three professional references, including name, phone number and email address for each.
Response, in writing, to the following prompt: Describe a compelling example of how scientific, technological, policy, and/or design innovations have been used to induce positive social outcomes; examples can be from your personal or professional experience, or those you’ve observed. (Limit response to 300 words or fewer).
Writing sample demonstrating your skill in writing, critical thinking, analysis and synthesis of ideas/information (please limit writing sample to 10 pages or fewer).
Be sure to remember application materials should clearly exhibit the qualifications listed in the “Eligibility and Qualifications” section above.
This form is required to complete your Fellowship application. This form will be emailed to you after you complete Steps 1 and 2.
The following 2022 timeline is meant to provide a general idea of our typical process and is subject to change.