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Rising Higher Education Leaders Fellowship

Gain expertise, learn professional skills, and build community with the next generation of higher education leaders and EAB experts.

EAB Strategic Advisory Services partners are invited to nominate one individual annually to participate in the Rising Higher Education Fellowship. This six-month, cohort-based experience aims to build community, develop a depth of expertise in the topics and issues that matter most to institutional strategy, and provide focused professional skills development from EAB industry experts.

Each fellow completes a capstone project on a topic of interest to their home institutions with the support of EAB resources, advancing a key institutional priority while building a network and community of practice.

Explore example issues fellows are tackling with their capstone projects

  • Developing pathways throughout the university to support lifelong learning
  • Measuring DEI through a campus-wide dashboard
  • Achieving our aspiration of becoming carbon neutral by 2042
  • Elevating the student voice in institutional decision-making
  • Operationalizing our strategic plan
  • Benchmarking our online and graduate tuition rates compared to our peers

Benefits for participating fellows and their institutions

  • Expertise development

    • Exposure to cross-cutting topics on the key issues facing higher education today
    • Opportunity to gain depth in a new topic or terrain beyond their functional role


    Topics include:

    • State of higher education
    • Funding the future
    • Organizational and governance structures


  • Professional skills cultivation

    • Development of relationship building, decision making, and change leadership
      skills that are essential to success for rising higher ed leaders


    Topics include:

    • Change management
    • Executive presence
    • Unconscious bias
  • Community building

    • A capstone project that pairs fellows working on similar strategic priorities
    • Structured networking sessions


    Topics include:

    • Capstone (see sample topics below)
    • Team-building activities
    • Kickoff and graduation event

Learn about what past fellows have accomplished

Fellows from past cohorts wrote a series of blog posts to share their experiences in the fellowship, the challenges they tackled in their capstone projects, and the EAB resources that helped them along the way.

Check out the 2020 Cohort Capstone Projects

Check out the 2021, 2022, and 2023 Cohort Capstone Projects

Who is eligible to participate?

  • Strategic Advisory Services partners and Strategic Advisory Services for Community Colleges partners may nominate one fellow annually to participate
  • Fellows should be faculty or staff with administrative roles at the director through associate/assistant dean/provost/vice president level (not current full deans, full vice presidents, or full provosts). Examples of current participants’ roles include:
    • Assistant Dean, College of Business Administration
    • Director, Human Resources
    • Faculty Senate President
    • Director, Growth Strategies
    • Associate Vice President, Academic Experience
  • Fellows should expect to dedicate approximately 10-15% of their time during the nine-month duration of the fellowship

We are currently not accepting nominations. Please contact your Strategic Leader for more information.