2021-2022 Social Innovation Fellowship at Arizona State University
2021-2022 Social Innovation Fellowship at Arizona State University
The Social Innovation Fellowship at Arizona State University (ASU) is designed to
engage early- and mid-career leaders, communicators, analysts, writers, researchers, designers, engineers, technologists, policy-makers, and others in generating and advancing big ideas to transform higher education institutions andthe communities they serve. As part of the Office of Applied Innovation, Fellows work entrepreneurially across ASU to advance projects in service of our
office mission and the ASU charter.
Over 13 months, fellows will develop their own diverse project portfolio, leveraging
a collaborative mindset and comprehensive skill set to identify and apply
emerging scientific, technological, policy and design innovations to expand
access to educational and economic opportunity. Fellows spend a significant
amount of their time working in partnership with one another or
semi-autonomously 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 elsewhere. 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.
The fellows are part of ASU’s Office of Applied Innovation and work directly with
the leader of that office (see bios here). 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. This inter- and intra-organizational
collaboration helps fellows develop and hone valuable cross-sector leadership
skills and strategies.
Arizona State University has become a New American University, focused on access,
excellence and impact in everything we do; measured not by who we exclude, but
rather by who we include and how they succeed; pursuing research for the public
good; and taking responsibility for the social, economic and cultural vitality
of our surrounding communities. Given ASU’s size (more than 120,000 students
and more than 17,000 faculty and staff), projects developed by the fellows have
the potential to be brought to scale through collaborative efforts both
internal and external to the university. For the sixth consecutive year, ASU is
ranked #1 most innovative university in the country by U.S. News & World
Fellows complete a 13-month placement in the Office of Applied Innovation (August 9, 2021 – September 2, 2022). Outgoing and incoming fellows will work collaboratively during a one-month transition period. The fellowship is full-time (40+ hours per week) with a salary of $55,000 - 75,000, commensurate with experience. Benefits include health insurance, vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, reduced tuition, and more.
Eligibility and Qualifications:
Applications for the Fellowship in Social Innovation are invited from those who:
●Are able to commit for the entire duration of the program;
●Are authorized to work in the United States (Applicants must be either a citizen
of the United States or be able to maintain work authorization throughout the
fellowship. Arizona State University does not offer visa sponsorship to
candidates for the fellowship program.)
●Having completed any graduate program within the last seven years or graduating
in Spring 2021.
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:
●Ability to quickly establish working relationships, making connections between
people, groups, ideas and organizations;
●Outstanding written and verbal communication skills;
●Entrepreneurial spirit, self-directed, and comfortable with proposing one’s own
●Teamwork-orientation and a willingness to learn through collaboration;
●Experience identifying problems and designing and launching related
●Creative problem-solving skills, learning agility and ability to adapt to
●Comfort working with emerging technologies and their economic/social
●Experience in making adjustments to project strategy and implementation;
●Capacity to perform in a fast-paced environment;
●Superior academic achievement.
How to Apply:
The deadline to apply is Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. MST.
Step 1: Create a single Adobe Acrobat (.PDF) document that includes the following components in this order:
1. Cover letter that addresses your interest in the fellowship and 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.
2.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.
3.Contact information for three professional references, including name, phone
number and email address for each.
4.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
5.Writing sample demonstrating your skill in writing, critical thinking, analysis
and synthesis of ideas/information (please limit writing sample to 10 pages or
2: Email your completed application to email@example.com with the subject "2021Fellowship Application" by the deadline. Be sure to remember application materials should clearly exhibit the qualifications listed in the “Eligibility and Qualifications” section above.
Step 3: Complete the required Fellowship in Social Innovation form. This form is required to complete your Fellowship application. This form will be emailed to you after you complete Step 1.
Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.
https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html Title IX Statement: ttps://www.asu.edu/titleIX/.
Fellowship Contact: Please visit http://appliedinnovation.asu.edu/fellowship for
additional details about the Social Innovation Fellowship.
Arizona State University
Office of Applied Innovation
300 E. University Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85281
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