2022 AAHHE Graduate Student Fellows Program

The 2022 AAHHE Graduate Student Fellows Program is now closed.

The AAHHE Graduate Student Fellows Program’s (GSFP) primary goal is to prepare Latina/o/x doctoral scholars for successful careers in academia; the GSFP also provides support to Latina/o/x scholars interested in pursuing careers within administration and policy in post-secondary education. Towards this end, program sub-goals include to:

  1. Provide strategies to assist scholars in achieving their educational and professional goals
  2. Provide constructive feedback on graduate student fellows’ research
  3. Build community and network with other Latina/o/x scholars

To be considered, applicants must a) be a Latina/o/x and/or Hispanic enrolled in a doctoral program; b) aspire to enter post-secondary professoriate and/or administration and c) exhibit a track record of service to the Latina/o/x and/or Hispanic community.  Upon acceptance into the program, Graduate Student Fellows are required to become AAHHE active members ($50).
AAHHE Graduate Student Fellows are required to attend and actively participate in all GSFP events. The GSFP will begin in late September 2021 with a virtual welcome/orientation followed by bi-monthly webinars held October 2021 through March 2022. A comprehensive list of GSFP webinar dates and times will be included in the selection letter.  The 2022 Graduate Student Fellows will receive complimentary conference registration to the AAHHE National Conference in March 2022. Please note:  the 2021-2022 AAHHE Graduate Student Fellowship Program will take place entirely online.
Important Dates
Application portal opens                                         April 2, 2021
Applications due                                                     July 2, 2021
Notifications sent                                                    by August 31, 2021
Program acceptance confirmations due                 September 13, 2021
GS Fellows Program starts                                    September 24, 2021
GS Fellows Program ends                                     March 2022

How to Apply

  1. Applicants are required to complete an application form via the AAHHE submissions portal no later than Friday July 2, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. EST.
  2. The following additional requirements of a Statement of Interest, Academic Research Statement, Pre ABDs, ABDs and Curriculum vitae should be uploaded as ONE PDF at the end of the online application no later than Friday July 2, 2021 by11:59 p.m. EST.
    1. Statement of Interest addressing the following five questions. The statement should be a maximum of two single-spaced pages with no more than 1,000 words. Statements of interest that do not address these questions within the word limit will not be considered.
      1. Why are you interested in participating in the AAHHE 2022 Graduate Student Fellowship Program?
      2. How would the AAHHE GSFP help your professional development in ways that are not already happening?
      3. How do your future career goals align with the mission and values of AAHHE and the Graduate Student Fellowship Program?
      4. How do you feel your interests and experiences might enable you to contribute to a national cohort of colleagues and the AAHHE membership community as a whole?
      5. How do you plan to give back to your field or area of practice upon earning your doctoral degree?
    2. Academic Research Statement of no more than 500 words, including the following:
    3. Statement of previous research and scholarly productivity (Pre ABDs)
    4. Dissertation Abstract, Intellectual Merit, and broader impacts (ABDs)
    5. Curriculum vitae
  3. Applicants should secure one letter of support from an advisor, supervisor, or faculty member for the application. The letter should be written by a former advisor, supervisor, or faculty colleague, who can attest to your scholarly and teaching abilities, as well as indicate why participation in the Graduate Student Fellows Program would be of benefit to you. Additional letters will not be considered. In the online application form, you’ll have the opportunity to provide the name and email of the person who will submit a letter of support for your application.  The letter of recommendation will be uploaded by your recommender via a separate link. Please provide the recommender with the following link https://aahhe.memberclicks.net/aahhe-2022-gsfp-recommendations for them to upload their letter of support (in PDF format) no later than Friday July 2, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. EST.

Selection Process
Each application is reviewed and evaluated by a minimum of two graduate and/or faculty fellows program alumni using an evaluation rubric. If there are inconsistencies between the two evaluations, the application will be reviewed a third time by an additional reviewer. The selection of the final GSFP cohort is completed by the GSFP Leadership Team in consultation with the AAHHE Board Liaisons. Diversity of gender identity, race/ethnicity, institutional type, and field of discipline are all taken into consideration when selecting the final cohort. 
Program Requirements

As an AAHHE Graduate Student Fellow, you will:

  • Become an AAHHE active member (graduate student; $50 investment) by September 13, 2021.
  • Submit your digital professional headshot photo and a 200 maximum word count biography via a Word document in Arial, 12-point font by September 13, 2021 via the AAHHE submission portal.
  • Sign and submit the AAHHE Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) NO LATER than September 13, 2021 (5:00pm PST).
  • Participate in ALL required Graduate Student Fellows Programming.
  • Complete a Holistic Academic Support Plan by the conclusion of the GF program.
  • Complete all program evaluation surveys.
  • Submit a one-page reflection article. Submission guidelines will be provided at the start of the program.
  • Make a commitment to AAHHE’s mission and vision and support the continuance of the various programs and events by volunteering, organizing, and/or leading future AAHHE programs and events.

If you have any questions about the application process or the AAHHE Graduate Student Fellows Program, please contact 2022 Graduate Student Fellows Program Chairperson Luis F. Avilés González at [email protected], AAHHE Board Liaison Dr. Aurora Kamimura at [email protected] or visit the program's webpage at https://www.aahhe.org/graduate-fellows-program.


Revised October 3, 2021