SCUP Fellows

Frequently Asked Questions

The SCUP Fellows program is designed to strengthen higher education leaders who seek to carry out new research that will benefit the integrated planning community.


Q: Who is eligible to apply?

Applicants must be full-time employees who work either in a college or university, or in a corporate sector that serves higher education, during their fellowship year. An applicant may also be a student while they are full-time employees. The program is open to both SCUP members and non-members.

Q: When does the application process open?

Online Submissions Open: November 18, 2019
Online Submissions Close: February 18, 2020 12:00 noon ET

All applications must be submitted online. Applicants will be notified of selection outcomes by March 18, 2020. Two applicants will be accepted for the 2020-2021 SCUP Fellows Program.

Q: How do I apply?

Please submit your application online. A worksheet with a preview of the application questions is available on the website. This may be helpful as you draft your responses offline before you complete the online questions.

Once you complete your online application, be sure to click the “submit application” button. You will receive an immediate email confirmation of your submission.

Q: When does the SCUP Fellows year begin?

The 2020-2021 SCUP Fellows term begins on May 1, 2020, and will conclude July 20, 2021. During the months of May and June 2019, we will familiarize SCUP Fellows with the association and share information about their projects. SCUP Fellows are matched with coaches from June through August.

General Fellows Questions

Q: What is required of a SCUP Fellow?

SCUP Fellow Project

SCUP Fellows initiate and complete the research project that was accepted in their SCUP Fellow application. Projects should contribute to SCUP’s knowledge base of integrated planning.

REQUIRED: The SCUP Fellow’s project journey and outcomes will be shared by a:

  • Midyear update to The SCUP Fund contributors and members.
  • Presentation at the 2021 SCUP Annual Conference at the conclusion of their term.
  • A five- to eight-page report or white paper summary of their project experience and outcomes within two months after the conclusion of their SCUP Fellow year. This will be published by SCUP, shared with SCUP’s constituency and will be a permanent record of their research.

SCUP Fellows may also choose to submit an article, viewpoint, or planning story to SCUP’s Planning for Higher Education journal or present their work at a SCUP regional conference or symposium.

Q: What kind of planning research interests SCUP?

Integrated planning builds relationships, aligns the institution, and emphasizes preparedness for change. It bridges institutional divisions so all efforts—from the president’s office to student affairs to academic departments to administrative units—work together to support an institution’s priorities, goals, and mission.
Below are some of the planning types our members engage in.

Through your research project, what new insights, best practices, or transformative direction could your research bring to higher education planners? How would your work impact higher education?

Applicants are encouraged to be creative and engage more than one area of a campus as they design their project.

Academic Planning
Campus Heritage/ Historic Preservation
Community Relations
Departmental/Unit Planning
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
Enrollment Planning
Environmental Sustainability
Campus Planning and Design
Governance and Leadership
Information Technology
Institutional Change Management
Institutional Effectiveness
Institutional Research
Integrated Planning
Landscape and Open Space
Learning Environments
Master/Campus Planning
Operational Planning
Performance Measurement/Benchmarking
Resource Planning
Risk/Crisis Management and Preparedness
Space Management/Utilization
Strategic Planning
Student Life and Student Affairs
Student Success

Review past SCUP Fellows research projects (On the SCUP Fellows page, click on the name of the SCUP Fellow to read their project details.)

Q: What do fellows receive through the SCUP Fellows Program?

  • Two years of SCUP membership.
  • Two conference registrations to the SCUP Annual Conference (1) Cleveland, July 19-21, 2020 and (2) Philadelphia, July 11-13, 2021.
  • Two nights of lodging for each of the two conferences, and two $750 stipends that can assist with travel, an additional hotel night, and expenses.
  • One registration to attend SCUP Planning Institute Foundations, Design, or Build.
  • Assigned SCUP member coaches during your SCUP Fellow year for information, guidance, and a touch-base for project milestones.
  • Executive briefings scheduled throughout the year (available to current and former SCUP Fellows) with insights on higher education planning from SCUP and other higher education leaders from various planning disciplines.
  • Fellowship within a community of higher education planning leaders who will build your experience and leadership skills

SCUP Fellows or their employer agree to cover expenses beyond that which the fellowship program provides.

Learn more about the current SCUP Fellows program.

The SCUP Fund

The SCUP Fellows program is solely supported by contributors’ gifts to The SCUP Fund. The SCUP Fund supports research and initiatives that drive innovative ideas and enterprising solutions for higher education viability and vitality. Learn more about The SCUP Fund.

If you have any questions about the application process or the SCUP Fellows Program, please contact Kathy Benton, SCUP,, or 734.669.3271.