SCUP Fellows Program

Building Emerging Leaders in Higher Education Planning

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Who is eligible to apply?

Eligible applicants must be affiliated with a college or university, either as a student, employee, or both. International applicants are welcome to apply. New! There are no age restrictions on applicants.

Q: When does the application process open?

Online Submissions Open: November 21, 2016
Online Submissions Close: January 31, 2017

All applications must be submitted online. Applicants will be notified of selection outcomes by March 31, 2017.

Q: When does the SCUP Fellows year begin?

The SCUP Fellows year will begin on July 1, 2017 and will conclude on July 15, 2018. SCUP Fellow projects must be completed by March 31, 2017 to prepare for presentation at SCUP’s annual conference.

General Fellows Questions

Q: What is required of a SCUP Fellow?

SCUP Fellow Project

During their SCUP Fellow project year, fellows execute the project that they outlined in their SCUP Fellow application. They are assigned a SCUP member mentor who serves as a resource throughout their project and facilitates the Fellow’s engagement within the organization.

The learning outcomes from the project are delivered in these formats:

  • Presentation of the research project at the annual conference during a SCUP Fellows co-presentation.
  • A white paper or two-page summary that includes an overview of the research experience, the personal learning that the SCUP Fellow experienced; and the walk-away lessons that will inform the practice of higher education planning.
  • Optional: Submit an article, viewpoint, or planning story to SCUP’s Planning for Higher Education journal on what was learned through the project and the lessons for planners.

Q: How are SCUP Fellows Selected?

Members of SCUP’s Professional Development Committee (PDC) select SCUP Fellows. PDC members look for research projects that will bring a fresh perspective to higher education planning. Projects that address academic planning or institutional effectiveness are especially encouraged this year.

Q: What kind of planning interests SCUP?

Projects should contribute to SCUP’s knowledge base of integrated planning. Integrated planning builds relationships, aligns the institution, and emphasizes preparedness for change. It bridges institutional divisions so that 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. Fellows are encouraged to be creative and cross planning disciplines as they design their research project.

Academic Planning International Campuses
Accreditation Landscape and Open Space
Adaption/Redevelopment Learning Environments
Campus Heritage/ Historic Preservation Master/Campus Planning
Collaborations/Partnerships New Campus
Community Relations/Town-Gown Operational Planning
Enrollment Planning Performance Measurement/Benchmarking
Facilities Planning Project Management/Delivery
Facilities Design Resource Planning
Libraries Risk/Crisis Management & Preparedness
Governance and Leadership Signage/Wayfinding
Information Technology Space Management/Utilization
Institutional Change Management Strategic Planning
Institutional Effectiveness Student: Student Life, Student Affairs
Institutional Research Transportation/Parking

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

  • One year of membership in SCUP (July 2017–July 2018) during their SCUP Fellow year
  • Two SCUP annual conference registrations (SCUP–52 July 2017 (Washington, D.C.) & SCUP–53 July 2018 (Nashville, TN)
  • Two $500 travel stipends to the annual, international conferences (SCUP–52 July 2017 & SCUP–53 July 2018)
  • One registration to attend SCUP Planning Institute I, or Planning Institute II if the individual has already participated in I.
  • An assigned mentor during the SCUP Fellows year for support, information, and 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.

SCUP Fellows (or their employers) agree to cover their own expenses beyond that which the fellowship program provides.