SCUP Fellows Program

Building Emerging Leaders in Higher Education Planning

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Who is eligible to apply?

SCUP Fellow applicants must be full-time employees of a college or university. They may also be students while they are fully employed.

Q: When does the application process open?

Online Submissions Open: November 9, 2017
Online Submissions Close: January 31, 2018

All applications must be submitted online. Applicants will be notified of selection outcomes by March 31, 2017. One to two applicants will be accepted for the 2018 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 out the responses to the online questions.

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

Q: When does the SCUP Fellows year begin?

The 2018-19 SCUP Fellows term will formerly begin on July 1, 2018, and will conclude on July 15, 2019. During the months of April, May, and June 2018 we will familiarize SCUP Fellows with the association and we match them to a SCUP member coach.

General Fellows Questions

Q: What is required of a SCUP Fellow?

SCUP Fellow Project

SCUP Fellows initiate and complete a research project of their choosing that has a focus on some aspect of higher education planning during their project year. Projects should contribute to SCUP’s knowledge base of integrated planning.

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

  • Mid-year update to SCUP Annual Fund contributors and membership.
  • Presentation at the 2019 SCUP Annual Conference at the conclusion of their term.
  • Two-page report or white paper at the conclusion of their project that will be shared with SCUP members 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 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. Fellows are encouraged to be creative and engage more than one are of a campus as they design their project.

Academic Planning
Campus Heritage/ Historic Preservation
Community Relations/Town-Gown
Enrollment Planning
Facilities Planning and Design
Governance and Leadership
Information Technology
Institutional Change Management
Institutional Effectiveness
Institutional Research
Landscape and Open Space
Learning Environments
Master/Campus Planning
Operational Planning
Performance Measurement/Benchmarking
Project Management/Delivery
Resource Planning
Risk/Crisis Management & Preparedness
Space Management/Utilization
Strategic Planning
Student: Student Life, Student Affairs

Visit the SCUP's Fellow page for topic examples of previously accepted research projects.

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

  • Two years of SCUP membership.
  • Two conference registrations to the SCUP Annual Conference (1) Nashville, TN, July 14-17, 2018 and (2) Seattle, WA, July 13–16, 2019.
  • Two nights of lodging for each of the two conferences, and two $750 stipends that can assist with SCUP program travel and expenses.
  • One registration to attend SCUP Planning Institute 1, or Planning Institute 2 if you have already participated in 1.
  • Assigned SCUP member coach 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 planners who will build your experience and leadership skills.

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