The CSI is a semester-long fellowship for high-performing graduate students to prepare them for creative scholarship in academia and impactful leadership in society. The program commences with a mandatory one-week immersive institute followed by regular workshops and a culminating full-day symposium.
Through a series of hands-on workshops and immersive experiences, the Creative Scholarship Institute equips graduate students with the skill sets and mindsets to succeed both at Lehigh University and in their chosen career paths. The program commences with a week-long immersion experience that covers a range of topics essential to their personal and professional development as productive scholars, pro-active innovators, and engaged citizens. Fellows will participate in a series of six roundtables across the semester to share experiences and develop new skills and conclude with a day-long immersive symposium and celebratory dinner. The overarching goal of this cohort-based program is to help graduate students thrive at the happy intersection between their personal goals and professional aspirations in a complex and rapidly-changing world of work. The Office of Creative Inquiry will partner with the Office of Graduate Student Life and the Center for Career and Professional Development to offer this symposium as a pilot in 2019, beginning with a week-long intensive in August followed by roundtables and final symposium in the fall semester.
- Fellows expand their toolkits for identifying and prioritizing research questions, pursuing scholarly agendas while navigating the university system, and articulating their work (and the value of their work) to diverse audiences.
- Fellows develop critical capacities--mindsets, skill sets, and vocabularies--needed to excel in diverse careers across industry, government, non-profits and more. Fellows engage in meaningful reflection about the place and value of their discipline in the world, how they fit in it, and how they might contribute to it.
- Fellows meet regularly for roundtable panel discussions to promote the participants' professional development, intellectual growth, and leadership skills. The objective is to help fellows develop a critical self-awareness of personal and intellectual strengths and learn how to play build on those strengths to pursue lives of impact, in whatever way they define that term.
- Fellows receive a $500 innovation fund.
- Half-day externship with key university leaders (tentative).
- Attend the one-week immersive experience and the concluding boot camp in its entirety. No exceptions.
- Participate in at least five of the six roundtables.
- Identify and pursue a new professional opportunity over a semester and present it in a TED-style talk at the closing symposium.
Selection and Eligibility
Fellows will be selected by a faculty/administrator panel in accordance with the larger goals of the program. Preference will be given to graduate students who have completed their Ph.D. coursework or passed their Ph.D. qualifying examinations. Applications are due no later than 11:59pm EST on April 1, 2019.
- Lehigh email
2) Degree Information
- Major/degree program
- Current status/progress towards degree (proposal, ABD, still in coursework)
- Candidacy exam status
- Current GPA
- Name/Email of PhD advisor
3) Research area - what is your current area of research focus?
4) Essay (< 1000 words)
- How do you envision leading a life of impact? How do you think participating in the Creative Scholarship Institute will help you reach your personal and professional goals?
5) Upload current detailed CV
6) Upload letter of recommendation from PhD advisor, commenting specifically on the following as related to the student applicant:
- Leadership potential
- Communication skills, ability to work with others
- Intellectual flexibility/openness to new ideas
- How would the CSI benefit their academic progress and future career plans
Applications due: April 1, 2019
Awardees informed by: May 1, 2019
The one-week symposium will be held from August 19-23, 2019.
Day 1: Introductions/Goals and Expectations of the Program/Getting Started
AM. Finding the "Right Question"
PM. Intro to collaborative research: setting it up and maintaining it
Day 2: Creativity and Innovation
AM. Creativity techniques
PM. Applying to your nascent project
Day 3: Developing Projects
AM: Finding funding/crafting proposals
PM: Practice and feedback
Day 4: Communicating Your Research
AM: Storytelling, professional conversations, pitching
PM: Getting published both formally and informally, media, social media
Day 5: Understanding Self, Colleagues, Academic Culture
AM: Learning the institution
PM: Overcoming imposter syndrome, procrastination, and cultivating successful mentor relationships
Roundtables across the semester – possible topics:
1. Inclusive Excellence
2. Academic Leadership
3. Ethics and Integrity
4. Career Pathways - Academe and Beyond
5. Negotiating and resolving conflicts
6. Workshop: Giving a TED-style talk - media training - 5 prompts, 5 minutes, how to practice and prepare etc.
Culminating Symposium Schedule – to be held December 2019 or January 2020
Morning: Panels on academic success and excellence
Afternoon: Closing Presentations (TED talks) from all Fellows on how they are and will lead lives of impact.
Evening: Celebratory dinner