How To Apply

Have you been thinking about how to make a difference in the world beyond your discipline? Do you enjoy engaging with people in other disciplines and in your community? Do you want to join a life-long, diverse professional community that shares these values? If so, we hope you will apply for ELISS!

We are now accepting applications for the class of 2016 from graduate and professional students at five campuses. To receive an application, click the appropriate link below to complete a 5-minute eligibility check by June 28:


To be considered for ELISS, all applicants must:

  • Be enrolled full time in a graduate or professional program at an ELISS partner campus through at least the first quarter or semester of 2017
  • Commit to full participation in all components of the ELISS program
  • Commit to being physically present on one’s home campus during the program

Both U.S. and non–U.S. citizens and students from all disciplines - including professional degree programs, social and natural science, engineering, humanities, and the arts - are encouraged to apply.

Application Timeline

  • Step 1: Confirmation of Eligibility (Due: May 10, June 8, and June 28, 2015)
    • The Confirmation of Eligibility step opens for campuses as they confirm partnership with ELISS. If you are a student at an established partner campus or one of our new invitees, please wait for your campus-specific application link.
    • Eligible candidates will receive a link to the written application within 5 days after each deadline.
  • Step 2: Written Application (Due: July 19, 2015)
  • Step 3: Obtain Supervisor Approval (August 18 - August 28, 2015)
  • Step 4: In-person Interviews on campuses (September 8 - September 18, 2015)
  • Step 5: Sign Participation Agreement (finalists notified by the end of September have one week to decide)

Selection Criteria

The ELISS review committee will evaluate applications based on the following selection criteria:

Leadership Potential

  • Ability to develop and organize projects and people toward positive outcomes
  • Strong interpersonal skills (e.g., listening and speaking effectively, self-awareness, empathy, conflict resolution) 
  • Takes initiative to solve problems that affect one’s work place and/or community
  • Skilled at acquiring information, connections, and resources to make things happen

Commitment to Collaborative & Interdisciplinary Approaches

  • Works well in diverse teams
  • Able to communicate complex concepts clearly to many different audiences
  • Interested in issues that cross the boundaries of disciplines and the walls of the university

Commitment to Service

  • A demonstrated interest and passion for serving society beyond one’s own discipline 
  • Willingness to go out of one’s way to help others
  • Highly motivated to engage with members of one’s community

Adaptability & Openness

  • Committed to testing ideas and assumptions, considering multiple perspectives, and challenging one’s own opinions
  • Comfortable with some risk and uncertainty, taking action without having the full picture, revising plans to better advance goals
  • Willing to take different roles as a situation demands

Scholarly & Professional Success

  • Evidence of high quality scholarship and/or research and coursework
  • Above average progress toward mastery of a discipline 
  • Dedicated to doing one’s best in scholarly and/or professional work

Commitment to Fellowship Objectives & Opportunities

  • Personal interest in expanding one’s skill–set beyond one’s graduate or professional degree program
  • Commitment to personal growth resulting from exposure to various views and environments
  • Commitment to devote the time to be successful both as an ELISS fellow and in one’s graduate or professional program

In addition to individual merit, the ELISS review committee will consider the representation of skills, disciplines, experiences, and perspectives in the overall cohort of fellows.