How To Apply

We are not currently accepting applications for the ELISS fellowship.  Please check back for updates regarding the class of 2015 application process.

Eligibility: To be considered for an ELISS fellowship, all applicants must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree at the time of application
  • Commit to full participation in all components of the ELISS program
  • Be enrolled full time in a graduate or professional program at an ELISS partner campus for the duration of the program
  • Commit to being physically present on applicant’s home campus during the fellowship year.

Both U.S. and non–U.S. citizens and students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Click here for additional information regarding eligibility requirements.

Selection Criteria: 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.


  • Ability to develop and organize projects and people toward positive outcomes
  • Commitment to collaboration and working toward a common goal as part of a team with a wide range of experiences and skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and high emotional intelligence
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, particularly with people outside one’s own field

Dedication & Initiative to Serve the Greater Good

  • A demonstrated interest and passion for serving society (e.g., blog entries or news stories, public engagement projects, volunteer experience, etc.)
  • Demonstrated initiative to solve problems that affect one’s work place and/or community

Scholarly & Professional Accomplishment

  • Evidence of academic achievement in scholarship/research and coursework
  • Recognition and/or awards relating to scholarly and professional pursuits

Problem–Solving Abilities

  • Committed to testing ideas and assumptions with evidence and considering multiple perspectives
  • Interested in overcoming impasses to problem solving by creatively reframing problems or expanding the solution space
  • Open–minded, inquisitive, and willing to revise one’s opinion based on new evidence

Commitment to Fellowship Objectives & Opportunities

  • Interdisciplinary and/or collaborative experience beyond the scope of one’s own field
  • Personal interest in expanding one’s skill–set beyond graduate/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