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Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship in Technical College Leadership


Today's global, technology intensive, and rapidly changing economy requires the development of new approaches to teaching and learning technical and professional expertise. To meet these challenges, scholar-leaders in the nation's 2-year colleges must conduct research that guides the design of new instructional practices and policies. The development of scholar-leaders is critical to increasing access to high quality technical education and lifelong learning experiences for the nation's citizens. With generous support from the Morgridge Family Foundation, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, and the University of Wisconsin Foundation and endowed fellowship was created in 2002 to support advanced graduate study in Technical Educational Leadership in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The fellowship will be awarded on a competitive basis for up to two years of full-time graduate study, pending the availability of fellowship funding.  

Prospective fellows must be admitted to graduate study level in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis prior to being considered for a fellowship appointment. A 5-person selection committee will be appointed by the Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis to screen the applicants and select the fellow. The committee will include representatives from the faculty, the Wisconsin Technical College System Office, and the presidents of the Wisconsin Technical Colleges.

Applicants for the Fellowship:

  1. Must have completed course work and the Ph.D. qualifying examination in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis with a focus on higher and post-secondary education.
  2. Currently hold or aspire to obtain a leadership position in the Wisconsin Technical College System.
  3. Must engage in full-time graduate study during the period of the fellowship.

Fellowship Benefits (estimated 2012-2013)

  • Academic Year Stipend $18,567
  • Fringe Benefits $5,500
  • Tuition and Fee Waiver $12,200 or $3,000 (dissertator tuition)
  • Research and Travel Support $1,500
  • Total $37,956 (approximate) or $28,756 (dissertator) (approximate)

The Morgridge Fellow will also be provided with office space, technology support, and project affiliation opportunities at the Center on Education and Work.

Additional information on the Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship Program can be found at their website.

Application Procedures and Deadline:  

Upon announcement of the fellowship competition, the following documents are to be submitted to Shari Smith, Senior Student Services Coordinator, Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, 253B, 1000 Bascom Mall, Madison, WI 53706.

  • A cover letter describing your interest in the Technical College Leadership Fellowship
    Transcripts of completed graduate course work
  • A statement describing your dissertation research and career goals
  • Three letters of recommendation that address your potential contribution to the goals of the Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship in Technical College Leadership, including a letter from a college president or officials associated with the State Board.

Application Deadline: Mid-February by announcement

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