The AIEA Presidential Fellows Program is a mentorship program for new Senior International Officers (SIO), necessarily limited in number but of high prestige. The AIEA President will notify the President of the Fellow’s home institution of the award. Those persons named as fellows will be suitably recognized on the AIEA website and announced at the annual meeting.
There are three categories of AIEA Presidential Fellows: one for applicants from four-year private colleges, one for applicants from public teaching-oriented institutions, and one for applicants from PhD-granting public and private research universities. At the onset of the program, one or more person(s) will be selected in each category per year. The AIEA Presidential Fellows Committee will then match each fellow with an experienced SIO at an institution of the same type as the fellow’s home college or university, who will serve as a mentor.
Each fellow will spend several days (up to one week) visiting the mentor’s campus, shadowing the mentor, and learning about the policies, politics, and procedures of the mentor’s institution. Ideally, the mentor would also plan a shorter visit to the fellow’s campus to better understand the challenges facing the fellow. Throughout the academic year, the mentor will be available for consultation and advice as requested by the fellow. The fellow and the mentor will each provide AIEA with an evaluation of the usefulness of the fellowship at the end of the academic year, and the fellow will submit a final report on the learning experience to AIEA .
The award will include a stipend of $1,500 to be provided to the fellow’s home institution to defray travel costs and other related expenses of the fellow and perhaps the mentor, at the fellow’s discretion. It would be expected, but not required, that this sum might be augmented or perhaps matched by the fellow’s home institution. Note that the stipend cannot be used for AIEA membership or AIEA Conference attendance/travel.