Call for Participation

Assessment Fellow


Overview of the Collaboratory Research Fellowship Program

The Collaboratory Research Fellowship program recognizes exemplary and emerging scholar-practitioners who are committed to advancing the field of community engagement. Fellows explore research and programmatic efforts that enact Collaboratory’s mission and support member institutions and the broader field of higher education community engagement. The fellowship is designed to give practitioner-scholars a national platform to pursue research and programmatic ideas that correlate with ongoing Collaboratory initiatives.


About the Assessment Fellow

Collaboratory now proudly houses over 2000 published community engagement and public service activities across 26 diverse institutions - and we are committed to ensuring that the data collected via Collaboratory is an accurate and comprehensive representation of faculty, staff, and student activities. We seek to support a fellow to conduct a mixed methods study using Collaboratory data. Research questions will focus on measures of community engagement and public service activities.


Fellows will receive a $2,000 research award to support their efforts. Funds may be used for any expense judged supportive of the fellow’s research including staffing, conference/presentation support (e.g., registration fees), project expenses, equipment, or salary support.


Roles & Responsibilities

Fellows lead projects that typically last 3-6 months and utilize de-identified data from Collaboratory institutions, or pursue relevant ideas and questions in partnership with campuses within and beyond our membership. In collaboration with Collaboratory staff, fellows are expected to develop:

  • a concise description of the project and how it will be carried out, including timelines, stakeholders, and resources required
  • specific outcomes and how they will be measured
  • a statement of the eventual impact and value of the project
  • a public deliverable to disseminate findings (presentation, publication, report, etc.)


Fellows should have a background including some aspects of program evaluation, psychometrics, statistics, educational measurement or other qualitative and quantitative methods. Collaboratory is open to working with faculty, staff, or graduate students at an accredited and U.S. based institution of higher education who have experience with or expertise in community engagement. We would very much like to support scholars who identify as black, indigenous or persons of color (BIPOC), although this is not a requirement of the fellowship.


To Apply:

Please apply by no later than 11:59pm EST on Friday, October 2, 2020. We do not expect interested applicants to have the details of their ideas fully fleshed out - that is something we are excited about developing in collaboration with the fellow. We do, however, ask that your letter of interest begin to address or respond to the roles and responsibilities fleshed out above. Please also include reference to any graduate level courses you have completed or any professional/academic experiences that would be relevant to the project.