Graduate Fellows program


The primary goal of the AAHHE Graduate Student Fellowship Program (GSFP) is to prepare Latina/o/x doctoral scholars for successful careers in academia; however, the program also provides support to Latina/o/x scholars interested in pursuing careers within administration and policy in postsecondary education. Towards this end, program sub-goals include to:

  1. Provide strategies to assist scholars in achieving their educational and professional goals
  2. Provide constructive feedback on graduate student fellows' research
  3. Build community and network with other Latina/o/x scholars

To be considered for the GSFP applicants must:

  • Be a Hispanic and/or Latina/o/x enrolled in a doctoral program
  • Aspire to enter postsecondary professoriate and/or administration
  • Exhibit a track record of service to the Hispanic and/or Latina/o/x community


Upon selection, Graduate Student Program Fellows will be required to register as AAHHE members ($50) prior to the AAHHE Annual Conference in March 2021.

AAHHE Graduate Student Program Fellows are required to attend and actively participate in all GSFP events. The GSFP program will begin in December 2021 with a welcome/orientation followed by bi-monthly webinars held January 2021 through May 2021. Additionally, Graduate Student Program Fellows will be required to attend select events during the AAHHE 2021 Annual Conference taking place March 1- 5, 2021, 12-5pm (EST). The registration fee for the AAHHE 2021 Annual Pre-Conference and Conference will be waived for Graduate Student Program Fellows.

Important Dates
Application open           August 24, 2020
Application due          October 16, 2020
Notifications sent          November 24, 2020
GSFP Fellow confirmations due   December 4, 2020
GSFP Program           December 2020 - May 2021

Application Process
Applicants are required to submit the following:

  1. Application form
  2. Statement of Interest addressing the questions below (max of 1,000 words)
    • Why are you interested in participating in the AAHHE 2021 Graduate Student Fellowship Program?
    • How would the AAHHE GSFP help your professional development in ways that are not already happening?
    • How do your future career goals align with the mission and values of AAHHE and the Graduate Student Fellowship Program?
    • How do you feel your interests and experiences might enable you to contribute to a national cohort of colleagues and the AAHHE membership community as a whole?
    • How do you plan to give back to your field or area of practice upon earning your doctoral degree?
  3. Research topic statement (max of 150 words)
  4. Curriculum Vita
  5. One letter of support from an advisor, supervisor, or faculty member (additional letters will not be considered); please see evaluation rubric for details


Documents must be uploaded as ONE PDF via the application form.

Selection Process
Each application is reviewed and evaluated by a minimum of two graduate and/or faculty fellows program alumni using an evaluation rubric. If there is inconsistency between the two evaluations it is reviewed a third time by a member of the GSFP leadership team. Selection of the final graduate student program fellows are completed by the GSFP leadership team in consultation with the AAHHE Board. Diversity of gender identity, race/ethnicity, institutional type, and field of discipline are all taken into consideration when selecting the final cohort. Please see evaluation rubric for further details.

Click here for the application.


For general inquiries about the AAHHE GSFP please contact Natalia M. Toscano (GSFP Chair) or Luis F. Avilés González (GSFP Co-Chair) at [email protected], or Aurora Kamimura, AAHHE Board Liaison to the GSFP at [email protected].