Fellowship Program


The CAAE Fellowship Program offers awards to recognize and train senior, mid-level and new alumni relations professionals at CAAE member institutions. CAAE provides funding, mentoring and general support to emerging leaders at a CAAE Member Institution to accelerate a big idea through this program. Fellows are expected to create a final work product that will be presented to the membership at the CAAE Winter Institute. Candidates may select from a menu of ideas provided by CAAE or submit a unique topic to the selection committee for consideration. All final presentations, papers or projects must support one or more of the overarching purpose statements.

Purpose

• Build research and knowledge to inform the profession

• Support CAAE’s desire to further professionalize the field of alumni relations through benchmarking and further developing industry standards and theory

• Pursue CAAE’s commitment to further develop priority areas of research

• Further support a CAAE member institution to grow a specific program in a particular area

• Provide an opportunity for emerging leaders in the profession to build a professional network of alumni executives

• Build a pipeline of aspiring executives poised for individual growth within the profession


Benefit to the Fellow

• Enhance the work in their current position

• Advance their career path

• Expand professional network

• Fund research

• Grow professional knowledge

Three Fellowships Awarded Annually

Robert G. Forman Fellowship

• Jerry F. Tardy Fellowship

Lawrence S. Preo Fellowship

     

Robert G. Forman Fellowship

Background

CAAE established the Forman Fellowship to encourage the advancement of high-potential, senior professionals into chief alumni relations officer positions. The fellowship is named in honor of Robert G. Forman, the founding president of CAAE and the president emeritus of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan.

Eligibility

Applicants must have five or more years of professional experience in alumni relations at a CAAE member institution or senior-level experience at another organization.

Fellowship Package

Forman Fellows will receive up to $3,500 to cover research-related expenses as well as hotel and travel costs for participation in the CAAE Winter Institute. One Forman Fellow will be awarded per year.

Application

To apply for the Forman Fellowship, download an application. Applicants will be required to submit a completed application (download MS Word version or PDF version), an updated resume, completed essay questions, and a nomination letter or signed endorsement from a current CAAE member. All materials must be submitted by Friday, August 28, 2020, to Jorge Ancona with the Subject Line: CAAE Fellowship Application. 


Jerry F. Tardy Fellowship

Background

CAAE established the Tardy Fellowship to encourage the advancement of junior professionals into senior alumni relations officer positions. The fellowship is named in honor of the late Jerry F. Tardy, president and CEO of the Indiana University Alumni Association, who served as a great advocate of the alumni profession and a mentor to numerous colleagues throughout his career.

Eligibility

Applicants must have two to five years of experience in alumni relations at a CAAE member institution.

Fellowship Package

Tardy Fellows will receive up to $2,000 to cover research-related expenses as well as hotel and travel costs for participation in the CAAE Winter Institute. One Tardy Fellow will be awarded per year.

Application

To apply for the Tardy Fellowship, download an application. Applicants will be required to submit a completed application (download MS Word version or PDF version), an updated resume, completed essay questions, and a nomination letter or signed endorsement from a current CAAE member. All materials must be submitted by Friday, August 28, 2020, to Jorge Ancona with the Subject Line: CAAE Fellowship Application.


Lawrence S. Preo Fellowship


Background

CAAE established the Preo Fellowship to recognize and support entry-level professionals who have promising careers in alumni relations. The fellowship is named in honor of Larry Preo, former executive director of the Purdue University Alumni Association, who served as CAAE’s first executive administrator.

Eligibility

Applicants must be entry-level professionals with up to five years of experience in alumni relations at a CAAE member institution.

Fellowship Package

Preo Fellows will receive up to $2,000 to cover research-related expenses as well as hotel and travel costs for participation in the CAAE Winter Institute. One Tardy Fellow will be awarded per year.

Application

To apply for the Preo Fellowship, download an application. Applicants will be required to submit a completed application (download MS Word version or PDF version), an updated resume, completed essay questions, and a nomination letter or signed endorsement from a current CAAE member. All materials must be submitted by Friday, August 28, 2020, to Jorge Ancona with the Subject Line: CAAE Fellowship Application.


Past Fellowship Presentations

See past presentations

Questions?

For questions or additional information regarding the CAAE Fellowship Program, please contact Jorge Ancona at jorge.ancona@ucr.edu.