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The President Staff Fellow Program

The President Staff Fellow Program

The Staff Fellowship Program at Northern Illinois University is available to international students. The award amount is $75,000, and there are several awards available. This program is designed for professional staff members who wish to pursue a higher education career. Fellowships are awarded based on academic achievement, professional promise, and commitment to diversity.

Application Deadline: September 30, 2022

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Brief Description

  • Organization: Northern Illinois University
  • Department: NA
  • Course level:  Leadership and Administration
  • Award Amount: $75,000
  • Number of Awards: Several
  • Access Mode: Online
  • Nationality: International
  • Eligible Countries: United States
  • Eligible Courses: Students can apply for the Staff Fellow Program at Northern Illinois University
  • Eligibility: International student

The President Staff Fellow Program


The Office of the President Staff Fellow will be afforded professional development opportunities through working on special projects needed to carry out the functions of the Office of the President. The fellow will gain skills and experience in project management, communications, event planning, and more. In addition, the fellowship provides an opportunity to learn about and work closely with the President and his senior staff. The Staff Fellow will be appointed for the 2023 Calendar Year and will report to the President’s Chief of Staff.


Any full-time supportive professional staff, supportive professional staff without rank, or operational staff with at least three years of leadership (e.g., supervisor, shared governance) responsibilities at NIU can be considered to serve as the fellow.

Other qualifications include

  • Understanding the university vision, mission, and values, strategic action planning framework, and the university goals.
  • Demonstrated leadership and ability to manage multiple tasks/projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to work independently on high-level initiatives as well as to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Excellent written and oral communication.
  • Ability to work outside of normal business hours.

How to Apply

To apply for the Office of the President Staff Fellow Program, please submit a resume, cover letter describing your interest in the position, and a letter of support from your supervisor to [email protected] no later than Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact Michaela Holtz at [email protected].


This will be a full-time fellowship and could require work outside of normal business hours. All applicants must receive permission from their supervisors to apply for the fellowship.

The fellow will receive a $75,000 salary or their current salary, whichever is higher. The salary and all benefits will be paid for by the Office of the President. The unit from which the fellow is selected will retain the fellow’s salary in its budget to help manage the employee’s duties during the fellowship period.

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