I would like to personally welcome you to the Doctoral Student Leadership Institute website! I am very excited about this initiative as I believe the overarching mission of the Graduate School is to prepare graduate students to become global leaders. This one-of-a-kind Institute will prepare you for leadership positions across settings- including those in and out of academia. We have created an outstanding range of opportunities and activities that I know will be very beneficial.
I look forwarding to welcoming you as a Doctoral Student Leadership Fellow!
Karen Liller, Ph.D.
Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Vice President for Research and Innovation
The University of South Florida Graduate School is proud to offer the Doctoral Student Leadership Institute. This two-year institute includes:
The Dean and Associate Dean of the Graduate School will lead the Institute and meet with the Fellows to determine progress. The 2012-2013 Leadership Institute begins August 27, 2012. Leadership Institute participation will be expected during all academic sessions, including summer. Participation in the Institute will take at least 6-10 hours per week, depending on the activities.
Doctoral students must apply to be part of the Institute and provide a letter of recommendation from his or her major professor. The application must include a 250 word (maximum) essay pertaining to why the potential fellow should be part of the Institute. Describe your previous university/college and/or other leadership experience; Outline your leadership goals and how being a Leadership Fellow will aid you in achieving them; and how you plan to put your leadership skills to practice in your professional career. Preference will be given to those students who have not yet reached candidacy. We anticipate a class of 10-15 fellows. Applications will be reviewed by the Graduate School Leadership.
All applicants must submit the electronic application form found at http://www.grad.usf.edu/programs/leadership-institute-submit.php
Applications for the August, 2012 class of Leadership Fellows must be submitted before midnight on April 15, 2012.
After you complete the electronic application form and click "Submit," you will receive an e-mail with instructions for submitting the letter of recommendation from your major professor. Please follow the instructions carefully.
Applicants accepted as Leadership Institute Fellows will be notified by May 5, 2012.
Up to $1000 per semester is available to each Leadership Fellow to cover costs associated with participating in the Institute. Funds may be requested to defray the costs of leadership-related events and conferences, books and other professional development materials.
During your first year as a Leadership Institute Fellow, you will do all of the following:
In your second year, you will continue with many leadership activities from Year One in addition to experiencing new leadership opportunities. You will:
Leadership Fellows will be required to participate in two Leadership Workshops per semester. Workshops are listed below. Note that five of the Workshops are required. If students locate a workshop not on the list that they would like to attend, this can be arranged as long as the topic fits the theme of leadership. Four Leadership Workshops will be offered per semester and Workshop offerings will be rotated each semester.
*Required workshops noted as "R"
Leadership Styles and Patterns (R)
Leading Organizations Effectively (R)
Communication Skills - Oral and Written (R)
How to Prepare for and Have a Successful Interview for a Leadership Position (R)
Creating a Leadership Portfolio (R)
Finding Funding and Managing Budgets
Event Planning in Academic and Non-Academic Settings
Others as Appropriate
Each Leadership Fellow will be required to attend at least one conference or similar event related to leadership during each year. Fellows may use Leadership Institute funding for costs associated with attending leadership conferences and events. Below are several leadership conferences that may be of interest to Leadership Fellows.