ELA Fellowships for Ukraine

The Executive Leadership Academy for Ukrainian University Leaders at UC Berkeley

Call for Applications - CLOSED

The Executive Leadership Academy (ELA), organized by the Center for Studies in Higher Education at UC Berkeley is accepting applications from Ukrainian university leaders to participate in the ELA 2023 Virtual Program in July 10 - 18, 2023.

We invite applications from senior executive leaders (rectors/vice-rectors/deans) who are interested in advancing their leadership skills, networking with American university executives and expanding their knowledge about the US higher education system. The ELA stands in solidarity with Ukrainian academics and believes that strong universities are crucial for Ukraine’s victory and recovery. The ELA hopes to support Ukrainian universities in times of crisis by offering training and networking opportunities for university leaders. Igor Chirikov (Senior Researcher and SERU Consortium Director, CSHE) and Joseph Castro (Affiliated Faculty, CSHE and Former Chancellor, CSU) are co-chairs of this initiative.


Virtual participation, July 10 - 18, 2023 (7pm – 1 am Ukraine time). The program for Ukrainian participants will also include a full-day ELA Ukraine Professional Development Seminar focused on issues that are relevant for Ukrainian higher education.

Tuition and Scholarships:

The program is free for all selected participants from Ukraine. The scholarship will fully cover participation in the ELA, including all program materials and a certificate of completion from UC Berkeley.

Selection process:

Step 1: Submitting the application. Deadline: March 31, 2023.

The application package includes:

  1. Completed Application Form
  2. Motivation Letter in English (up to 2 pages). The motivation letter should include information about why you are interested in the program, how the program will advance your career and how it will benefit the university.
  3. CV in English
  4. Letter of support from the university (in English or Ukrainian). The letter should be signed by the rector/vice-rector of the university and indicate that the university supports participation in the ELA program.

Please complete the application online and send Motivation Letter, CV, and Support Letter to Samantha Rushing, Associate Director & Executive Assistant to the Board (srushing849@berkeley.edu).

Step 2: Interviews with shortlisted candidates. April 10 – May 5, 2023.

Selected candidates will be notified by May 10, 2023.

About ELA:

The sessions focus on 26 Executive Leadership Skills that are essential to serving as successful higher education administrators, with topics on shifts in higher education and higher education leadership, changing funding sources and expectations, new requisite multicultural competencies, risk management, governing board relations, fundraising, and many more. This Academy will prepare current and future leaders to appreciate the multicultural and global dynamics of higher education by promoting key critical thinking skills, leadership, and strategic planning for higher education officials.

More information about ELA: https://cshe.berkeley.edu/ela

Contact information:

Please send all questions regarding the application process to Samantha Rushing, Associate Director & Executive Assistant to the Board (srushing849@berkeley.edu)