Education Leadership Institute (ELI) Fellowship Application

The Education Leadership Institute (ELI) Fellowship is an American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship (ABPTRFE) accredited leadership development fellowship program created in response to the needs of the physical therapy education community. ELI is designed to develop current and future program administrators to facilitate the needed changes in the academic environment for the 21st century. The comprehensive curriculum explores in depth leadership development and is delivered through 3 required onsite sessions and ongoing distance learning. The yearlong format allows participants to connect theory with practice through application and translation of knowledge to their individual programs and institutions. Learn more about ELI.

Major Content Areas Include:

- Personal Leadership and Management
- Higher Education, Health Care Systems, and Society
- Institutional Leadership and Management
- Student Affairs
- Legal and Policy Issues
- Human Resource Management
- Resources and Financial Management
- Program Development and Outcomes
- Relationships, Influence, and Partnerships

Expectations and Time Commitments

ELI applicants should consider these essential features before applying and be prepared to:

  • Complete a 2-hour virtual orientation Webinar session in July that launches the ELI Fellowship program.
  • Actively engage in on-line and self-directed learning in completing 9 learning modules with expert faculty throughout the fellowship year.
  • Actively engage in 3 required two-day face-to-face didactic instruction sessions in a 12-month period integrating content applied from each of the 9 modules. Required onsite sessions are as follows:
    - Session 1: September 30 - October 1, 2015 (Baltimore, MD)
    - Session 2: 2 days in March 2016 (location TBD)
    - Session 3: 2 days in July 2016 (location TBD)
  • Develop a leadership project that responds to a need within his/her sponsoring institution.
  • Develop a dynamic leadership development plan through ongoing reflection during his/her participation in ELI.
  • Complete all course, participant, and program assessments and evaluations.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant should be a current or emerging leader or academic administrator.
  • Due to the urgent need to prepare current and future academic administrators, preference will be given to applicants identified as novice (0–7 years) PT and PTA academic administrator leaders.
  • The applicant must be a current APTA member.
  • The applicant must be licensed/registered/certified or licensure eligible in the US and affiliated with an academic institution.

Application Process

  • Complete the Application Form (.doc) (The application process will reopen in Fall 2015. )
  • Complete a Letter of Intent
  • Provide a curriculum vitae with evidence of past leadership activities
  • Sign the Statement of Commitment (located within the application)
  • Submit a nonrefundable application processing fee of $50.00 (Online payment).
  • Secure nomination from current program director, Dean, or other appropriate administrator/supervisor. Access the Nomination Form (.doc).
  • Submit completed electronic application materials to by December 1, 2014 (Note: Applicant materials must be submitted as individual Word documents).