Financial assistance is available to help with professional development; recognizing a combination of past achievement, personal and institutional commitment, potential benefit, and financial need.

Are You Eligible for Financial Assistance?

Your institution must be an EDUCAUSE member to apply for this program. While more than one candidate from the same institution may be considered in a single award year, priority will be placed on distributing fellowship opportunities broadly.

Applicants must/be:

  • Currently employed at an EDUCAUSE member institution and serve their institutions in any information technology-related area from central IT organizations, academic units, or administrative departments
  • A first time attendee at the selected event
  • A women in the profession to receive the Balestri Memorial Scholarship
  • Demonstrate financial need as a result of limited professional development funding/resources
  • Confirm pre-approval and travel support from supervisor to attend event if selected
  • Willing to continue involvement in EDUCAUSE through authorship, presentations, and volunteering
  • Demonstrate career goals
  • Submit all application requirements

See the Apply Now tab for specifics on application questions and information required.

Eligible 2017 EDUCAUSE Events

During the application process, please identify which one of the following 2017 events you are interested in attending. Note, you must be a first-time attendee for that selected event. If selected, your award will correspond to the price of registration for the event you have selected. (NOTE: Two of the following programs require applications. Award funding does not guarantee admittance to these programs.) Please explore the EDUCAUSE conference and events and EDUCAUSE Institute offerings. If you need assistance determining which event best meets your professional development needs, please contact us: Fellowships@educause.edu.

Ryland Fellowship and Balestri Scholarship grants may be applied to the events below:

2017 Dates
 EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Annual Meeting 
February 13–15
Houston, TX
Enterprise IT Summit
February 27–March 1
Phoenix, AZ
EDUCAUSE Connect: Portland
March 13–14
Portland, OR
New IT Managers: Portland
March 13–14
Portland, OR
Management Boot Camp: Portland
March 13–14
Portland, OR
NERCOMP Annual Conference
March 27–29
Providence, RI
EDUCAUSE Connect: Chicago
April 10–11
Chicago, IL
New IT Managers: Chicago
April 10–11
Chicago, IL
Management Boot Camp: Chicago
April 10–11
Chicago, IL
Security Professionals Conference
May 1–3
Denver, CO
Leading Change Institute (Requires application)
June 11–16
Washington, DC
Management Institute
July 24–28
Long Beach, CA
Learning Technology Leadership Institute
July 24–28
Long Beach, CA
Leadership Institute (Requires application)
July 10–14
Long Beach, CA
EDUCAUSE Annual Conference
October 31–November 3
Philadelphia, PA
Hawkins Leadership Roundtable at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference (includes Annual Conference registration)
October 31–November 3
Philadelphia, PA
Senior Directors Seminar at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference (includes Annual Conference registration)
October 31–November 3
Philadelphia, PA


Interested in other events? Visit the Event Finder >

Application and Awards

Deadline for 2017 events:

December 15, 2016

Award notifications will be made the week of January 9, 2017.


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Recipient Selection

Recipients of these prestigious opportunities are selected by the Fellowship Advisory Committee, based on an evaluation of the following information:

  • Complete application packet
  • Applicant's commitment to professional development focused on higher education and information technology
  • Applicant’s demonstrated initiative and/or leadership capabilities
  • In light of limited professional development resources, potential benefit to the applicant and his or her institution
  • Institutional commitment to support applicant’s professional development

View Past Recipients