Provostial Fellows Program

The Office of the Provost & Vice-President Academic is excited to launch a new Provostial Fellows Program which will provide capacity, at an institutional level, to advance the priorities of the UAP in demonstrable ways, and also to provide an opportunity for a diverse group of tenured faculty to gain hands-on experience in university leadership.


The launch of the University Academic Plan “Building a Better Future: York University Academic Plan 2020-2025” sets out six exciting and important priorities for York, and as a community, we now look to work together in advancing these. In support of this mandate, York tenured faculty members are invited to submit expressions of interest for consideration as inaugural Provostial Fellows. Fellows will work with the Provost and relevant members of the senior leadership on a project or initiative intended to advance one of the UAP priority areas, listed below, at an institutional or Faculty level (note, a project need not be limited to the Fellow’s home Faculty). Of particular interest will be projects that also seek to enhance, and intersect with, the university-wide challenge to elevate our contributions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The proposed project should also seek to provide an opportunity for personal professional growth and learning, and to the exploration of leadership at the Faculty or institutional level.

UAP 2020-25 Priorities

  1. 21st Century Learning: Diversifying Whom, What, and How We Teach
  2. Knowledge for the Future: From Creation to Application
  3. From Access to Success: Next Generation Student Supports
  4. Advancing Global Engagement
  5. Working in Partnership
  6. Living Well Together

Fellowship Details

Timeframe:  1 – 2 years, depending on project

  • Normally 0.5 course release arranged in consultation with Dean/Principal
  • Generic expense reimbursement ($5,000 per annum) to be used at the discretion of the fellow
  • Professional development supports based on identified needs and interests


The Fellows program is intended for tenured faculty who are interested in future university leadership. Note: Indigenous faculty and those from equity deserving groups are encouraged to apply. Please complete the self-identification form

Deadline and How to Apply

Please submit the following items to by no later than 4pm on Friday, 14 May 2021.

  1. Cover letter that addresses the following questions:
  • What is the UAP priority that you would like to advance through a Provostial Fellowship and why?
  • Do you have a specific project to propose, or an area or initiative you would be especially interested in working on?
  • Which units (Faculties, Departments/Schools, Administrative Offices, etc.) do you envisage working with on this project?
  • What is your interest in the Provostial Fellows Program and how will the experience contribute to your professional growth and learning?
  • What skills and experience do you bring to the program that will benefit both York and the Fellows cohort?
  • Other? (Anything else you think the selection committee should know)
  1. Short CV (4-6 pages) that highlights information relevant to this opportunity
  2. Self-identification form

Selection Process

Fellows will be selected by a panel, including the Provost & Vice-President Academic (Chair), and representatives from the Offices of the VP Research & Innovation; VP Equity, People & Culture; Vice-Provost Students; and Deans.

Selection criteria include:

  • Area of interest / alignment to UAP priorities and related initiatives
  • Statement of interest / rationale for participation (i.e., cover letter that addresses the questions above)
  • Career stage and interest in university leadership
  • Designated group status


Activity Date
Deadline for applications No later than 4pm on Friday May 14, 2021
Provostial Fellows announced June 2021
Project and professional development plans completed in cooperation with Provost and relevant senior leaders Summer 2021
Fellowship activities Fall 2021 through June 30, 2023 as appropriate

Want to know more? 
Please direct queries to Sarah Whitaker, Senior Advisor and Director of Academic Affairs, Office of the Provost & Vice-President Academic, York University –

Last updated April 26, 2021