Leadership | LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership

Fellowship Structure

2018-2019 Fellowship Timeline

September 2017
Call for applications announced

December 1, 2017
Deadline for applications

December 15, 2017 (EXTENDED)
Deadline for 2012-2017 Olmsted Scholar applications

Late February 2018
Fellows announced

Late April/Early May 2018
Residency I

November 2018
Residency II

Late April/Early May 2019
Residency III

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Three residencies form the core of the year-long LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership. At the residencies, Fellows present their projects and progress, explore the concepts of transformational leadership, and participate in facilitated discussions. The time between residencies provides an open structure for Fellows to work in-depth on their projects with monthly check-in calls. At the final residency, Fellows share their findings and results with targeted stakeholders in a symposium format.



Each year 3-5 Fellows and up to 4 emerging professionals from LAF’s Olmsted Scholars Program are selected for the fellowship program. These 6-9 individuals are brought together as a cohort team and participate in the fellowship year together under the guidance and support of their fellowship facilitator(s). The final residency for one cohort overlaps with the first residency for the following year’s cohort, allowing for more knowledge-sharing and exchange.



Fellows are required to participate in three 2.5-day residencies in Washington, D.C. over the course of the fellowship year. Full attendance and participation in each of the residencies is crucial to the success of the fellowship and is mandatory to receive funding. Travel and lodging stipends are provided.

Residencies consist of presentations, critique, and discussions among cohort members with invited critics that may include academics, practitioners, representatives of allied organizations, industry partners, and past and present members of the LAF Board of Directors.

Residency I: Fellowship Kick-Off

  • Deepen commitment of each cohort member to their project pursuit and identify the obstacles in her or his path
  • Establish the cohort as a mentorship and support network
  • Introduce “transformational leadership”

Residency II: Fellowship Mid-Point

  • Share progress
  • Review and critique execution plans and draft dissemination products
  • Continue leadership assessment, development, and reflection

Residency III: Final Symposium

  • Present project, products and next steps to the LAF Board of Directors and targeted stakeholders at a symposium event
  • Mentor and support the incoming fellowship cohort


Monthly Calls

Fellows are required to participate in monthly conference calls to report on progress and discuss relevant issues. Additional discussions and ongoing dialogue are encouraged to enrich mentorship, collaboration, and the overall fellowship experience.