Leadership | LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership

Fellowship Structure

2017-2018 Fellowship Timeline

August 2016
Call for applications announced

December 1, 2016
Deadline for applications

February 2017
Fellows announced

Late April/Early May 2017
Residency I

November 2017
Residency II

Late April/Early May 2018
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 proposed project ideas, project progress, and findings and participate in facilitated discussions. The time between residencies provides an open structure for Fellows to work in-depth on their projects with periodic progress check-ins. At the final residency, Fellows share their findings and results with targeted stakeholders in a symposium format.

laf-fellowship-cohort-530w Cohorts

Each year 3-5 Fellows are selected to participate in the Fellowship program. Up to 4 emerging professionals from LAF’s Olmsted Scholars Program are also selected to participate, bringing the total number in the cohort up to 7-9 participants. 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 3 three-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 stipends are provided. The first and last residencies take place in the spring and coincide with the LAF Board of Directors meeting.

Residencies consist of presentations and discussions by Fellows and participating Olmsted Scholars, with invited critics that may include academics, practitioners, representatives of affiliated organizations, industry partners, and past and present members of the LAF Board of Directors. The goal of the residencies is two-pronged: to facilitate project development and guide transformational leadership.

Project Development

  • Facilitate the realization of each Fellow’s project proposal
  • Provide inquiry that raises questions and provides a testing ground
  • Help identify barriers and remove obstacles to project success
  • Provide constructive feedback and critical review
  • Help Fellows identify next steps

Transformational Leadership

  • Foster camaraderie among Fellows
  • Discover each Fellow’s intrinsic motivation
  • Support Fellows through non-judgmental, respectful communication
  • Mentor, inspire, and teach one another


Monthly Calls

A facilitator is assigned to the cohort of Fellows and provides guidance throughout the year. 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.