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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Drexel offering the ELATES program?

Drexel University has long been committed to developing women leaders in academics. This comes from a legacy of being home to the first medical school for women in the world and from working with leaders in medicine and dentistry for more than 20 years in the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® program (ELAM). Recognizing the paucity of women leaders in fields related to STEM, ELAM® program has extended its expertise to develop ELATES. Graduates of ELATES will contribute to leadership capacity in their institutions and across the nation.

Does ELATES offer a program every year?

Yes. Applications generally open in November for the fellowship year that runs the following August through March. See the Application and Current Fellows pages for more information.

What are the estimated total costs to attend the ELATES program?

The early-bird registration fee for applications completed by December 1, 2021 for the 2021-2022 Fellowship year is $10,750. The regular registration fee, for applications completed by February 1, 2022, is $12,500. The registration fee covers the costs of materials, speaker and consultant fees, and special events. ELATES' program fee covers 17 days of in-residence programming including lodging, meals and facility use. Travel costs for the three sessions will, of course, vary depending on distance and mode of transportation. The overall costs for the ELATES program are comparable to other national leadership programs in higher education and substantially less than comparable private-sector leadership programs.

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What is the time commitment for participating in the ELATES program?

ELATES is an intensive, year-long program requiring 8-10 hours a week committed to readings, interviews, project development, and online and telephone discussions with other Fellows and faculty. While most Fellows successfully complete the program while continuing their other responsibilities, we strongly recommend that candidates be given some release time and that projects be designed to complement their institutional leadership work. During the ELATES program year, Fellows attend 17 days of on-site meetings, divided into three sessions of approximately one week each (August, November and March), all in the Philadelphia area.

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How is each class of ELATES Fellows selected?

The admissions committee, which includes deans, senior administrators and other nationally recognized leaders in academia, review all application materials submitted by the candidates. They consider individual potential, institutional commitment to foster that individual’s leadership opportunities, and a variety of diversity criteria including race, ethnicity, geographic region of school, type of school and area of professional studies.

Can I apply if I am not in engineering or computer science?

Yes. If your research is in the area of engineering, computer science, biology, chemistry, math, physics, other STEM fields, and you have a full-time faculty appointment as associate professor or professor in an accredited university, you are eligible to apply. The admissions committee considers applicant goals and institutional leadership potential. Contact ELATES at or 215.895.0415 if you are interested in the program but are uncertain about your eligibility based on your disciplinary appointment and/or area of research specialty.

Can I apply if I am not at the level of associate professor or not yet tenured?

To be considered for the ELATES program, candidates must hold at least the rank of associate professor, and have some significant administrative experience. The pathway to organizational leadership is built upon credibility as a scholar and experience as a manager. To be qualified for senior institutional leadership and eligible for this program, candidates ideally should hold tenure and be well on their way to full professorship.

Do all the application materials have to be submitted together?

Your application, CV and a published journal article must all be submitted online by the application deadline. Your nomination and recommendations have a due date about a week later. You are able to start your application and return to it later to complete it. Only completed applications submitted by the deadlines will be considered.

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May I have a couple of days' extension to submit my application materials?

We ask that all materials, including nomination and recommendation letters, be submitted via the online application system by the due dates. However, we appreciate that there may be extenuating circumstances. Please send an email to to discuss late submissions.