Bender FACET Fellows

The Bender FACET Fellows program helps selected FACET members learn about our statewide programs and grow as leaders. Named in honor of FACET founder Eileen Bender and geared toward newer members, the fellowship is good preparation if you would like to eventually be the FACET director.

Fellows work on statewide projects in cooperation with the FACET office and, in some cases, a planning committee. These events, programs, and publications could include:

Fellowship Details and Compensation

Only FACET members are eligible for the fellowship. Candidates decide whether they prefer a one-semester or one-year fellowship, and we can award up to two fellowships each semester.

Upon acceptance, Bender FACET Fellows meet with the FACET director and staff to develop a plan for achieving their goals. Fellows also submit monthly updates to the FACET director and a final report outlining their achievements in reaching their goals.

Compensation is provided following completion of the final report. Fellows can choose among three options:

  • $2,500 (per semester) added to their professional development account
  • One course release (FACET will pay for an adjunct instructor to take the class)
  • $2,500 (per semester) paid as an administrative supplement

Most Bender FACET Fellows work from their own campuses with occasional videoconferences and visits to the statewide office at IUPUI. Other projects may require different arrangements.


Candidates should submit the following to

  • A one-page document that includes the candidate’s name, discipline, campus, phone number, email address, and a statement of no more than 250 words. The statement should outline possible project areas; explain how the candidate would integrate the fellowship into his or her career development; and highlight one particular skill, capability, or experience that would equip him or her to be particularly effective as a fellow.
  • A statement from the candidate’s program coordinator or chair stating that the candidate would have the time to devote to the fellowship
  • Curriculum vitae

Review Process

A committee reviews candidates for the fellowship. The committee is appointed by the FACET director and includes:

  • A FACET Statewide Steering Committee member
  • A FACET member who joined within the last five years
  • A FACET member who joined five or more years ago
  • Kimberly Olivares, FACET’s administrative manager


Fall Fellowship Spring Fellowship
Application deadline April 30 August 15
Acceptible candidates forwarded to FACET director May 15 September 1
FACET director announces fellows May 30 September 15