Research and Innovation Leadership Fellows Program


Research & Innovation is pleased to announce the Research and Innovation Leadership Fellows Program, a professional development opportunity for the University of Nevada, Reno faculty. The program offers an opportunity for a selected faculty member to gain experience toward potential career opportunities in research administration at a research-intensive university. The Research and Innovation Leadership Fellow will develop a deeper understanding of the administration of a research enterprise; interact with University leadership and stakeholders at the local, state, national, and international level; and participate in the development of policies and procedures relevant to faculty members and the research enterprise.

View a list of our current and past fellows


Mridul Gautam, Vice President for Research and Innovation


The Fellow will gain an appreciation of creativity, innovation, and collaboration as they transition from their role as a faculty member engaged in instruction, research, and outreach to an administrative and/or leadership position devoted to inspiring and helping others pursue excellence. Under the Vice President for Research and Innovation (VPRI) mentorship, the Fellow will:

  • Work closely with the VPRI, senior leadership, and Research & Innovation directors and managers on matters ranging from long-term planning to day-to-day operations and implementation of research strategies that enhance our faculty, staff, and students’ ability to excel in research, scholarly, artistic, and entrepreneurial endeavors
  • Gain leadership and management skills necessary for a research administration position
  • Receive exposure to current and future trends in higher education, strategic planning, budget management, and personnel interactions and management
  • Join the VPRI, associate vice presidents, and assistant vice presidents in various meetings with faculty and University leadership
  • Serve on Research & Innovation-sponsored committees
  • Participate in statewide and national forums and committees
  • Focus on matters related to Research & Innovation, which encompasses research development, research administration, enterprise and innovation, human-subject protection, research integrity, animal care and resources, environmental health and safety, export controls, effort reporting, city-county-state-federal relations pertaining to the research enterprise, communications to and with stakeholders, research enterprise-focused philanthropy, university-centric relationships and partnerships, national laboratory relationships, and engagement with national/international research and accrediting organizations

The Fellow will be encouraged to define a project related to the Research & Innovation mission and take it to completion.


Full-time tenured faculty members at or above the associate professor level from all academic and professional disciplines from all University divisions, colleges, schools, and libraries are eligible.

Appointment and Compensation

One Research and Innovation Fellowship will be available for the 2019-2020 academic year in the office.

The Fellow will be appointed in the program for an equivalent of one day per week (20% effort). The 20% effort will be inclusive of both base compensation and fringe benefits. The Fellow may choose to use the compensation for a portion of her/his summer support, or support their laboratory personnel or students.

A limited discretionary travel and operational budget will be provided. The travel funds will allow the Fellow to learn about research administration strategies, structures, and processes at other universities.

Term of Appointment

Five months. Start date of appointment will be January 1, 2020 – May 31, 2020


  1. A cover letter that discusses (i) the applicant’s interest in becoming a Research and Innovation Leadership Fellow; (ii) the applicant’s professional goals during the fellowship and beyond; and (iii) the specific project(s) that the applicant may wish to pursue as a Fellow. Please provide a short description (no more than one-page) of the proposed project.
  2. Current curriculum vitae.
  3. A letter of support from the applicant’s department chair.
  4. A letter of support from the applicant’s dean.
  5. The full application package should be emailed by the applicant’s dean as a single PDF to Asta Ratliff (
  6. DEADLINE for receipt of the application package is 8 a.m., November 22, 2019.
  7. All queries should be addressed to Asta Ratliff.

Selection Process

Interviews will be conducted in late November.
The selection of the Fellow will be announced on December 6, 2019.