Future Educator Fellowship

Request for applications

Do you like helping others learn and have an interest in PA education? Apply for the Future Educator Fellowship!

Fifteen PA students will be selected to participate in this exciting yearlong fellowship, designed to explore foundations in teaching, expose students to the current educational environment, and expand professional development and leadership opportunities for students.

Selected applicants will attend the kickoff session at the 2017 PAEA Education Forum in Denver where they will participate in designated sessions. Fellows will also engage in a year-long program, working through educational programming and problems, and developing competencies designed to foster a foundation in PA education.

Fellows also will be expected to attend the 2018 PAEA Education Forum in Anaheim, California for the Fellowship’s conclusion.


The Future Educator Fellowship is designed to enhance PA students’ understanding of medical education and academic careers in PA education. The goal of the fellowship is to provide a broad foundation of teaching to prepare students for careers in education. The FEF will help create and enhance students’ pathway to education by providing the following development:

  • Foundations in Teaching and Learning
    Fellows will learn best practices in teaching and learning, particularly when it comes to dealing with adult learners. These competencies will be cultivated through in-person engagement, online learning, and mentoring.
  • Exposure to the Current Educational Environment
    Fellows gain an understanding about the current PA educational landscape. This includes learning about the current political climate, research opportunities, growth within the profession, and future trends that will both affect the PA workforce and have implications on the educational space.
  • Leadership and Professional Development
    Fellows will develop knowledge and skills necessary to become respected professionals in PA education. The Fellowship will provide opportunities for networking and enhance leadership skills through effective communication, teaching excellence, high quality research, advocacy, and service to the profession and the community at large. The Fellowship will also explore opportunities for interprofessional education and research, develop strategies for collaboration with peers and professionals that enhance the quality and design of PA education, and develop a network of PA students with a shared interest in academic careers in PA education.


The Future Educator Fellowship begins by convening students at the PAEA Education Forum. After the Education Forum, students are expected to participate in online learning modules and discussions, and view brief instructional offerings that will continue to enhance their skills and expose them to a career path in PA education.

We recognize that the life of a PA student is a busy one with conflicting priorities. Please note that while this fellowship is highly competitive, it is not designed to compete with your first priority as a PA student. Nonetheless, students must commit to the learning experience and the activities required to complete the fellowship.

Sample activities include:

  • Peer-to-Peer Quarterly Check-Ins (via Google Hangout)
  • Completion of short online modules (no more than one per month maximum)
  • Problem-solving activities done in partnership with a self-identified mentor
  • Engagement in discussion postings


Current PA students who are enrolled (didactic or clinical) in good academic standing in a PAEA member program as of October 26, 2017, are eligible to apply. The program director must complete the certification form and confirm that the student will be released from classes or rotations on the dates of the fellowship, including necessary travel time.

If you are selected as a fellow, you are expected to attend the entire fellowship. For the 2017 Education Forum, students should plan to arrive before 8:00 a.m. on Friday, October 27 and schedule a departing flight no earlier than 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 28.

Women, minorities, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply

Interested candidates must submit all application materials through the online application portal. Applications must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. ET on July 14. Applications must include the following:

  • A completed program director certification form
  • A personal statement describing your interest in participating in the Future Educator Fellowship and what you hope to gain from this experience, in 500 words or less
  • A response to the following: Describe how you have been a change agent in the past
  • CV/Resume

Selection Criteria

  • Completed application per instructions
  • Eligibility (see above)
  • Creativity of personal statement and responses to questions

Deadlines & Timelines

Deadline for applications: July 14
Notification of selection: August 31
PAEA’s 2017 Education Forum: October 25 – 28
PAEA’s 2018 Education Forum: October 24 – 28

Please note: the FEF’s year runs from October to October, and fellows will not be attending the entire Education Forum.


Fellows will be covered for all reasonable expenses, to include travel, hotel, and meals during the fellowship. Please note: Students will not be required to cover travel and hotel costs up front; PAEA will reserve hotel space and travel arrangements will be made directly with PAEA’s travel agency.

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Please email fef@PAEAonline.org for any questions.