Thank you for applying to the Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership’s Equity Leadership Fellows Program for PreAL, DEd, and DEd/PreAL students in the College of Education. The following Fellowship award amounts are available:

2018 Award Amounts

Program Minimum w/District Match



$1,000 $1,500



$1,500 $2,000



$2,000 $3,000

Fellowship Goals

All EMPL programs emphasize the need for educational researchers, leaders, and policy makers to understand and address how individual differences and structural inequities create disparities in outcomes for culturally and linguistically diverse populations of students, schools, and communities. With the Equity Leadership Fellows Program, our goals are to challenge students to declare and expand the magnitude and qualities of their personal dedication to educational equity and inclusion, and to advance their skills in addressing inequities in schools and social systems. We seek to support those candidates whose personal and professional unique life experiences, professional accomplishments, and future goals in promoting equity and social justice will enhance the learning opportunities and collective experience of the department and students.


Completed applications for the Equity Leadership Fellows Program must be submitted no later than May 1, 2018.


Applications will only be reviewed if the candidate is offered admission into either the PreAL, DEd, or DEd/PreAL program. Candidates who are awarded the fellowship will be notified within two weeks of being offered admission into their program.

Please have the following four application components ready prior to beginning the application process here at the online application system:

(1) Statement of Purpose

Your statement of purpose should provide strong evidence of the following tenets of our program goals, (a) how your personal cultural background, life experiences, and  professional activities will enhance and contribute to the department’s commitment to promoting educational equity and social justice, and (b) how your professional and scholarly goals will advance equity in your future work, promote social justice, and challenge prevailing social injustices.

Your statement should be typed, single-spaced, and no longer than two pages. Please upload your statement as a PDF. Be sure to keep a copy for your records.

(2) Resumé or CV

A resumé/CV is required of all applicants. Please upload your document in the online application as a PDF.

(3) Two letters of recommendation

Your recommendation letters must specifically address your commitment to equity and inclusion in your field by describing how your professional interests and essential work experiences have affected the field or have the potential to significantly impact the field. 

Applicants are required to obtain two signed letters of recommendation and upload them to the online application system. Recommendations should be written and signed by individuals who have supervised you in an academic, employment, or community service setting. In the online application, you will be asked to identify your recommenders and their email addresses. The committee only accepts online recommendations using the application system. Please upload as a PDF.

(4) District match letter (Optional)

To help offset the costs of tuition and fees, the Equity Leadership Fellows Program will increase the amount of award with the commitment of a district match. A district must commit to match the amount specified in column two for a given program. 

Please download the district match form letter provided here. The match letter must be completed and signed by either a superintendent, CFO, or an individual with budget authority at the district level. Then, scan and upload the signed district match form letter to the appropriate page in the application system. 

District Match Formula


District Match


Total Award


PreAL $1,500 $3,000
DEd $2,000 $4,000
DEd/PreAL $3,000 $6,000
* Amount per award may increase depending on number of applicants

For application questions, please contact Misael Flores at mflores2@uoregon.edu.