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BEST Program Application Period Open

October 30, 2017

Explore higher education administration.

Applications are being accepted through November 17, 2017, for the Brown Executive Scholars Training (BEST) Program. The BEST Program exposes doctoral students and advanced master's students to careers in higher education administration. Up to ten students will be chosen to participate in this 12-week Graduate School program.

Started in 2010 as a collaborative project of the Graduate School and Office of Institutional Diversity, the BEST program aims to prepare advanced master’s students and doctoral students for careers in higher education administration through a semester – long mentorship and training experience. Trainees receive one-on-one mentorship from senior administrators and participate in group roundtable discussions with senior University leadership such as the Provost, Deans of the Graduate School, Faculty, and College, Vice President for University Communications, among many others. As part of their experience, trainees have the option of doing mini-projects with administrative sponsors further enhancing immersion in the higher education administration career environment. Short professional development training sessions in CV and resume design, job searches for academic administration and identifying transferrable skills are also components of the semester’s programming.

Since 2010, the program welcomed 70 Master’s and PhD students from various disciplinary divisions and over thirty different academic departments. Applications for the eighth cohort are due November 17. Learn more.