Any innovation ecosystem is only as strong as the relationships of professionals in it. This network of people is the very fabric of any community that is setting the pace in any advanced technology area, and the undersea domain is no different. What is special however about the Undersea Vehicle Technology ecosystem in Southern New England, is the incredible density of relevant government, industry and academic institutions in such a small geographic location.
The NIUVT fellowship is a development opportunity for organizations in this geographically close and technologically overlapping undersea technology ecosystem to deliberately develop mid-career professionals on a path to senior leadership positions. The fellowship is a 12-month experience for applicants from academia, government, and industry to rotate into a different sector and work inside a different organization while participating with the cohort of fellows in monthly networking and broadening experiences. The ecosystem is geographically small enough that we can provide this opportunity without relocating people and do it at no cost to participants or organizations involved. Applicants must have the support of their leadership in order to apply.
As a group, fellows will visit with the strategic leadership of every participating organization in addition to a few others. They will also participate in ongoing in NIUVT activities and research throughout the course of the year. This fellowship is an opportunity to mix the ecosystem, create stronger networks, and bring perspectives from government academia and industry directly into organizations and opposing sectors. After one year, fellows return to their employer with a different perspective, a stronger network, and reinvigorated to tackle the challenges of the undersea vehicle technology community. Not only will the fellow benefit, but each organization taking in a fellow with a different perspective will stand to benefit from their different experience, perspective, and network as well.
Participating organizations commit to supporting their applicant by maintaining their pay and benefits for the period of 12 months while they work at another organization in a different sector (government, academia, industry). Additionally, each organization agrees to take on a different NIUVT Fellow for the same 12-month period, at no cost, to provide them a broadening experience inside their organization that leverages their background and experience. Fellows may be used in a position that leverages their particular technical skillset or puts them in a position that exposes them to the strategic operations of an organization. Organizations will have the opportunity to interview, and approve or decline the incoming fellow who is recommended to be placed at their organization.
Competitive applicants should have at least 10 years of professional experience and a master’s degree or commensurate experience. Applicants will need to submit a resume, cover letter, and an endorsement letter from their organization’s leadership by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 30th. Please list “NIUVT Fellowship 2020” in the subject line.
NIUVT leadership will judge applications, interview finalists, and select a cohort of 9 fellows for a mid-summer 2020 start time. NIUVT will also place fellows and take into consideration their background, experience, desires, and commuting location when placing fellows and while they may not be provided their first choice, they will have the option of declining a placement.
Contact Erik Brine at email@example.com or (843)469-0234