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BPI Fellows and Scholars Programs

BPI Scholars and BPI Fellows are part of our efforts around people and resource development opportunities at Emory. Participants in each program will learn project management, tools for analytical thinking, communication techniques, and leadership skills. The programs focus on two objectives: 


BPI Scholars: For Early to Mid-Career Emory Employees

What is the BPI Scholars Program and how does it work?

BPI Scholars is a one-year professional development program in which high-performing, early and mid-career Emory staff learn and develop project management, communication, analytical, and leadership skills. Scholars are sponsored by their supervisors to apply for the program and remain in their current roles throughout its duration. Participation in the program represents an additional commitment of about 4 to 8 hours per week. During the application process, Scholars identify an opportunity for improving the operations of their current units; this improvement project is the focus of their work as a Scholar. In addition, Scholars participate in the same coursework, instruction, and speakers series provided to BPI Fellows. Click here for additional curriculum detail.

Who should apply?

Full-time Emory employees (at least two years of service preferred) interested in developing their project management and business analytics skills are encouraged to apply. Scholars must have the support and sponsorship of their supervisors, with signoff from their Department Administrator or Chief Business Offer to apply. Successful applicants will have demonstrated strong leadership potential, excellent analytical and communication skills, and a team orientation.

What is the application process?

Candidates must submit their resume and completed application; their supervisors must submit a completed sponsorship statement. All materials should be emailed to by the deadline. Application and sponsorship forms are found below. Please note, there is a unique application for each application cycle.

*** Applications for the BPI Scholars cohort beginning in January 2017 are due Friday, November 4, 2016.***

BPI Fellows: For Recent Graduates

What is the BPI Fellows Program and how does it work?

BPI Fellows is a two-year management training program in which recent graduates learn and develop project management, communication, analytical, and leadership skills. In their first year, Fellows work as full-time BPI staff members. They enroll in BPI-sponsored coursework, receive instruction from Emory faculty and staff, and attend a speakers series. Click here for additional curriculum detail. In their second year, Fellows move from BPI projects to a full-time practicum within one or more Emory business units. Throughout the second year, coursework will continue. At successful program completion, Fellows are eligible for continued employment at Emory.

Who should apply?

Recent graduates, undergraduate seniors, or master’s degree candidates in the final year of their program are eligible. Candidates should have a professional interest in consulting-type work, higher education or nonprofit organizations, practice improvement, project management, and business analytics. Successful applicants will have demonstrated excellent analytical skills, strong communication abilities, an orientation toward problem solving, a team approach, and an aptitude for analytical tools and methodologies.

What is the application process?

When applications are being accepted, candidates can find BPI Fellow positions on both the Emory Human Resources Careers site (open to all candidates) and the Emory Career Center Handshake Site (only accessible by Emory students and recent graduates). Candidates should follow the application instructions indicated on those sites. Selection decisions will be made on a rolling basis, so candidates are encouraged to apply early once the application cycle opens. BPI will contact candidates who have been chosen for an interview during that timeframe.

Applications for BPI Fellows are not currently being accepted.  More updates will be posted if Fellows positions become available.


Program Curriculum Components

Program Coursework – Fellows and Scholars Participate

Classroom-style instruction facilitated by BPI Staff and taught by BPI and other Emory staff, faculty members, and outside consulting professionals. Each topic will be supplemented with pre-read literature and course materials. The content will cover a broad range of topics aimed at developing candidates’ project management and analytical skills and will include strategies for business practice improvement, business psychology, project management, data acquisition and analysis, finance, and communications.  Additionally, attendees will have exposure to graduate-level instruction by Emory faculty and staff.

Leadership Speakers Series – Fellows and Scholars Participate

A regular event in which a member of Emory leadership presents a particular topic of University management. These presentations will provide both Fellows and Scholars with an expanded view of management opportunities and challenges in higher education in areas that range from human resources to information technology to finance.

Hands-On Practice Improvement Project Work – Fellows and Scholars Participate

Practicum – Fellows Participate

In the second year of the program, each Fellow will rotate out to one or more Emory business units and serve there as a full-time staff member. Upon successful completion of the program, a fellow is eligible (but not guaranteed) to be hired by the unit(s) in which he/she was placed or another Emory unit.