United Board Fellows Program

The United Board Fellows Program is designed to answer the needs of leadership development for mid-career faculty and administrators from Asian colleges and universities. Through this program, the United Board develops dynamic leaders who will advance whole person education within their home institutions.

Traditionally, this one-year experience features a unique higher education leadership development experience, with three main components - an intensive two-week summer institute; a one-to-four-month placement, or a two-week study trip in Asia; and a final seminar.

Due to the pandemic and the continuous travel restriction, we are introducing some changes to the program design in the 2022-2023 cohort. First, the two-week intensive summer institute will be spaced out virtually with two half day sessions (every second Thursday and Friday) over eight months’ time. It will still be curated and delivered by our partner Singapore Management University. Second, we will not require a mandatory placement or trip during this year’s program. However, if Fellows are interested, they can choose an optional two-week study trip either in or outside of one’s home country in Asia (excluding Australia and New Zealand). We plan to conduct a week-long in-person seminar in May 2023 in Singapore to conclude the one-year program. We hope these changes will allow more flexibility for interested candidates to attend. The United Board will also continue to re-evaluate our future program design as the pandemic evolves.

Fellows have opportunities to learn about:

  • styles of leadership, organizational structure, and educational management;
  • alternative pedagogical styles to enrich their own teaching;
  • developments in their academic fields; and
  • self-care, ethics, and spiritual nurturance.

For more information, contact ubfellows@unitedboard.org.

Click here to watch a video of our United Board Leadership Summit 2021

Meet our 2022-2023 United Board Fellows!

To learn more about United Board programs and support for whole person education, please contact the individual responsible for your region. Click here for contact information.

The application for the 2022-2023 United Board Fellows Program is now closed.

2022-2023 Application Materials


  • The United Board Fellows program gives the fellows an opportunity to experience new cultures, practices and helps them customize those learning in home institutions. This program also helps institutions to collaborate and learn from each other.

    Dr. Amalanathan Saminathan,
    CHRIST (Deemed to be University), India

  • The program has completely transformed the way I think, process and act in my professional and personal life. It was a real whole person education that I acquired through this experience.

    Dr. Sridevi Venkatachalam,
    Lady Doak College, India

  • The Fellows Program offered me unforgettable lessons to ponder over where I have been, where I am, and where I am headed as a Christian leader. This one-year leadership training changed my perspective of leadership.

    Dr. Yoonsun Lee,
    Seoul Women’s University, South Korea

  • The Fellows Program has widened my knowledge, enlightened me about strategic visions, and offered me new experience of leading an institution. It has been proved so fruitful to me and prepared me to take up the role as president of a university.

    Dr. NGO Thi Phuong Lan,
    University of Social Sciences and Humanities,
    Vietnam National University, Vietnam

  • Something I learned at the Summer Institute has actually become one of my guiding principles. As school leaders, we do not always have control over the results, but we do have control over the conditions that will bring about success in our institutions.

    Dr. Annabelle Balor,
    University of St. La Salle, Philippines

Meet Our Program Participants