We are seeking the most knowledgeable, inquisitive, ambitious, influential and highly networked leaders – the ones who are best positioned to identify and make headway on a big question, if they could just clear the decks.
The big questions we’re seeking are about how to solve the most complex challenges in LA — cleaning the air we breathe, housing the homeless, increasing school graduation rates, or promoting job growth in the creative industries, for example. We favor adaptive strategies, not technical fixes. We assume that the Stanton journey may not be linear, will likely involve both known stakeholders and new partners, and that it will require patience, perseverance and flexibility. Whether or not the problem is solved, we expect Stanton Fellows to share their lessons learned with colleagues in the field, so others can build upon that knowledge.
Each fellow designs his or her own inquiry and plan. We are looking for proposals that build on the fellow’s expertise and allow him or her to reach in new directions. Fellows should present plans that they would not otherwise be able to pursue in the course of their day-to-day work, if not for the Stanton Fellowship.
Possible use of the funds might include domestic or international travel, attending conferences, hiring research assistants or consultants, or a writing retreat. The goal is to enable fellows to expand knowledge, hone professional skills, form strategic alliances, and advance their work to the next level. It is presumed that the project will require the fellow’s release from regular responsibilities for planned segments of time, for a total of three months in blocks of two weeks or longer.