Coleman Fellowship

Coleman Fellowships
Request for Proposals
Proposals are due June 1 of each calendar year 

The Coleman Foundation and the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship are pleased to announce opportunities for Fresno State faculty to apply for Coleman Fellowships.

Coleman Fellowships offer a two-semester stipend to faculty to support the development of curricula incorporating elements of entrepreneurship into an existing course, or for the creation of a new course with entrepreneurial content in their academic discipline. Of particular interest are proposals that seek to develop curricula in non-traditional areas of entrepreneurship and innovation. Faculties from all disciplines on campus are eligible for a Coleman Fellowship.

Awards will go to proposals that clearly demonstrate how entrepreneurship can be integrated into a discipline and provide relevant learning to students. In addition, courses taught by Coleman Fellows serve as "electives" for more than 150 students currently pursuing a degree in entrepreneurship in the Craig School of Business.

Proposals that have a high probability for multi-year offerings will receive the highest priority for funding.

Stipends are $5,000 for the year, with a $2,000 allocation made at the end of the fall semester and a $3,000 allocation made at the end of the spring semester.

In addition, awardees are required to attend the Coleman Fellows Workshop held in Chicago, Illinois. More than 175 Fellows from universities across the United States in a wide variety of disciplines are currently engaged in this program.

Awardees are expected to develop the course during the fall semester with an implementation in the spring. In some instances, course delivery in the fall semester can be acceptable.

The Lyles Center hosts a monthly workshop with new and past Coleman Fellows to discuss course work, programs, and exchange ideas. Coleman Fellows are expected to attend and contribute. A Certificate in Innovation is currently being pursued which would incorporate Coleman Fellow courses.

Applications for the Coleman Fellowships must be received by June 1 of each calendar year. Announcements of awards will happen by June 30 of each calendar year. The application should include the following information:

  • Description of the proposed course (250 words or less)
  • List of learning objectives for the course
  • How entrepreneurship will be incorporated into the course topic
  • Statement on how the course will be sustained as an offering beyond the current academic year
  • Three page c.v.
  • Letter of support from your department Chair and Dean, which should clearly state the College, School or Department is in support of incorporating the course into the curricula

Apply for a Coleman Fellowship Here

2015 - 2016 Coleman Fellow Awardees

Dean Davis, Fashion Study Tours
Liza Herzig, Nutrition Assessment and Community Nutrition
Frederick Nelson, Methods and Materials for Secondary Science Teaching
Jes Therkelsen, Media Production Entrepreneurial Concepts

2014 - 2015 Coleman Fellow Awardees:

Hongwei Dong, Introduction to Urban Planning
Richard Wanjema, Internet Design
Wei Wu, Construction IT and Entrepreneurship

2013 - 2014 Coleman Fellow Awardees:

The Nguyen, Entrepreneurship in New Product Design
Fariborz Tehrani, Construction Management Entrepreneurship

2012 - 2013 Coleman Fellow Awardees:

Manoochehr Zoghi, Construction Management Entrepreneurship

2011 - 2012 Coleman Fellow Awardees:

Florence Cassel, Entrepreneurship In Water Management and Irrigation Technology
Andy Hansz, Entrepreneurial Activity in Real Estate
Elisa Valdez, Floral Design Entrepreneurship 

2010 - 2011 Coleman Fellow Awardees:

Mohan Dangi, Introduction to Environmental Entrepreneurship
A. Sameh El Kharbawy, Design Internship: Opportunities for Innovation, Service-Learning and Social Enterprise

2009 - 2010 Coleman Fellow Awardees:

He Yan Beal, Entrepreneurship in International Retailing.
Matthew Jendian and Don Simmons, Entrepreneurial Approaches to Sustainable Community Partnerships

2008 - 2009 Coleman Fellow Awardees:

Lizhu Davis, Fashion Entrepreneurship

Henry Delcore, An Interdisciplinary Approach to Entrepreneurship Education in Engineering, Social Science and Business

Dave Goorahoo, Organic Farming for Entrepreneurs

2007 - 2008 Coleman Fellow Awardees:

Corey Whitehead and Don Priest, Entrepreneurship in the Arts: Digital Distribution of Media
Klaus Tenbergen, Entrepreneurship for the Food Industry
Reza Raeisi, Engineering Entrepreneurship and Community Engagement

2006 - 2007 Coleman Fellow Awardees:

Betsy Hays, Public Relations Entrepreneurship
Chung Hoon Lee, Mems and Nanotechnology for Entrepreneurs
Tomaz Wielicki and Rafael Solis, Project Management for Entrepreneurs
Miles Ishigaki, Music for Entrepreneurs

2005 - 2006 Coleman Fellow Awardees:

James Mullooly, Applied Anthropology of Entrepreneurship
Lynn Forsthye, Law for Entrepreneurs
Craig Scharton, Urban Entrepreneurship