DaVinci Fellows Application Instructions

2018 DaVinci Fellowship Application Instructions

The mission of The DaVinci Institute is to promote a statewide creativity renaissance through lectures, workshops, professional development, research and advocacy.

 The DaVinci Institute Board of Directors requests nominations for the DaVinci Fellowship. This Fellowship funds creative projects, broadly defined, among Oklahoma’s higher education faculty. Acting on the premise that creative thought and insight are fundamental components of extraordinary scholarship, invention, teaching, and performance across academic disciplines, the DaVinci Institute seeks nominees whose proposals for future projects reflect a high degree of innovation and creativity.

 Call For Research: Creativity Education Assessment Fellows

As a new category within DaVinci Fellowships, The DaVinci Institute is offering $1000 fellowships to promote scholarship in any area of creativity in education. Faculty at both two- and four-year institutions that are members of the DaVinci Institute are eligible to apply for these fellowships and may apply as individuals or collaborative groups.  Collaborative projects will be eligible for a single award.

DaVinci seeks to encourage increased understanding about the efficacy of various approaches to developing human creativity.  Researchers are encouraged to submit proposals that answer questions such as: How do you develop the aptitude to be creative? How do you know when it works?  What assessment tools could be used to measure creativity?  These projects may apply to a wide variety of educational settings, including K-12, higher education, corporate training, and community development.

Fellowship selectees will receive a DaVinci “Vitruvian Man” medal and a $1000 grant to apply to any aspect of completing the proposed project.

DaVinci Fellows will be asked to provide a brief presentation about the completed project to the board of directors approximately one year after receiving funding. The board reserves the right to determine the time, date, and location of this presentation in consultation with each Fellow.

The deadline for applications is January 5, 2018


Each institution may nominate up to two faculty members for this award.

The award selection committee will judge nominees according to the following criteria.

  • Complexity of issue(s) to be addressed in the proposed project
  • Fresh perspective/creative approaches employed in the proposed project
  • Record of effectiveness of previous projectsAnyone is eligible to make nominations for this award.Nominators must submit the following documents for the individual they wish to propose for the 2018 DaVinci Fellowship.
  1. Nomination Information Cover Letter Form with required signatures of the nominator and a representative of the provost’s office at the nominee’s institution.
  2. Letter of Recommendation from the Nominator (not to exceed one typewritten page) that introduces the nominee’s academic credentials and describes their exceptional merits.
  3. Narrative of Nominee (not to exceed three typewritten pages):
    3.1 Identification of the complex issue(s), problem or situation to be addressed in the project proposed for Fellowship funding3.2  Explanation of the creative approaches employed in the proposed project3.3  Description of how the project will be completed

    3.4  Description of the effectiveness and/or results of the nominee’s previous related accomplishments (this may include, but is not limited to: published scholarly works, completed presentations/lectures/exhibitions/performances, programs or other initiatives already in place or completed [summer programs, long-term, continuing community engagement, etc.]

  4. Supporting materials directly related to Narrative (not to exceed ten pages) [this may include, but is not limited to: visual materials, letters of commitment, evidence of similar projects successfully completed by the applicant, promotional materials, research data, etc.]

For applicants’ reference, the scoring rubric is provided below.


Submit all of the documents in as few files as possible – preferably as one PDF. File labels should include the nominee’s name and DaVinciFellowApp. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Nominations and supporting materials must be submitted electronically to


no later than January 5, 2018.  All nominees will receive a notification of application receipt.

Award recipients will be identified by February 16, 2018.

The Award Celebration will be held on March 30, 2018 at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City. Previous recipients are featured on the website at www.davinciok.org. Awardee attendance at the DaVinci Awards Celebration is required, and the Fellow’s home institution is expected to sponsor a table at the event to cover the awardee’s costs and help celebrate their achievement.

DaVinci Fellowship Nomination Information Cover Letter Form

Each institution may nominate up to two faculty members.  Nomination Cover Letter should include:

Information about the Nominee
Name ( Mr. Ms. Mrs. Dr.)

Academic Discipline
Years in the Education Profession

Information about the Nominator:

Name (Mr. Ms. Mrs. Dr. )
Daytime Phone (_______) ______________________________
Signature  and Date

Representative of the Office of the Provost or Academic Vice-President:

Name (Mr. Ms. Mrs. Dr. )
Daytime Phone (_______) ______________________________
Signature and Date


DaVinci Fellowship Rubric (For Reference Purposes)

Creative thinking is both the capacity to combine or synthesize existing ideas, images or expertise in original ways and the experience of thinking, reacting and working in an imaginative way characterized by a high degree of innovation, divergent thinking, and risk taking.

The maximum score is 25 points. Scoring is based on a point scale with the points applied in the following manner:

  1. Letter of Recommendation from Nominator (one typewritten page): 1-5 points.The letter should give you a clear picture of the candidate’s credentials and not just platitudes.Total points for Recommendation____________
  2. Narrative of Nominee: (one to three typewritten pages): 3-15 points.The scoring options in the first two cells allow you to score within the designated point range.

Criteria as stated in Nomination Form


5 or 4 points


3 or 2 points


1 point

Total points per criteria

Identification of complex issue(s), problem or situation for which the individual is being nominated

Evaluates and seeks out unique domain-appropriate challenge

Addresses a domain-appropriate challenge

Tackles an unremarkable task

Explanation of creative approach to the issue(s)

Not only develops a logical, consistent plan to solve problem, but recognizes consequences of solution and can articulate reason for choosing solution

Having selected from among alternatives, develops a logical, consistent plan to solve the problem

Only a single approach is considered and is used to solve the problem

Description of the effectiveness and/or results of the nominee’s past accomplishments

Transforms ideas or solutions into entirely new forms or product to create new knowledge or knowledge that crosses boundaries

Connects ideas or solutions in novel way; creates a novel or unique idea, question, format, or product

Recognizes existing connections among ideas or solutions or reformulates a collection of available ideas

Total points for Narrative___________

C. Supporting Materials (max ten pages): 0-5 points.

Total points for Supporting Materials __________

Please note that this rubric is for reference only.

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