Global Advisory Board

The Global Advisory Board was formed in 2019 and is your opportunity as a WMI Scholar to actively impact and influence the future of the Scholar Journey experience and new WMI programs.

New board members will be appointed each year, with each scholar serving a 3-year term. The next application period will begin on February 8, 2021. 

Most board member responsibilities and work will be completed remotely and on video conference calls. However, there will be one in-person board meeting scheduled per year with mandatory attendance. If you are interested in helping WMI grow and to serve fellow scholars, keep reading to see if you qualify and the steps to apply!

Board Member Responsibilities

WMI Global Advisory Board Members are invested in the scholar experience and exemplify the values of community leadership, partnership, and honesty. Board members have the responsibility to serve as the collective voice of WMI Scholars and will provide direction and recommendations on a wide variety of issues to the Wells Mountain Initiative organization. Does this sound like you? If so, keep reading to learn about the responsibilities members will have. 

Board members will: 

  • Act as ambassadors of the WMI Scholars Program
  • Primary focus: Work with fellow board members to implement one new scholar-led project per year
  • Secondary focus: Engage all scholars to participate in on-going and growing scholar-led programs (Fellowships, GAB webinar series, Educate Your Own, etc.)
  • On-going engagement: Serve on a Global Advisory Board subcommittee.
  • GAB Subcommittees: Policy and document review, Educate Your Own, Scholar Review Board, GAB Webinar Series
  • Annually: Assist in reviewing scholarship applications and participate in regional finalist interviews
  • Work in partnership with WMI Regional Coordinators to serve as a liaison between scholars staff
  • Brainstorm and share new opportunities that could be beneficial for all scholars
  • Honor confidentiality

Required Time Investment

Before applying for this opportunity be sure that you will be able to commit to this global leadership position. Be honest with yourself, evaluate your current responsibilities and those that may develop in the next few months and years. 

A Global Advisory Board Member will be responsible to invest their time in this position in the following ways: 

  • Must be able to commit to a three-year term as a board member and prioritize monthly meetings which will be scheduled in advance
  • Actively participate in board member monthly video conference calls (1.5 hours per month)
  • Attend special meetings when scheduled (up to 3 additional hours per month)
  • Be prompt to review meeting notes and add contributions to shared team documents
  • Independently prepare for upcoming calls and complete assigned tasks on time
  • Prioritize attendance at the annual in-person meeting (location and date to be announced and travel assistance to be provided by WMI) and any other in-person meetings that will be organized for the board

Qualifications of a Global Advisory Board Member

  • The Global Advisory Board will welcome new board members every year. 

To apply for this position, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a WMI Student Scholar in good standing: Has consistently completed 100 hours of documented community service and has submitted grades or letters of good standing on time.
  • Only Student Scholars who will complete their studies within the next two years are eligible to apply.
  • Be a WMI Graduate Scholar in good standings: Completed tertiary degree studies and has submitted the most recent Graduate Scholar Annual Survey.
  • Must be able to commit to a three-year term as a board member and prioritize meetings which will be scheduled in advance.
  • Priority in the selection process will be given to scholars who are currently living in their country/region and intend to live in their country/region for the full-term of their board appointment (next three years). 

Application & Selection Process

There will be a two-step application process for those who qualify.

Step 1: Complete the online Global Advisory Board Member Application 2021 between February 8 – 22, 2021.

Preliminary results: All applicants will receive an email on March 5, 2021 announcing the finalists.

Step 2: Finalists will be invited to schedule a video interview between March 9 – 23, 2021.

Selection process: An overarching goal of the Global Advisory Board is for the board to represent the diversity of our WMI Scholar population. Thus, an element of the final selection process will take into account balancing gender, geographic diversity, varied academic/occupational focuses, and a mix of student and graduate scholars.

Final results: All finalists will receive an email on April 1, 2021. In addition, selected board members will be announced on the WMI Scholars & Graduate Scholars Facebook group on the same day.

1st Global Advisory Board meeting for new members: The first board meeting in which new members will attend will take place during the week of April 5th, 2021.

              To learn more about this opportunity, please contact:

Nicole Schmitz, Assistant Director