Directed Research Fellowship

Directed Research Fellowship

The Directed Research Fellowship (DRF) program supports doctoral candidate, post-doc fellow, and junior faculty work on a research focus area specified by think2perform RESEARCH INSTITUTE (t2pRI).

Call for Directed Research Fellowship Proposals

Research Focus Area: Leadership in Virtual Environments

Leadership of teams and organizations has changed dramatically since 2020. Leadership in virtual team and organizational environments is a fact of life, yet we do not yet understand why some leaders, teams and organizations succeed in transitioning to virtual collaboration, team-building and goal achievement, while others do not.

We seek research proposals that address the virtual leadership question today, with an eye toward helping leaders, team members and organizations grow into great leadership and collaboration in the virtual environments of tomorrow.

Additional details regarding fellowship benefits, requirements and expectations are outlined below.

Proposals will be accepted through June 1, 2023.


Applicants should:

  • Be a doctoral candidate, post doc, or junior faculty at an accredited university or college.
  • Be in good standing with your university.
  • Complete a well-defined research proposal.
  • Complete application requirements by deadline.

Application and Evaluation Criteria

Our directed research program is appropriate for junior faculty, post-docs, and doctoral students who are developing new research in emotional intelligence, moral intelligence, and purpose for practical use in management and the workplace, and/or in career development and training in the business and non-profit sectors.

Qualifying criteria:

  • Must be a current doctoral student, post-doc or faculty member with an accredited higher education institution.
  • The research must advance leadership in virtual environments through practical applications of emotional intelligence, moral intelligence, and purpose.
  • The research must apply and be relevant for leaders of businesses and non-profits.


Once selected, think2perform Research Institute Directed Research Fellows receive the following benefits:

  • Candidates are eligible for grants of $3,000 to $5,000. Funding may be applied to direct costs of research and collaboration, including time, travel, data collection and analysis.
  • Each Research Fellow will be profiled on t2pRI’s website and receive recognition in t2pRI’s social media.
  • After completing the research, each Research Fellow will be eligible to submit an article summarizing his/her findings for publication on t2pRI’s website, including publication in the Social Impact Paper Series.


Research should culminate in:

  • A summary of findings, including recommendations for practical application.
  • A presentation of research findings to t2pRI’s Board of Directors.
  • Upon request, a written contribution to t2pRI’s Social Impact Paper Series for publication on the t2pRI website.
  • Upon request, a profile and summary in t2pRI’s social media.
  • Upon request, a presentation of findings at a t2pRI conference.

Application Components:

The application for the Research Fellowship consists of the following elements:

  • A 3-5 page proposal describing the research, including executive summary, research question, literature review, research methods, expected practical application of the research, and research timeline.
  • A two-page project bibliography.
  • Abbreviated CV including most relevant past publications, two pages maximum.
  • A proposed budget for the research.
  • Two references able to speak to the quality of the proposer’s research agenda.

Evaluation Criteria:

Demonstrated excellence of applicant and proposed research project, including:

  • Applicant body of work and alignment with Directed Research Focus Area defined by t2pRI (see above).
  • Project quality, including intellectual merit and contribution to the field.
  • Anticipated practical application of the findings to organizations, including businesses and nonprofits, and individuals wishing to develop their leadership in virtual environments.
  • Proposed use of funds.

Application Submission Process:

Applications should be submitted to Executive Director Brian Hammer, PhD at by the specified deadline date.

Review Process:

Only completed applications will be reviewed. The review process consists of two steps:

  1. The completed application will be reviewed and ranked by the t2pRI Fellowship Review Committee, including members of the t2pRI Board of Directors.
  2. Highly-ranked applicants will be invited to interview with the t2pRI Fellowship Review Committee.

A final decision will be made on the basis of the above two steps.

Recommended Background Information For Proposals:

Prospective applicants are encouraged to review the seminal works of t2pRI Board Members and Special Advisors, including:

For more information about current and former Research Fellowship recipients and their research, please visit our Research Fellows and Projects page.

For more information about the Research Fellowship, please contact:

Brian Hammer, PhD, Executive Director  |  |  +1 612.843.5017