Author Fellowship Program

JRA Author Fellowship Program in Brief

The goal of the JRA Author Fellowship Program is to increase the confidence, capacity, and willingness of research administrators to serve the field and share their expertise as peer-reviewed or refereed journal authors. Prospective authors (Fellows) are paired with published Peer Advisors for a nine-month supportive fellowship.

    Cohort 8 - Applications Now Open!

    Submit your application

    Deadline: Friday, December 1, 2023

    Applicants must be a member of the Society of Research Administrators International (SRAI).

    Important Dates:

    • September 29, 2023 – Application Period Opens
    • December 1, 2023 - Applications Due
    • February 2, 2024 – Notification to Applicants
    • February 9, 2024– Cohort 8 Begins

    Prospective Authors New to the Publishing Experience

    Have you thought about writing an article for the Journal of Research Administration (JRA) but didn’t know where to begin? JRA’s Author Fellowship Program can help. The program pairs budding writers with published authors who will provide assistance for nine (9) months on:

    • developing a literature review in support of a proposed topic; and/or
    • expanding an article proposal to a complete draft.

    To be eligible to be a Fellow, you must be a SRAI member, and complete the online application. 

    Published Authors Willing to Provide Guidance for Writers

    Are you a published author who wants to share your expertise with aspiring authors and make a contribution to the research administration profession? We are looking for Peer Advisors who have published at least one peer-reviewed article to support Fellows by advising on:

    • literature review sources;
    • overall structure and content of an article proposal or a complete draft; and/or
    • response to reviewer comments.

    Fellow Peer Advisors are not expected to serve as proofreaders or copy editors. Peer Advisors should be willing to commit one to four hours per month during the fellowship period, which will span nine (9) months, depending on the level of assistance requested by the Fellow.

    To apply to be a Fellow Peer Advisor, you have to be a member of SRAI, and complete the online application. 

    Author Fellowship Program Committee


    • Holly Zink, Director, Research & Programs, CureSearch for Children's Cancer
    • Rani Muthukrishnan, Director of Research Compliance,

    Meet Cohort 7 Fellows (and their Peer Advisors)


    Kelly Alongi, MSEd, CPRA, CRA (USA)

    Senior Research Development Specialist
    Southern Illinois University Carbondale 

    Peer Advisor: Julie Swaringim-Griffin, PhD, Assistant Vice President, Central Sponsored Programs Administration, Oklahoma State University (USA)


    Heather Lowmiller, MS (USA)

    Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs
    Indiana Wesleyan University 

    Peer Advisor: Doug Mounce, Grants & Contracts Manager, University of Washington Cancer Vaccine Institute, University of Washington (USA)


    Olumide Odeyemi, PhD, ARMS (AUSTRALIA)


    Research Administration Officer
    Research Division, Strategic Research Funding, University of Tasmania 

    Peer Advisor: Heather Russel-Simmons, Proposal Development Officer, University of Kentucky (USA)


    Katherine Bui, MS, CRA (USA)

    Clinical Trial Research Process Manager 
    Stanford University, School of Medicine 

    Peer Advisor: Keith Berry, PhD, Research Development Specialist, University of Arkansas (USA)


    Allison Maldonado, PhD (USA)

    Grants & Database Manager
    Community Enrichment Center

    Peer Advisor: Alicen Nickson, MBA, Director, Research & Innovation, Cranfield University (UK)


    Devon Hill, MA (USA)

    Tier 1 Research Initiative Grant Writer 
    Oklahoma State University 

    Peer Advisor: Angela Silva, CRA, Chief Strategy and Innovation, MultiCare Institute for Research and Innovation (USA)


    Betty Morgan, CRA, RAA (USA)

    Grants & Contracts Manager 
    Duke University 

    Peer Advisor: Michael Owen, Dean, Faculty of Education, Brock University (CA)