Author Fellowship Program

JRA Author Fellowship Program

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.

    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,

    For questions regarding the JRA Author Fellowship Program, please email

    Click here to learn more about past Author Fellowship cohorts!

    Cohort 8 Fellows and Peer Advisors

    Melissa Emanus, MS, CRA 

    Export Control & Research Compliance Officer
    The Research Foundation for SUNY, Downstate Health Sciences University

    Peer Advisor: Saiqa Anne Qureshi, PhD, MBA, Adjunct Faculty, John's Hopkins 


    Christie A.J. Moore, CRA, GPC 

    Managing Director
    Your Grant Writer

    Peer Advisor: J. Michael Slocum, JD, Principal, Slocum & Boddie, PLLC 


    Pooja Sathyanarayanan, MA, MSc 

    Research Operations Analyst
    Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope

    Peer Advisor: Gail Pyne-Geithman, PhD, MS, Medical Writer, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center 


    Grace Francisca, MA, CRA 

    Senior Operations Research Analyst
    City of Hope

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


    Michael Jones, DGMT, MBA 

    Administrative Director
    Mitochondrial Medicine Frontier Program, Division of Human Genetics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

    Peer Advisor: Angela Silva, PhD, CRA, Chief Strategy and Innovation, MultiCare Institute for Research and Innovation 


    Meaghan Ventura, MS, CRA 

    Lead Sponsored Projects Officer
    Abigail Warner Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital 

    Peer Advisor: Jessica Schiller, EdD, Grants Program Manager, University of Notre Dame


    Rita S. Graef, MS 

    Penn State Pasto Agricultural Museum and Armsby Respiration Calorimeter Historic Site 

    Peer Advisor: Jeanne Kisacky, PhD, Grant and Contract Officer, Cornell University 


    Christine Morris, BS, CRA 

    Grants Assistant Manager
    University of California, San Francisco 

    Peer Advisor: Julie Swaringim-Griffin, PhD, Assistant Vice President, Oklahoma State University 


    Heather Siedhoff, PhD 

    Scientific Editor
    Washington University School of Medicine

    Peer Advisor: Heather N. Russell-Simmons, MA MBA, Proposal Development Officer, University of Kentucky