APPLICATION: University Innovation Fellows Program
Each campus must submit a student and faculty application to be eligible for an interview
Two Annual Rolling Admission Deadlines:
Fall 2013: September 16th | Spring 2014: February 10th
About the Program
The University Innovation Fellows are part of a national movement to ensure that students gain the necessary attitudes, skills and knowledge required for them to compete in the economy of the future. These student leaders from schools around the country work with their peers to catalyze even greater levels of innovation and venture activity on their campuses. The program is run by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter), funded by the National Science Foundation and directed by Stanford University and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA). Read more »
Why Host a University Innovation Fellow?
Using their unique perspective as students and working with their peer volunteers, University Innovation Fellows work to enhance the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem on their campuses. Learn how a University Innovation Fellow might be of value to your campus.
Why Become a University Innovation Fellow?
From helping create maker spaces to starting student-led venture funds, engineers and their peers are working to create lasting institutional change that will increase student body’s exposure and opportunity to developing skills in creativity, innovation, design thinking, entrepreneurship and venture creation. Learn more about becoming a University Innovation Fellow.
Criteria for selection
The ideal candidate demonstrates a strong interest in innovation, creativity and the entrepreneurial mindset coupled with a genuine desire to inspire fellow students and make a positive impact on campus. We like to select students who are:
- Actively enrolled: ideally rising juniors, but underclassmen/women and graduate students will also be considered.
- Engineering, ideally, or STEM majors: students who realize the importance of these technical majors paired with an entrepreneurial mindset, creativity, design thinking and innovation to excel personally and as a society. Students in other majors who value innovation should also apply!
- Action oriented: students who possess a great attitude, strong listening skills and exceptional execution abilities.
- Respected by friends and classmates: candidates who can inspire peers and recruit/manage/empower a team of volunteers.
- Insightful and mature: students who can develop a rapport with faculty and institutional leadership, build support and form coalitions.
- Strategic thinkers: students who understand that change in academia is not easy, but possesses the persistence, perseverance and willingness to set up systems that will continue even after they graduate.
- Cool all ’round individual: candidates who the other University Innovation Fellows would want to have in their network as peers, friends and potential collaborators.
NEW! Leadership Circle
We are pleased to announce the piloting of a team-based approach to training Fellows on campus. Faculty identifying up to five strong student candidates, each with letters of support, may put forth a letter from the College or University President (or Vice President / Vice Chancellor / Vice Provost) requesting formation of a University Innovation Fellows Leadership Circle. In doing so, the team of five will develop and implement strategies together, and students will gain greater traction in starting an innovation and entrepreneurship movement. Faculty may apply for this pilot by putting forth multiple candidates on the Faculty Sponsorship Application, available at dreamdesigndeliver.org/apply. Applications will be evaluated based on the commitment expressed by the institutional leader, the breadth of class years and diversity of student majors.
*The fee for the pilot will remain $2,000 and includes a travel stipend for one student. The team may elect to seek funding through other sources to send additional students to the OPEN 2014 conference.
Student leadership | UI Fellow Strategies | Strategic Resources | Landscape Analysis | Developing a Workplan | Fundraising
TYPICAL WEEK: expect to spend 2-6 hours per week during training
Review assigned materials | Complete assignment | Attend WebEx meeting with class | Repeat until complete
ACADEMIC CALENDAR: expect to spend 6-8 hours per week during the school year
Six-week UI Fellow Training (online) | Hold public kick-off meeting | Begin executing on projects | Attend one-on-one coaching & monthly national WebEx meetings | If applicable, recruit successor | Revise landscape analysis | Present at 18th Annual OPEN conference (San Jose, CA) | Repeat
During the course of six weeks, we take students through a process of mapping their entrepreneurial ecosystem, identifying a work plan, recruiting volunteers and kicking off a series of activities designed to create lasting and positive enhancements to the entrepreneurial climate on campus. The best part of this highly experiential training is that bright engineering students are learning from peers across the country, benchmarking the best of entrepreneurial ecosystems, gathering ideas and forming an essential support network. All throughout the year, students are given exclusive access to monthly national WebEx meetings, reports and online social networks that support ongoing communications. During their year-long tenure as UI Fellows, students go on to hold multiple campus-wide events, experiential learning opportunities, and projects that benefit their campus engineering entrepreneurship programs. NCIIA provides new Fellows with a travel stipend to attend the 18th Annual OPEN conference, produced in partnership with Epicenter. The conference convenes national faculty and student leaders to discuss the best in changemaking strategies.
About the online training
Students receive course materials online and are assigned tasks that engage individuals from national leaders to campus stakeholders. Assignments are designed to teach in truly experiential fashion, so the mere act of completing a homework assignment teaches them how to lead a movement on campus. Students share their experiences, gaining feedback and learning from one another, during a one-hour meeting via WebEx Online Conferencing platform. Students who miss a course due to finals and other pressing commitments share their update via YouTube and get a link to the hour-long recording the day they miss the course.
To learn more, contact Humera Fasihuddin at 413-587-2172, or by email.