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Deadline & Dates of Training

Fall 2018 Applications
Deadline: May 21, 2018

Spring 2018 Applications
Deadline: October 30, 2017
Training: January 6, 2018 – February 23, 2018
Orientation: January 6 at 11am ET

Application Details

Applications for the University Innovation Fellows program are team-based by school. All the application materials are listed below, and will need to be submitted for a school’s application to be complete. Please review the requirements and get started at least one week before the deadline.

Before you submit the team application, you will need the following items and information:

  • Completed faculty champion application;
  • Payment of the $4,000 program fee (the fee will be returned minus a $100 application fee should the students not be selected);
  • An institutional letter of support written by the President, Chancellor, Provost, or other VP-Level administrator and uploaded with the faculty application;
  • Completed student application (one per student);
  • Each student application requires three email addresses of peers or mentors, who will be invited to complete a letter of support on behalf of the student applying. We encourage students to find three unique individuals that can attest to their abilities and qualities that make them a good fit for the program. Faculty champions, by applying alongside the students as a team member, we consider this your version of the letter of support for each student from your school.

Schools new to the University Innovation Fellows program are limited to one leadership circle for the first training cohort.

How to apply

  1. The faculty champion should begin the application process here.
  2. Follow the link that says “Click Here to Apply.”
  3. Create a YouNoodle account (it’s the company that powers our application system).
  4. Create the team application and complete the faculty portion of the application.
  5. Invite the students from your school who are applying to the program.
  6. Monitor the status of your application and make sure all of the application items listed above are completed.
  7. Submit the team application once all application items are completed.


The ideal team of candidates demonstrate 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: students from all majors who have at least two more years left on campus; undergraduate, graduate and post-docs will be considered. We strongly discourage applicants who will graduate the year they are trained, or who plan to study abroad during their training year.
    • 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.
    • All ’round cool individual: candidates who the other University Innovation Fellows would want to have in their network as peers, friends and potential collaborators.