Seeking 2022 University Innovation Fellows!

Applications are live for the University Innovation Fellows program 2022 training cycle! The deadline is April 12, 2022.


This application is team-based; students and a faculty champion will work on one application together.

Faculty champions begin an application via our apply page and invite students to complete application materials. Each team member will have access to and be able to complete their piece of the application. Once all materials are completed, the faculty champion will submit the application on behalf of the team.

The following materials are required from faculty:

  1. A faculty application
  2. Payment of the $4,000 program fee
  3. An institutional letter of support from the university President, Provost, Chancellor, or other VP-level administrator

The following materials are required from each student applicant:

  • A student application, complete with written and video responses
  • Three letters of support from peers and mentors in the student’s community. Supporters will be invited via email and complete the letter of support online through our application platform.

Next Steps

The application deadline is April 12, 2022, at midnight Eastern Time. We take several weeks to review the application materials for each school. If all requirements have been met, we will email applicants an invitation to interview in June.

Current Fellows and UIF staff conduct interviews in leadership circles (up to 4 students applying from one school). These interviews are interactive and meant to showcase you as a team, whereas the application is to get to know you individually. If you are the only student applying from your school, you will be interviewed solo. All interviews are conducted by current University Innovation Fellows or team members, and recorded for review.

Once all interviews are completed, we will be in touch about your status with the program. 

Training Dates

Fall 2022 training will begin in late August, with an orientation hosted by the UIF team. Orientation is one hour and will be recorded if you are unable to join due to your time zone. Students as well as faculty champions are welcome to join this orientation call. During the call, you will meet the UIF team and learn about the 6 weeks of online training.

Training will concludes with your public launch as a University Innovation Fellow.

Training dates for 2022 are August 29 – October 9, 2022.

HBCU Funding

In February 2021, the University Innovation Fellows (UIF) program received a generous donation to fund the participation of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Students and educators at 60 HBCUs will have their program participation fees waived. Learn more here or email Humera Fasihuddin at

Apply for Fall 2022 UIF training here:

For more information, please visit our frequently asked questions page or contact the team at

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