Now Accepting Applications for Spring 2018 UIF Program

Applications are live for the University Innovation Fellows program Spring 2018 training cycle!

Please apply here:


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

What You Need

The following materials are required:

  1. One application per student;
  2. 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 YouNoodle;
  3. A faculty application, complete with the $4,000 program fee;
  4. One institutional letter of support from the university President, Provost, Chancellor, or other VP-level administrator, uploaded with the faculty champion application.

Next Steps

The application deadline is October 30, 2017, 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.

We 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 and recorded for review.

Once all interviews are completed, we will be in touch about your status with the program. Interviews run for about a month, so you should hear from the program team in mid-December.

Training Dates

Spring 2018 training will begin on Saturday, January 6, 2018, with orientation at 11 am Eastern Time. 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 conclude with your official launch as a University Innovation Fellow on February 16, 2018.

March Meetup

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be invited to attend our Silicon Valley Meetup on March 15-19, 2018. You will learn more about this event at orientation and throughout training.

Apply for Spring 2018 UIF training here:

For more information, please visit our frequently asked questions page or contact Katie Dzugan at and +1 (413)-274-7077.

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