Applications Open for Fall 2019 UIF Training

Applications are live for the University Innovation Fellows program Fall 2019 training cycle! The deadline is March 31, 2019.


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:

  1. A student application, complete with written and video responses
  1. 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 March 31, 2019, 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.

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 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 2019 training will begin on September 3, 2019, 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 conclude on October 17, with your public launch as a University Innovation Fellow on October 28, 2019.

Spring 2020 Meetup

In order to attend a University Innovation Fellows Meetup in Spring 2020, Fellows will be required to demonstrate action and learning, or measurable progress with their projects. Learn more about this new requirement here.

Apply for Fall 2019 UIF training here:

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

Announcing: New Rate for Community Colleges


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Community Colleges and four-year institutions have the ability to be positive forces for change by creating social ties between student innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E) communities in a specific region. When we encourage these communities to be more closely tied, there is a stronger pull to map out transfer plans and strengthen the resources within the surrounding community that are vital to student success.

The University Innovation Fellows program is introducing a new community college rate that allows a two-year institution to sponsor up to two students from their school. The new rate allows community college leaders to enhance the community college ecosystem by engaging students in leading an innovation movement and creating pathways between the two-year and four-year institution’s I&E ecosystems.

This announcement is following a two-year pilot with Texas Tech (Lubbock, TX) and their community college partner, South Plains College. Learn more about the positive enhancements to the South Plains College innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem on and about the student lead, Fellow Tad Davis.

Application Details for Community Colleges

Institution sponsorship of up to two students will require:

1. $2,000 program fee paid through the sponsor application;
2. a letter of support from the Community College President; and
3. a letter from the innovation and entrepreneurship collaborators at the partnering 4-year institution.

Each student applying will need to submit the following:

1. A student application, submitted individually;
2. A letter of support per student from the sponsor or other mentor on campus.

Get started by visiting our application page. For questions, visit our FAQ page or contact Katie Dzugan, If you know a community college that would benefit from the University Innovation Fellows movement, tell us about them.

Note: As we encourage multiple students to apply as leadership circles, students do apply separately and must arrange for a letter of support from a faculty member, staff, previous employer or anyone who can attest to their leadership qualities.