International Innovation Corps Fellowship

Supports year-long social innovation opportunity in India

The International Innovation Corps (IIC) connects top-performing US and Indian college graduates with Indian public sector enterprises for one-year assignments that tackle discrete and tractable but important social challenges.

The IIC places teams of five outstanding and committed fellows to volunteer with a partner institution in India for a one-year period.  Each team is comprised of graduates from a variety of disciplines who are trained in the US and India in innovative design, social entrepreneurship, management consulting skills, and leadership.

At least two top performers from the partner institution work with the IIC team for the duration of the project, with each team totaling seven members. The seven person team receives support throughout the project from an India-based lead mentor who understands rapid innovation in the Indian context and a team of international ‘light-touch’ mentors experienced in global best practices.

In addition, IIC provides fellows with at least two support personnel who provide personal logistical support. Each team works together to accomplish the project’s goals. Product driven goals are established for each project, and on-going evaluations scrutinize short-term and long-term impacts.

Together, IIC teams and partner institutions complete projects that produce impactful outcomes, thereby learning how to rapidly innovate and implement solutions in complex settings.

Deadline Information

Deadline: Ongoing


Each fellow will be matched to one project based on individual project preferences and the skills necessary for each project. Fellows will work on projects in teams of 5.

Each IIC team will receive 5 weeks of training before beginning project work:

  • 3 weeks at the University of Chicago
  • 2 weeks at the University of Chicago Delhi Center

Training will focus on creative design, social entrepreneurship, leadership and management skills, and Indian history and culture. It will also include practical training specific to each project’s area of work.

During the13-month fellowship, each team will receive project support from a network of project-specific mentors as well as from leaders within their partner institution.

Eligibility Requirements

The IIC Fellows program is open to recent and forthcoming University of Chicago graduates of the college and any graduate degree program, as well as to Indian citizens or PIO/OCI card-holders. University of Chicago applicants must fall into one of the following categories:

  • Students in the College who expect to graduate at the end of the current academic year
  • Recent alumni graduates of the College
  • Current academic year graduates of any graduate degree program, including Masters and PhDs
  • Current students in a graduate degree program who will not be completing their program in the current academic year, but plan to take a leave of absence

Application Process

All individuals applying for the IIC fellowship must complete the IIC application, which includes a resume, cover letter, transcript, letter of recommendation, innovation proposal, and application information form. Online applications are handled through the Harris School of Public Policy's online application management system.

A complete application consists of the following materials:

  • Resume (1 page, PDF format)
  • Cover letter (1 page, PDF format)
    • Why does the IIC appeal to you?
    • How will your particular background and skills allow you to contribute to the inaugural class of IIC fellows?  Please address any international experience and interests.
    • What do you hope to achieve by being an IIC fellow?
  • Transcript
    • Please upload a transcript in PDF format from any degree-granting institution (undergraduate and graduate) you have attended. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
  • Letter of Recommendation
    • Please submit a letter of recommendation in PDF format on your behalf. We accept letters of recommendation from both academic and professional sources, and encourage you to submit a letter from an individual who has had the opportunity to evaluate you thoughtfully and individually over time.
    • If your recommender comes from outside the University of Chicago community, please ask them to include background/context on who they are. While only one letter of recommendation is required for your application to be complete, we will accept a maximum of two letters of recommendation. Please ask your recommender(s) to send the letter in PDF format to
  • Innovation Proposal
    • A creative solution to a social problem in India. You may choose from 3 prompts and asked to respond in any format under 2 pages. A complete description of the innovation proposal guidelines can be found on the application.
  • Applicant Information Form
    • After submitting your application materials through CCC, please fill out the following form: Your application will not be considered complete without the submission of this form.