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University Innovation Fellows

The University Innovation Fellows is a program of Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design ( The program was created as part of the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter), a five-year National Science Foundation grant.

The University Innovation Fellows program empowers students to become agents of change at their schools. The Fellows are a national community of students leading a movement to ensure that all students gain the necessary attitudes, skills and knowledge required to compete in the economy of the future. These student leaders from schools around the country create new opportunities that help their peers develop an entrepreneurial mindset, build creative confidence, seize opportunities, define problems and address global challenges.

Applications for 2019/2020 program are now open. Submit your Expression of Interest Today!


Silicon Valley Meet Up

More than 300 Fellows and will take part in a four packed days of activities. They will spend their time learning at Google, Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (, and Microsoft, and tour several Bay Area companies and organizations. You will learn everything from how to create spaces for innovation to how to be effective leaders and supportive followers. All of the activities are focused on giving participants tools, connections and inspiration to make lasting changes back at their home institutions.

Online Training

University Innovation Fellows program leaders train candidate Fellows during an intensive 6-week period to conduct in-depth analyses of their campus ecosystems and provide them with tools and resources.

  • Study at the worlds top 2 University! Ranked number #10 in Design!
  • Be exposed to design thinking, the lean methodology and how to map your campus ecosystem
  • Get out of the building to learn from students, faculty, staff and administrators at UC
  • Meet weekly to gain feedback and learn from peers across the country and the world, benchmark the best entrepreneurial ecosystems, gather ideas and form an essential support network
More InformationDownload our flyer HERE

Online Training

Application Deadline: May 2019 midnight ET
Online Training Dates: September 2019 - October 2019

Annual Silicon Valley Meet UpMid March 2020 (4 days)
SponsorshipProgram Fee: UC will cover the $4,000 program fee
Silicon Valley Scholarship*: A scholarship of $2000 + Flights per student for the Silicon Valley meet up
*Other: Regional meet ups - Students wishing to also attend regional meet ups will be required to cover their own costs.

3cp - 6cps

The overall innovation fellowship program at UC will run over two semesters in two phases.
Phase 1: We help students build a portfolio to make their application competitive. This will be done after we short list the candidates (3cps).
Phase 2: If students are selected for the innovation programme, they’ll go through the 6 weeks online training course, the annual Silicon Valley Meet Up and get involved in active participation in developing innovation resources in UC on  return (3cps).

*The assessment is split between two phases. If students fail to get selected for the Stanford fellowship programme. They’ll get 3cp credit. If they get selected they get 6cp credit.

EnrolmentSemester 2, 2019 + Semester 1, 2020
Application Process 

Information Sessions

Attend our next information session scheduled for:
Date: Wednesday 3 October 2018
Time: 3:00pm-4:30pm
Location: 02A04
Expression of Interest (EOI) Dates

Open: Thursday 01 November 2018

Close: Friday 30 November 2018

Complete your EOIHERE
  • Open to Architecture, Industrial Design, Graphic Design, Landscape and Interior Design students.
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: Distinction
  • Must have completed at least 1 Semester of EFTS at the time of application

For your EOI you will need to upload the following documents

  1. Current Transcript of Grades (screen shot from MyUC is sufficient)
  2. Statement of Purpose (approximately 500 words)
  3. A copy of your Resume or CV
Statement of Purpose

Students will need to demonstrate they have the entrepreneurial skills required to participate in the innovation fellow’s application. In no more than 500 words, please answer the following questions

  1. Why do you want to participate in the Program?
  2. What strengths will you bring to this program? Such as
  • Academic achievements
  • Exceptional ability, resourcefulness and originality
  • Potential to make a positive different to the university
  • Evidence of ability that shows how this program would lead you to building a sustainable, "innovation and research" capacity in the university.
InterviewCandidates will be requested to attend an interview following submission of their EOI
Who to Contact 
For more information regarding the program and credit please contactRaghu Gudur, Program Director, Design (Academic Leader)
For more information regarding funding and sponsorship please contactThe Faculty of Arts and Design