Become a Project Associate


Become a Project Associate



The International Innovation Corps (IIC) offers a unique opportunity for graduates from the University of Chicago, universities around the world, and top tier Indian Universities to play an active role in building and implementing innovative solutions to some of the toughest challenges facing governments today.

The IIC is a University of Chicago program based in the Harris School of Public Policy. It is open to graduates from across divisions and graduates from all US and Indian universities.

Are you ready to join the next generation of global leaders and use creative solutions to solve critical development problems? If so, consider becoming an IIC Project Associate.


Imagine contributing to a project that would improve the quality of education for up to 10,000 primary school students or provide renewable power and sustainable water sources to thousands of farmers. As an IIC Project Associate you will work with a partner institution to complete a project that impacts social outcomes such as these. In the process of tackling these big challenges, you will grow personally, expand professionally, and learn how to rapidly innovate and implement solutions in complex settings. 


Don’t feel like you have the expertise to take on the toughest challenges facing governments today? Don’t worry. The IIC organizes teams based on a variety of skills and interests. We have found that these complex issues benefit from a combination of domain expertise, collaboration and an innovative approach. If you are dedicated to translating your rigorous intellectual inquiry to on-the-ground solutions, you have the skills the IIC is looking for.


And you’re not alone in tackling these challenges. While on the ground, your team will be partnered with a public sector organization and NGOs. The IIC Management Team will guide you throughout the year. The Management Team provide administrative and personal support in areas of room and board, travel, safety, and professional development, including a 5 week training program. Additionally, you will receive project support from the leaders of the partner institution(s), as well as a network of mentors who are experts in the problem your team is tackling. 






The IIC is open to recent and forthcoming UChicago graduates of any undergraduate or graduate degree program. The IIC welcomes applications from outside UChicago from any non-Indian institution. Applicants for the 2018-2019 Program must fall into one of the following categories:

  • Class of 2017 or 2018 graduates of any program (undergraduate or graduate)
  • 2017 or 2018 graduates of all graduate degree program, including Masters, PhDs, JDs, MBAs and MDs
  • Current students in a graduate degree program who will not be completing their program in 2018 but want to take a gap year



The IIC is open to host country citizens (or PIO/OCI card-holders for India-based projects) who are completing their undergraduate or post-secondary degrees, or are alumni of an undergraduate or post-secondary degree program from host country Universities.

Preference is given to applicants with prior work experience.




The duration of the 2018-2019 fellowship is August 2018 through the end of August 2019.


  • The application deadline was January 28th, 2018 at 11:59pm GMT
  • The IIC will review applications within 6 weeks of submission
  • Interviews will be held through the winter and early spring
  • Offers will be issued by mid-April 2018