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Apply to the India Program


Apply to the India Program



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 graduates of any undergraduate or graduate degree program. Applicants for the 2019-2020 Program must fall into one of the following categories:

  • Class of 2018 or 2019 graduates of any program (undergraduate or graduate)

  • 2018 or 2019 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 2019 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 2019-2020 fellowship is August 2019 through the end of August 2020.


  • The application deadline is January 28th, 2019 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 in May 2019

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How To Apply

How To Apply



For those interested in supporting innovative social impact in the global public sector, there are many ways to get involved. The IIC seeks individuals and organizations from across the globe to contribute to the program's growth around the world. Learn more about becoming a Project Associate, or partner today. If you think your skills or expertise would be valuable to the IIC but don't know where you fit in, connect with us to work it out.

We are in the process of updating our application portal. We recommend preparing all the requested materials in advance, so you can easily upload into the application portal when it goes live. We expect the APPLY link to go live by the end of November. If you are reapplying to the fellowship, please complete a different innovation proposal prompt than you submitted last year.




The IIC application includes your resume, cover letter, innovation proposal, two references and application information form. In order to apply:

Submit cover letter, resume, 2 references, and innovation proposal through our application form.

The application deadline has been extended to January 28th, 2019 at 11:59pm GMT




One page, PDF Format



One page, PDF Format

Please address these questions:

  • Why does the IIC appeal to you?

  • How will your particular background and skills allow you to contribute to the 2019-2020 cohort of IIC Project Associates? Please address any international experience and interests.

  • What do you hope to achieve by being an IIC Project Associate?



In the innovation proposal, you are asked to choose one of the topics provided and propose a creative solution to a social problem in India. Innovation proposal topics are not linked to 2019-2020 project areas. 

In your proposal, please address the following questions:

  • Identify the problem: Briefly summarize the problem, including an explanation of its scope and relevance.

  • Identify a solution: Craft a thoughtful, implementable solution that would address the problem as you see it. Explain why you chose this solution, and how it could be implemented and scaled.

  • Define outcomes: What are intended outcomes and how do you measure them?

  • Anticipate: What are potential impediments to reaching these outcomes?

We encourage you to be creative and solution-oriented. You may respond in approximately one 8.5” x 11” page (single spaced). If you choose a non-written format (PowerPoint, graphic, etc.), please ensure that it still meets this page requirement; PowerPoints should have no more than 6 slides per page. Feel free to use any available resources in answering these questions. Please cite any resources used in a separate references page (not included in the one page count).

The 2019-2020 innovation proposals can be found here.



Please identify two references from academic and/or professional sources and provide their contact information in the application form.