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.




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

Submit cover letter, resume, transcript(s), innovation proposal, and recommendation through our application form.

The application deadline has been extended to January 28th, 2018 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 2018-2019 cohort of IIC Project Associates? Please address any international experience and interests.
  • What do you hope to achieve by being an IIC Project Associate?


Please include a transcript in PDF format from every degree-granting institution (undergraduate and graduate) you have attended. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. Non-UChicago candidates should submit a key for interpreting transcripts and may submit marksheets in place of transcripts.



In the innovation proposal, you are asked to choose one of three topics provided and propose a creative solution to a social problem in India. Innovation proposal topics are not linked to 2018-2019 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 2018-2019 innovation proposals can be found here.



Please identify a reference to submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf. We accept letters of recommendation from both academic and professional sources, and encourage you to seek a reference 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.