Fellows pose at the University Innovation Fellows Annual Meetup 2015. Photo by Ben Colman for Epicenter.


Post-NSF funding, this program is now run by Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school) at Stanford University. Visit the home of the University Innovation Fellows at universityinnovationfellows.org



The University Innovation Fellows program empowers students to become agents of change at their schools. Participants acquire knowledge of tools, frameworks and program models that help college students develop an entrepreneurial mindset and creative confidence. Fellows create new learning opportunities for their peers and inspire them to seize opportunities, define problems and address global challenges. Our Fellows are founding clubs, hosting events and workshops, collaborating with faculty on new classes, creating student makerspaces, and providing opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration. They serve as advocates for change with academic leaders and represent their schools at national events.

Fellows are sponsored by faculty and administrators at their schools and selected through an application process each spring and fall. After being accepted in to the program, candidates take part in a six-week, online-based experiential training, where they connect with a national network of Fellows, examine their current entrepreneurial ecosystems, formulate action plans, and begin to implement their ideas.

During the Epicenter grant, the University Innovation Fellows program grew and evolved from a prescriptive program to a community of student leaders who discover their own projects and work to create lasting change in higher education. 

James Madison University Regional Meetup, November 2015

University Innovation Fellows James Madison University Regional Meetup

Kent State University Regional Meetup, November 2015

University Innovation Fellows Kent State University Regional Meetup

2015 Annual Meetup, March 2015

Mid-Atlantic Regional Meetup, November 2014

Southeastern Regional Meetup, October 2014

Annual Meetup, March 2014


Where in the world are University Innovation Fellows?

University Innovation Fellows in a larger map


For a complete list of Fellows and schools, visit universityinnovationfellows.org/about-us/schools


Welcome to 155 new Fellows!
February 2016
155 students from 47 higher education institutions have been named University Innovation Fellows. Read »

150 new Fellows
October 2015
150 students from 52 schools have just completed training to join the University Innovation Fellows program. Read the press release »

Fall 2015 Regional Meetups
October 2015
We are thrilled to announce that the Fall University Innovation Fellows Regional Meetups will take place at Kent State University and James Madison University. Read more and register »

#uifresh Activities
September 2015
Twenty higher education institutions are welcoming their incoming students in a unique way as part of the national STEM initiative #uifresh launched by University Innovation Fellows in March. More »

Demo Days Letters
Fellows spearheaded the collection of letters from higher education leaders with a commitment to expand innovation and entrepreneurship offerings. The letters were shared with President Obama on White House Demo Day. More »

New Website
June 2015
The University Innovation Fellows have a new home at universityinnovationfellows.org. Check out the new website »

Apply for Fall 2015
March 2015
Applications for the Fall 2015 University Innovation Fellows cohort were due May 11, 2015Read the press release »

#uifresh Initiative Launched
March 2015
The University Innovation Fellows launched the #uifresh initiative with 10 schools to attract and retain more incoming STEM students. The initiative partners Fellows with university leaders to introduce innovation, entrepreneurship, design thinking and creativity to students during orientation to address the 60% attrition in STEM. This initiative was announced at the White House Science Fair. Read more »

2015 Annual Meetup
March 2015
The University Innovation Fellows 2015 Annual Meetup was held in Silicon Valley in February. View the photos and read a write-up of the event » 


Welcome to our 123 new University Innovation Fellows!
February 2015 
123 students from 53 schools have been named University Innovation Fellows. Read the press release 

Mid-Atlantic Regional Meetup
November 2014
The second University Innovation Fellows Regional Meetup was held in at the University of Maryland and in Washington, DC, November 1-2, 2014. View the photos »

Southeast Regional Meetup
October 2014
The first University Innovation Fellows Regional Meetup was held in Greenville, SC, October 3-4. View the photos and read a write-up of the event » 

Welcome to our 58 new University Innovation Fellows!
October 2014 
58 students from 26 schools have been named University Innovation Fellows. Read the press release »

Apply for Winter/Spring 2015
September 2014
Applications for the Winter/Spring University Innovation Fellows cohort are due October 31, 2014. Read the press release and apply now »

Apply for Summer/Fall 2014
May 2014
Applications for the Fall University Innovation Fellows cohort are due June 30, 2014.
Apply now »

A Letter to Larry Page
April 2014
University Innovation Fellows respond to Paul Polak’s letter to Google's Larry Page with a letter of their own. Read »

Welcome to our 66 new University Innovation Fellows!
April 2014 
66 students from 45 schools across the United States have been named University Innovation Fellows. Read the press release »

Pinning Ceremony
April 2014
At the meetup, we recognized the University Innovation Fellows in our previous cohorts who have already been incredibly active at their campuses. Read more »

Fellows in Silicon Valley
March 2014
New and Candidate Fellows visited Silicon Valley March 20-22, where the students took part in immersive experiences at Google, Stanford University, and the Open 2014 conference. Check out the agenda and the photos.

Training begins for candidate Fellows
February 2014
Seventy-five students from 51 schools have been accepted to the program for Spring 2014. They are currently taking part in a six-week training to become Fellows.

White House blog publishes advice for young entrepreneurs from University Innovation Fellows
November 2013
Read the article: Advice from Student Entrepreneurs: “Be Fearless and Experiment”

University Innovation Fellows launch student entrepreneurship platform
November 2013
The platform, universityinnovation.org allows students across the country to share information about the entrepreneurial activities on their campuses.

White House blog features Fellows, Epicenter, new platform
November 2013
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy featured the University Innovation platform in a blog post by Doug Rand, Assistant Director of Entrepreneurship at OSTP, titled “Startup Culture Flourishes on America’s College Campuses"

Welcome to our 22 new University Innovation Fellows!
October 2013
Our 22 new Fellows represent 20 universities across the country. The Fellows have completed their training and will begin their work to achieve change on their campuses. 

Fellows in the News

Universities and media outlets are announcing the appointment of new Fellows and sharing their accomlishments. Read »

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