International Innovation Corps
The International Innovation Corps is a new fellowship program at the University of Chicago that offers a unique opportunity for University of Chicago graduates to play an active role in building and implementing innovative solutions to some of India’s biggest social problems. The IIC aims to jump start the process of problem-driven innovation in the Indian public sector by connecting teams of bright, talented and committed UChicago and Indian university graduates with Indian public sector enterprises for paid, 13-month assignments that tackle discrete and tractable but important social challenges. The IIC trains its fellows in the US and India, organizes them into teams of five, and places teams at Indian public sector host institutions. Each IIC team works with the host institution to complete a project that impacts social outcomes. In the process, teams learn how to rapidly innovate and implement solutions in complex settings. The IIC's three current teams are working on diverse projects: designing a model charter city outside Delhi, establishing sustainable jobs by developing vocational training programs in India's textiles sector, and expanding the use of solar technologies for rural electrification.
Find out more about the International Innovation Corps at its website.