Shaw Innovation Fellows

How to Apply

The online Shaw Innovation Fellows Program application is open! 

Requests for Propsals

For information regarding proposal criteria, please see the Request for Proposals

The Shaw Innovation Fellows Program is seeking adventurous and entrepreneurial candidates who, in their applications and proposed projects demonstrate a spirit of innovation and exploration, critical thinking, and bold approaches to solving problems. In addition, Fellow Candidates will:

  • Be enrolled at USM or in the process of applying to USM to complete a graduate degree.
  • Be either full-time or part-time students.
  • Be enthusiastic and willing to join peer Fellows in a schedule of workshops and/or expert panels coordinated to support and strengthen the Fellows’ individual and peer cohort project experiences. 
  • Be willing to (depending upon project content areas) engage with undergraduate Promise Scholars as a mentor and/or to involve a scholar to assist in the project as appropriate.
  • Present the resulting project/research in both digital form for USM records and at a public Shaw Innovation Fellows Symposium to be hosted at USM each year.

Proposals will be accepted through the Shaw Fellows website and online submission site. 

The Shaw Innovation Fellowship program application will be available March 15, 2021.

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 P.M. eastern U.S. time on May 1, 2021.



2021 Fellow Application Timeline


Online Fellow Application Opens

March 15, 2021

Applicant Information Session: Virtual Q & A 

March 22, 2021

Application Submission Due

May 1, 2021

Selection Review Period

May 2021

Fellows Announced

June 15, 2021