Through the generosity of the Anchor Point Foundation, we are excited to welcome applications for the 2019 cohort of the Chancellor’s Global Innovation Fellowship. 

About the Fellowship

The Chancellor’s Global Innovation Fellowship (CGIF) provides up to 5 students (undergrad or grad) from across disciplines with a $5,000 stipend to apply their design-thinking and academic experiences to support a global organization that is actively pursuing one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals or Grand Challenges (Engineering, Social Work, or DU).

Students will source their own summer internships with a recognized and verified global social impact organization. The stipend may be used at students’ discretion, empowering them with the freedom to spend the summer pursuing their passions and learning from global and industry leaders.

In Fall 2019, Fellows will report back on the impact of their internship and key lessons learned. Project X-ITE will serve as a resource to the Fellows as they begin exploring post-graduate opportunities, and will connect them to local and national business and community leaders to serve as mentors throughout their time at DU and beyond.


Program Goals:

  • Provide students with the freedom to pursue their passions and develop their leadership skills without the burden of having to find a high-paying internship or job
  • Create stronger connections between students and the social impact / sustainability sectors
  • Encourage students to seek leadership roles that positively impact society
  • Educate students about the Sustainable Development Goals and Grand Challenges
  • Strengthen DU partnerships with international social impact organizations

How it works:

  • Students apply for the Fellowship and go through an interview process to gain acceptance
  • Students seek out their own internship focused on the Sustainable Development Goals and/or Grand Challenges. Project X-ITE will vet the opportunity and ensure that it fulfills the program goals.
  • Students spent 8-10 weeks working at their internship, and present their experience at DU during The Social in October 2019.


  • Students must be current DU student (undergrad or grad from any discipline) with plans to enroll full-time during Fall Quarter 2019
  • Students must have a 3.0 GPA at the time of application
  • Students must be available to report out on their work during September 2019 (video reports are fine for those studying abroad in Fall 2019)
  • Students must have a demonstrated interest in working in a social impact or sustainability-focused company


  • Apply for the 2019 CGIF application here.

If you have questions about the fellowship, please contact

Meet the 2018 Fellows

Ellie Adelman, Social Work (MSW, 2019)

African Community Center

Ellie spent her fellowship designing a new community building program for women refugees.

Bristi Basu, Biology & Psychology (BS, 2019)

DSST in partnership with the Global Livingston Institute, Rwanda

Bristi spent her fellowship designing a program to support and mentor students from the Denver School of Science and Technology and the Gashora Girls Academy in Rwanda.

Lindsay Brand, Environmental Science and Strategic Communication (BS/BA, 2019)

The Nature Conservancy, Colorado

Lindsey spent her fellowship as a marketing intern, expanding The Nature Conservancy’s communications with their stakeholders and raising awareness of their projects in the community.

Walid Hedidar, Anthropology and International Studies (BS/BA, 2020)

African Leadership University, Mauritius

Walid spent his fellowship as a Leadership Core Programme intern, helping students learn skills that empower them to become leaders on the issues that hinder Africa’s development.

Rebecca (Becky) Stifter, Law (JD, 2019)

Accion International

Becky spent her fellowship assisting Accion’s in-house legal teamxs, executing deals for its impact investment funds, and conducting research for its public policy institute.

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