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The Care-UC Innovation Fellowship

Advancing the pace and scale of poverty-alleviation efforts around the globe

The CARE-UC Innovation Fellowship, established by CARE USA’s Innovation Team and the University, is intended to strengthen the workforce pipeline of expertly-trained individuals whose expertise and commitment can alleviate poverty and improve human conditions in California, regionally and internationally. UC graduate students will obtain tailored training and experience through partnering with CARE, whose humanitarian mission and global footprint provide opportunities to explore applications of research and innovation in real-world settings. The six-month fellowship includes a summer in-country placement and provides Fellows a meaningful and engaging professional development experience and an opportunity to advance their graduate work. The Fellowship includes a $9,000 stipend plus travel allowance. The first cohort of Fellows will commence in April 2020.

We are pleased to release the inaugural Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Care-UC Innovation Fellowship (pdf).

Application submission instructions are included in the RFP above. The application deadline has passed. Please check this page for further updates and program announcements.

Key Dates: 

  • RFP release: Tuesday, December 10, 2019
  • Three applicant infosessions were held on December 16, 2019, December 19, 2019, and January 10, 2020 (see below for more information).
  • pC application system opens:  Monday, January 6, 2020
  • Proposals due: Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 12:00 noon PT**
  • Interviews with Finalists: ~March 16-20, 2020, one-hour video interviews
  • Notification of review outcome: ~Tuesday, March 31, 2020
  • Graduate Fellowship start date: Wednesday, April 22, 2020
  • Orientation / kick-off event: Required 2.5-day meeting, April 24-26, 2020, Location TBD 
  • Summer in-country experience: TBD - Two to four weeks between June 22-August 14, 2020
  • Showcase presentation and wrap-up: September 2020 (TBD) at a UC campus

 **NOTE: Campus submission deadlines may be at least a week earlier. Please check with your campus regarding local deadlines for approval.


Attendance at one of the three infosessions offered was strongly encouraged. Infosessions provided an overview of the CARE-UC Innovation Fellowship opportunity, research priorities, the application process, and timeline.

The webinar video recording (mp4) is now available.