The Baker Innovators

Supporting the next generation of policy leaders at the McCourt School.

We are excited to announce the creation of the Baker Innovation Grant (BIG), an opportunity for McCourt School students to be granted $20,000 in seed capital to develop innovative solutions to pressing global challenges. This is the one of the largest student grant programs at the McCourt School.

The Details

The BIG will be awarded to five McCourt students who are enrolled in a degree program during the January 2017 – January 2018 calendar year. These Baker Innovators will each receive $20,000 and spend the year incubating their solution to a policy or political problem, while receiving mentorship and support, culminating in a presentation of their solution at the Baker Forum and an opportunity to pitch their ideas to experts. Opportunities for this inaugural group of Innovators include participating in robust individualized leadership training, attending exclusive monthly discussions, and approaching their solution through experiential opportunities. Applicants must focus their policy or political problem in the broad area of “security,” the 2017 theme of the Baker Center.

Tapping McCourt Talent

The BIG is motivated by the idea that we should stretch the limits of how we think about policy problems and the ways to address them. Conversations about intractable problems have become calcified – if we could wipe the slate clean and tackle a problem, what would we do? How would we reimagine our solutions? The Baker Center is looking for the next generation of leaders to think about solutions in bold, new ways; leaders who will turn big ideas into action.

The 2017 Baker Theme

The Baker Center’s focus for 2017-2018 is “security.” People are feeling insecure in many ways: physical, economic, job-related, data and information security, food and water security, and health security are all areas in which people feel angst or anxiety. How can we make our world safer, our schools and campuses safer, our streets safer, and our personal data safer?


For more information on the Baker Innovation Grant, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.