Baker Innovation Grant

Investing in Big, Bold Ideas.

The Baker Innovation Grant is currently on hold for the 2018-2019 academic year. Reach out to Kayla Auletto, kayla.auletto@georgetown.edu if you have questions about the program or other opportunities to get involved with the Baker Center. 

In 2017 and 2018, the Baker Innovation Grant provided five promising Georgetown graduate students with $20,000 in funding to develop innovative solutions to pressing social, political, and policy challenges.

The Baker Innovation Grant was motivated by the idea that we should stretch the limits of how we think about social, political and policy problems and the ways to address them. Conversations about intractable problems have become calcified. 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 Baker Innovation Grant was one of the largest student grant programs at the McCourt School of Public Policy.

Get to know the Innovators

2018 Innovators

2017 Innovators

"Overall, this project was a behemoth, a tear-jerking, head-scratching, soul-searching, gut-punching, hope-uplifting behemoth."

Jake Ford, 2017 Baker Innovator

About the Grant

The Baker Innovators receive access to exclusive peer discussions, expert advice to tackle their chosen solutions more effectively, and customized leadership training and skill-building workshops, including:

  • Project Management
  • Human-Centered Design
  • Empathy Mapping
  • Communications and Personal Branding

Made possible by the generosity of Jon Baker (C’64), the Baker Innovation Grant challenges students to explore new and creative ideas and seeks to cultivate the next generation of leaders.

Innovator Spotlight

Learn more about the Baker Innovation Grant and our inaugural cohort of Innovators: