The Baker Innovation Grant

Investing in Big, Bold Ideas.

We launched the Baker Innovation Grant in 2017 providing 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 is 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. 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 Baker Innovation Grant is one of the largest student grant programs at the McCourt School.

About the Grant

Our newest cohort of Baker Innovators, all students enrolled in a graduate degree program during the 2018-2019 academic year, each received $20,000 to develop, incubate, and refine their unique solution to a challenge. This newest group of Innovators will be provided with customized leadership training and skill-building workshops, access to exclusive peer discussions, and expert advice to tackle their chosen solutions more effectively.

Made possible by the generosity of Jon Baker (C’64), the Baker Innovation Grant is the newest initiative of the Baker Center for Leadership & Governance. Understanding that no single institution can confront our global challenges alone, the Baker Center was founded to convene key stakeholders to reimagine solutions to pressing social, political and policy challenges, and begin the important work of restoring faith in our institutions. The Baker Center challenges students to explore new and creative ideas and seeks to cultivate the next generation of leaders.

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

Jake Ford, 2017 Baker Innovator

Current and Past Innovators

The inaugural cohort of 2017 Innovators finished their official project terms in February 2018. Our new cohort of 2018 Innovators started their terms later that month. Get to know the Innovators and their projects:

2018 Innovators

2017 Innovators

2017 Spotlight

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