Applications open for McGrath Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellows

Kristina and Mike McGrath
Kristina and Mike McGrath

Applications are invited from all full-time, NIU tenured and tenure-track faculty members interested in becoming McGrath Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellows.

McGrath Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellows are academic entrepreneurs who are pursuing projects that demonstrate entrepreneurial thinking and action in ways that build on their expertise in their home discipline. Fellows form a community of faculty engaged in the process of developing new ideas and new approaches to solve problems for consumers, companies or for societies.

The fellowship support provides access to a small pool of funding for expenses associated with completing their projects.

Four types of projects qualify:

  • Development of a new course or course activity that connects a course to entrepreneurship;
  • Projects leading to technology commercialization;
  • Scholarship research that connects the faculty’s home discipline to entrepreneurship; and
  • Community engagement projects that are entrepreneurial in nature and combine entrepreneurship with the faculty member’s home discipline, including a social entrepreneurship initiative.

McGrath Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellows will also meet once a month to discuss issues related to their projects and entrepreneurship and support each other in their endeavor to develop creative and innovative approaches to their discipline.

The deadline for applications is Friday, April 15.

The NIU McGrath Entrepreneurship Fellows is supported by a generous gift by Mike and Kristina McGrath. Funding of the McGrath Entrepreneurship Initiative is expanding entrepreneurship in NIU’s College of Business and across the university to benefit faculty and students.

For more information, contact Sarah Marsh at (815) 753-6211 or smarsh@niu.edu.

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