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CRTI Social Innovation Fellowships



CRTI Mission:

•      Founded by McCormick Tribune Professor of Technology Mohanbir Sawhney in June 2001, the Center for Research in Technology and Innovation (CRTI) at the Kellogg School of Management plays a pivotal role in understanding, solving and forecasting challenges facing innovation managers today and in coming years through:

•      Advancing the frontiers of knowledge in technology management and innovation through collaborative research with its corporate partners, fellow academics and students.

•      Empowering people to understand the critical role technology management and innovation play in driving sustainable growth, guided by the Kellogg School’s pillars of Intellectual Depth, Experiential Learning, Global Perspectives, and Leadership and Social Responsibility.


The Fellowship Program:

•      6 CRTI fellows placed with social enterprises and NGOs in India.

•      10-week long internships supplemented by talks from guest speakers, field visits and interactions with NGOs.

•      Projects in keeping with CRTI’s objective of advancing research and curriculum in the uses of technology as an enabler of economic development and social upliftment in developing countries. 


Program Objectives:

•      Understand how a range of organizations is using technology and/or innovative business models to catalyze change in the fields of livelihood, governance, education and health in India.

•      Apply business acumen to business problems facing the host organizations and enhance their capacity to deliver innovative solutions.

•      Experience work practices and culture within the Indian corporate and development sector.

•      Enhance academic input through seminars and discussions with academic, civil society, corporate and government leaders.

•      Experience peer-to-peer interaction through “thought-partners” from IMT-Ghaziabad.



“The experience of living and working in India as a whole was amazing… My perspective on so many things has changed profoundly as a result.”      - Jennifer Helms, Fellow