MYP Student Innovators

At the IB, we believe that young people can positively change the world through their ideas and actions. IB students have shown that they share this vision and the IB Student Innovators' grant for MYP students creates an opportunity to build the skills they need to become the socially conscious leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs the world needs today.

The grant for MYP Student Innovation seeks applications from highly motivated Middle Years Program (MYP) years 4-5 students who are ready to take on this challenge by beginning or continuing an initiative that aims to have a social impact. Through a competitive application review process, we will support up to 30 students to create, innovate or expand on an impactful project of their own design. Finalists will receive access to a newly expanded network of peers and grant funding to transform their powerful idea into reality.

Finalists selected as MYP Student Innovation fellows receive:

  • Collaboration with a peer-to-peer network of IB innovation fellows spanning up to 30 IB World Schools
  • Mentoring and guidance from a career-level or industry expert to provide knowledge and expertise
  • Grant-based funding to enable their idea to become reality, with varying awards based on project needs

Ashoka and the IB collaborating to support young changemakers

Ashoka has pioneered the field of social entrepreneurship, identifying and supporting the world’s leading social entrepreneurs since 1980. The IB and Ashoka both see that in a rapidly changing world, the capacity to adapt and make change is a critical skill in growing up. This is why we have asked Ashoka to offer strategic guidance for the MYP Innovation Platform and grant. Learn more about Ashoka by vising their website here.

How to apply

The MYP Innovators projects are still inviting students to apply. We know a lot has changed in the past few weeks, and we are making changes to the application to support students:

  • More time to apply: The deadline will be moved to Sunday, April 13.
  • Student can apply independently: The recommendation form is no longer required for the initial application. Educators, we know you are busy! Finalists will be asked to seek a recommendation at a later date.

With those changes in mind:

The official application will open on 1 February 2020 and will close on 13 April 2020.



Students from age 14-16 enrolled in an IB World School MYP years 4-5 programme are eligible to apply for this year’s grant. To complete the application, students must have the nomination and support of their school coordinator or Head of School. 

See the complete terms and conditions


Application details

In the written application, students will be asked to describe their project or initiative, why it is personally meaningful, and how they plan to implement it. To be eligible for a grant, students must provide a specific funding request and a justification within their written application. The most competitive applications will include a project or initiative with a strong social impact component that contributes to a community need in an innovative, ethical and entrepreneurial way. 

Students must complete all application components within the online portal and request a nomination from their Head of School or coordinator no later than 11:59 AM Eastern Standard Time on the application deadline of 13 April 2020.



Start preparing

To help you prepare your application, we've created a sample document of how the application will look. Use the questions in this document to help you build your application, so when the time comes you can apply easily through the portal link that will be published here on 1 February 2020. The format may differ slightly, but the questions will be very similar to the ones in this document.


Semi-finalist video interview

Up to 50 Semi-finalists move on to the second-round application. They will be notified by May 2020 and invited to complete a required video interview to support their initial application. Those selected as a finalist will be chosen by a selection committee and notified in June 2020 of their application status.


Timeline and key dates

Application opens

1 Feb 2020

Application closes

13 April 2020

Semi-finalists contacted

3 May 2020

Semi-finalists video interview

24 May 2020

Finalists selected as fellows

14 Jun 2020

Orientation for fellows

12 July 2020

Independent work
Mentor meetings
Peer-peer critique

19 July – 18 October

Innovation stories

18 Nov 2020