MYP Student Innovators

At the IB, we believe young people can positively change the world. We witness their commitment to make a meaningful impact every day, and our goal is to support their ideas and actions through initiatives like the IB Student Innovator’s grant.

The IB Student Innovators' grant is an opportunity for MYP students to build vital skills to that become the socially conscious leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs the world needs today.

Please note the 2020 MYP Innovators application is now officially closed, but you can read more about the grant if would like to apply in 2021.

A strong focus on social impact

The grant seeks applications from Middle Years Program (MYP) years 4-5 students who are motivated to start or continue a social impact initiative. You can find more details below.

Through a competitive application review process, the IB will support up to 30 students every year 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.

Coming soon! Check this page later this year for details about our 2020 MYP Student Innovators.

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. 

Looking for inspiration from young changemakers? Ashoka LeadYoung is a storytelling initiative that aims to demonstrate the power of a young person who has identified a problem, formed and led a team, and created a solution. We encourage you to read the LeadYoung Stories and subscribe to the Ashoka LeadYoung Newsletter 

How to apply 

The 2020 MYP Innovators application is now officially closed. Please visit this page for the announcement related to our 2020 grantees and the 2021 grant cycle later this year. 

Our 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 

Eligibility for MYP Student Innovators 

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. We will highly regard projects or initiatives with a strong social impact component that contributes to a community need in an innovative, ethical and entrepreneurial way.  

Semi-finalists move on to the second-round application and invited to complete a required video interview to support their initial application. 

Application sample

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 easilyThe format may differ slightly, but the questions will be very similar to the ones in this document. 

Example timeline and key dates

Application opens

Feb 2020

Application closes

April 2020

Semi-finalists contacted

May 2020

Semi-finalists video interview

May 2020

Finalists selected as fellows

Jun 2020

Orientation for fellows

July 2020

Independent work
Mentor meetings
Peer-peer critique

July–October

Innovation stories

Nov 2020