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2022 Student Fellowship

The ACC Smithsonian ACCelerate Creativity and Innovation Festival is pleased to offer the new ACCelerate Student Fellowship. The ACCelerate Student Fellowship encourages new collaborations among ACCelerate Festival participants and the continued development of new innovations to address interdisciplinary challenges while fostering new connections across and among ACC faculty, staff, and students. At the conclusion of the fellowship, (no later than May 2023) the selected applicants will present their work, findings, and advances as part of a Smithsonian program (in-person or remote as circumstances allow.) Two fellowships are available for the 2022-2023 academic year. Funding up to $5,000 (provided by the ACCelerate Festival) will support each project. 

ACCelerate Student Fellowship process

Step 1: Using the Google form, tell us who you are and what challenge, opportunity, or creative work you’d like to explore (eg, I’m interested in surgery in space)

Step 2: Look for a response email with application requirements

Step 3: Meet and network with other students at the festival. 

  • Join us in the S.C. Johnson Conference Room (1W, NMAH) on Friday, April 8 at 1pm and Saturday , April 9 at 11am
  • Join the ACCelerate 2022 Slack Workspace
    • Link invite coming soon

Step 4: Put together your proposal and submit by May 13, 2022.

  • Notification: August 5, 2022 


  • The ACCelerate Festival invites team applications from graduate and undergraduate students participating in the 2022 ACCelerate Festival hosted by the Smithsonian in partnership with Virginia Tech at the National Museum of American History. 
  • Proposals must include a collaboration of graduate and/or undergraduate students who participated in the 2022 ACCelerate Festival. The team must have members from two or more Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) universities. The project teams may also include additional students who did not participate in the 2022 Festival projects but attended the festival with one of the participating universities.
  • Students must be enrolled in an ACC university and in good standing during the fall 2022 – spring 2023 academic year and not graduate prior to May 2023. All work under this internship must be completed no later than May 2023.  
  • Proposals must identify at least one faculty advisor.
  • The fellowship is open to students of all nationalities. United States citizenship is not required.

Review Criteria and Selection

The ACCelerate Festival Steering Committee led by Virginia Tech’s Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology will review all submissions received by the deadline and evaluate them based on the following criteria:

  • Intellectual merit and potential impact of the project
  • Interdisciplinary nature of the collaboration
  • Potential channels to advance the proposed research
  • Clear potential to achieve desired outcomes within the timeline and budget resources.

The selection of the two ACCelerate Student Fellowships will be made by August 5, 2022.

Identifying Potential Collaborators

The objective of the ACCelerate Student Fellowship is to encourage the expansion of research presented at the 2022 ACCelerate Festival in new directions. The following activities will help interested applicants identify potential collaborators:

  • Join the #student-fellowship-networking Slack channel to start chatting with other students 
  • Networking activities will provide opportunities for interested applicants to connect and discuss potential collaborations in person. 

Important dates

  • Now through April 7: Indicate your interest
  • April 8, 2022 — 1pm: Meeting — S.C. Johnson Conference Room, located in the west wing of the NMAH; 1st floor
  • April 9, 2022 — 11am: Meeting — S.C. Johnson Conference Room, located in the west wing of the NMAH; 1st floor
  • April 8-10, 2022: ACCelerate Creativity + Innovation Festival, in person networking
  • May 13, 2022: Applications due
  • August 5, 2022: Fellowships awarded
  • December 2022: Selected teams present midpoint findings
  • May 2023: Selected teams present at the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, National Museum of American History, Washington, DC