Only One Week Remaining to Apply for the Presidential Innovation Fellows Spring 2017 Cohort!

Washington, D.C. - 6 December 2016 - Only one week remains before the December 11, 2016 deadline to join the elite Fellows working with the government to significantly impact innovation for the American people.  The Presidential Innovation Fellows (PIF) program is seeking talented, diverse entrepreneurs, technologists, designers, design strategists and changemakers who want to tackle some of our nation’s biggest challenges.  The PIF program is a nonpartisan method for techies and nerds to serve a “tour of duty” to effect change in the government for the betterment of the people.  Changes in administrations create uncertainty, but one thing is certain--there is and will be a pressing need for innovation within the Federal government, and you can have a significant impact on the future of America.

Fellows selected for the 2017 Spring class will likely:

  • Reimagine the next generation of the nation’s air traffic control system

  • Create jobs and economic impact by leveraging our federal investments in research and development

  • Help cities move toward smart city technologies

  • Expand broadband access to families that are currently underserved

  • Help veterans more easily get the services and help they need

  • Innovate assistance to disaster survivors

  • Radically improve outcomes for children and families in the foster care system

Since 2012, the Presidential Innovation Fellows have:

… and the list continues to grow.

After their “tour of duty”, many Fellows return to industry but many have held high-level positions within the government:

And you could be the next one to join their ranks!  You can learn more about what the alumni have accomplished and are currently addressing at

The shift from a rolling admission to a cohort model means a much tighter deadline for you to apply!  The PIF Foundation is the alumni organization that supports the PIF Program in their mission and provides a strong community of people intent on finding the third way to solve problems.  The PIF Foundation is encouraging anyone with a will to make a difference to apply at  Know someone you think would be perfect for the role?  Encourage them to apply.  We need your help in ensuring America has the best and brightest innovators for 2017!  Remember, the deadline is December 11th, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST.

If you are interested in talking personally to a Presidential Innovation Fellow, please contact the PIF Foundation at or reach out to us on Twitter @PIFAlum.  For more information about the PIF Program, visit the government website at

Katie Easton