A new partnership between ASU and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will position ASU graduate students to confront the most pressing issues faced by the developing world. Through USAID’s Global Development Lab, a Research and Innovation (R&I) Fellowships program will be established to serve as a model for knowledge exchange, supporting top-tier students as they work with USAID and host organizations throughout the world. The ASU R&I Fellowships program will be administered by the ASU Wrigley Institute, which will use its convening capacity and international visibility to assemble a transdisciplinary cohort of exceptional fellows and faculty mentors. In the program’s initial year, applicants must be enrolled in one of five selected pilot schools: the School of Sustainability, W. P. Carey School of Business, College of Public Programs, School of Life Sciences or Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. In subsequent years, all graduate students interested in international development are encouraged to apply.