Monday, October 24, 2011

50+ Fellowship Programs for Social Innovators

Social Innovation FellowshipsWhether you are an experienced social innovator or are looking to build your skill set, a fellowship can help take you to the next level--through curriculum, mentorship, collaboration, and connecting with other talented and motivated fellows.

Here is a list of 50+ fellowship programs. The first 17 or so fellowships have rolling admission deadlines. The remainder are grouped by the month the application is due.  The fellowships support social innovation to varying degrees and have varying requirements---so take a stroll and click through the links to continue your research.

You can add other social innovation fellowships in the comments section. Look for a list of start-up accelerator and incubators for social entrepreneurs here. 

50+ Fellowship Programs for Social Innovators
  1. Ashoka Fellows Program. Apply anytime.
  2. Deshpande Foundation India Fellowship Program. Apply anytime. 
  3. Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation. Apply anytime.
  4. Mind Trust Education Entrepreneur Fellowship. Apply anytime.
  5. Rainer Arnhold Design Fellowship Program. Apply anytime.
  6. REDF Farber Fellowship. Apply anytime.
  7. Reynolds Fellowships Harvard University.  
  8. Georgetown Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program
  9. PopTech Science and Public Leadership Fellows Program. Apply by invitation.
  10. TED Senior Fellows Program. Selected from Past Fellows.
  11. IDEO Fellowship Program
  12. Teach for America. Multiple deadlines.
  13. Ashoka Senior Fellows & Members. Apply anytime.
  14. Ashoka Global Fellows. Apply anytime.
  15. Ashoka Social Investment Entrepreneur Fellows. Apply anytime.
  16. Ashoka Invention and Technology Fellows Program. Apply anytime.
  17. Ashoka News & Knowledge Fellows. Apply anytime.
  18. MicroEmpowering Social Innovation Fellowship. Apply anytime.
  19. Teach for India. Multiple deadlines
  20. MacArthur Fellows Program. Apply by invitation.
  21. Aspen Institute First Movers Fellowship Program. Apply by January.
  22. MIT Legatum Center Fellowship. Apply by January.
  23. IDEX Fellowship. Apply by January.
  24. Echoing Green Fellowship. Apply by January.
  25. American India Foundation Fellowship. Apply by January.
  26. Greenlining Institute Legal Fellows Program. Apply by January.
  27. NYU Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Fellowship. Apply by January or February.
  28. Greenlining Institute Fellowship Program. Apply by February.
  29. Engineers for Social Impact. Apply by February.
  30. City Hall Fellows Program. Apply by February.
  31. Crowley Fellowship in International Human Rights. Apply by February.
  32. Public Allies Teachers Fellowship Program. Apply by February.
  33. Stanford - NBC News Fellowship in Media and Global Health. Apply by February.
  34. Cordes Fellowship for Opportunity Collaboration. Apply by March.
  35. Global Health Corps. Apply by March.
  36. Grassroutes India Fellowship Program. Apply by March. 
  37. Indicorp Fellowship. Apply by March.
  38. PopTech Social Innovation Fellows Program. Apply by March.
  39. Changing Our World Fellowships. Apply by March.
  40. Acumen Fund East Africa Fellows Program. Apply by April. 
  41. Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship. Apply by April.
  42. Global Citizen Year. Apply by May.
  43. Villgro Fellowship. Apply by May.
  44. D.Light Design Fellowship. Apply by May.
  45. Rolex Awards Supporting Enterprising Individuals. Apply by June.
  46. Humphrey Fellowship Program: Journalism Fellowships. Apply by June to September. 
  47. TED Fellows Program. Apply by July.
  48. Synergos Senior Fellows Program
. Apply by July.
  49. LGT Venture Philanthropy iCats Fellowship Program. Apply by July.
  50. Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship. Apply by July.
  51. Open Society Fellowship. Apply by August.
  52. Piramal Fellowship for Sustainable Business. Apply by September.
  53. Skadden Legal Fellowship Program. Apply by October.
  54. Kiva Fellowship. Apply by October.
  55. Buckminister Fuller Challenge. Apply by October.
  56. StartingBloc Fellowship Program. Apply by October.
  57. EmergeCA Democratic Fellowship Program for Women. Apply by October.
  58. Fuse Corps Fellowship.  Apply by October.
  59. Woodrow Wilson Center Fellowships. Apply by October.
  60. PresenTense Social Entrepreneur Fellowships. Apply by October or November.
  61. Smithsonian Institute Fellowship. Apply by November.
  62. Unreasonable Institute. Apply by November.
  63. Acumen Fund Global Fellows Program. Apply by November.
  64. Fried Frank Legal Fellowship Program. Apply by November.
  65. Soros Fellowships for New Americans. Apply by November.
  66. New Leaders Council. Apply by November.
  67. Fellowship for Women Scholar-Practitioners from Developing Nations. Apply by November.
  68. Sauvé Scholars Program. Apply by November.
  69. TEDGlobal Fellows Program. Apply by December.
  70. Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society Fellowship Program. Apply by December.
  71. Nieman Journalism Fellowships at Harvard University. Apply by December
  72. Rhode Island Innovation Fellowship. Apply by December.
  73. LeapFrog Investments Global Fellows Program. Apply by December.
  74. M121 Fellowship for Sustainable World Change. Apply by December.
  75. Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program. Concluding in 2013.


  1. How about the Global Social Benefit Incubator at Santa Clara University? 10th Anniversary is this summer.

  2. Great suggestion---I just added it to the post on incubator/accelerators for social entrepreneurs, here:

  3. Also: Rhode Island Innovation Fellowship, a brand new program, here:

  4. Thanks Jessica, I have added the Rhode Island Innovation Fellowship to the list.

  5. Nice. Can we help and add more at

  6. Please also add PresenTense to your list. PresenTense has 12 fellowships in 3 countries and we're looking for 140 new fellows this year. The WCJCC and Global Summer Institute take applicants from around the world. We focus on Jewish social entrepreneurs who have the passion and drive to transform their communities. Thanks Neetal!

  7. Thanks for the update Alex, the info has been added to the list.

  8. @traidmarkdotorg, I did not see a social innovation fellowship associated with the links provided.

  9. Praxis is another program for social entrepreneurs. 12 orgs per year, $100k in cash.

    June deadline

  10. The Praxis Accelerator program has been included on the post on incubator/accelerators here:

  11. I would add to the list the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program ( This program supported post-graduate education for local leaders and community activists from marginalized populations in 22 countries around the world. Although the program is ending (members of the final cohorts are beginning their degree programs) it provides a useful model for supporting community leaders and social innovators, beyond the usual suspects.

  12. Alan, thanks for the information--I have added it to the list, with a note that the program is concluding.

  13. Thanks for this very informative list, Neetal. We'd also like to suggest the American India Foundation's William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India. AIF's William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India provides a select group of young Americans and Indians the opportunity to work with non-governmental organizations and social enterprises for 10 months, in order to accelerate impact for marginalized and underprivileged communities in India. The Fellowship has sent over 250 Fellows to more than 150 high-impact organizations across India. We have 29 fellows in India this year, and you can read more about their experiences here:

  14. Also, applications will open next week, and are due January 9th for the 2012-2013 cycle!

  15. Thank you for the information, I have added the AIF fellowship to the list.

  16. please consider adding City Hall Fellows - fellowships to work in and learn about local government for recent college grads. Application deadline varies by city by cohort year, but interested folks can sign up on the website to be notified of new application cycles.

  17. Bethany, thanks for the information. City Hall Fellows Program has been added to the list.

  18. Hello from London
    Check Make a Wave, a Pre-incubator for Women Social Entrepreneurs
    On Going Programme, next in Spring 2012.
    Best wishes
    Servane Mouazan
    A better world. powere by women

  19. Hi Neetal - fantastic list.

    Please include the LeapFrog Investments Global Fellows program. Rolling applications - current round apply by Dec 8, 2011.

    LeapFrog Investments, the profit-with-purpose fund, is seeking outstanding and dynamic young leaders to join us as Global Fellows. It is the opportunity to work as an Investment Associate or Legal Associate at one of LeapFrog’s three global offices in Asia, Africa and Europe and advance the frontiers of financial inclusion while working daily with global leaders in impact investing.
    Rolling applications, though the current Fellowship application is due December 15.

  20. thanks for the great resource. one slight observation is that some of the links provided by different individuals have wrong deadlines including some on this post.
    This could be misleading. kindly adjust accordingly.
    Once again, great resource.

  21. 1.

  22. Thanks for the great comments and feedback! @Servane Mouazan, I have added the Ogunte Pre-Incubator Programme to the list of social innovation accelerators located here:

  23. @Tom Pryer, LeapFrog Investments Global Fellowship has been added to this list

  24. @Anonymous, you can send specific feedback regarding any information on this post to

  25. You should look at LGT Venture Philanthropy iCats Program, currently beginning the fourth class of fellows.

    LGT Venture Philanthropy supports social organizations with financial capital, access to networks and intellectual capital. As part of the intellectual capital provision, the iCats Program matches business professionals with temporary positions at social organizations to increase their organizational capacity, thus acting as “impact catalysts”.

    More at


  26. another one -

    apply by December

  27. @Aman Singh and @Tony, the fellowships you mentioned have been added to the list. Thanks for sharing.

  28. Check out the Public Allies Teaching Fellowship Program at the Nationally Recognized Eagle Rock School & Professional Development Center -

  29. This list has been updated to include fellowship programs from @PublicAllies and @GreenliningInstitute.

  30. Please add Tata-Dhan Academy. website-

  31. Thanks for this post!

  32. Hi there,
    Great list!
    I'm a StartingBloc Fellow and just wanted to note that the application deadlines vary for each Institute for Social Innovation. Details are here:
    There are about 3 Institutes per year (upcoming: June 2013 in NYC and August 2013 in Detroit).


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