The Social Impact Fellowship is a summer and academic year-long program for rising Columbia University juniors and seniors who desire to explore careers in social impact and aspire to use their talents to engage in and lead on solving complex global challenges.
Students at Columbia College, School of General Studies, School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Barnard College are eligible to apply.
The program begins in July 2023 with a fully funded, five-week summer session of interactive programming designed to provide students with an opportunity to deepen their knowledge of key topics for effective social impact, and build new skills and capacities to pursue social impact initiatives and careers. This summer session is a competitively paid opportunity that will run from July 6 to August 11, 2023 at Columbia World Projects (CWP) on the Manhattanville campus of Columbia University. The program will provide each participant a $4,800 stipend, offer summer housing for students who need it, and cover the cost of travel to and from New York City for the summer session.
After the summer session, students will remain engaged with CWP during the academic year to gain exposure to the work of CWP, meet and learn from social impact leaders, including participants in the Obama Foundation Scholars Program, participate in gatherings with thought leaders from a variety of sectors and fields, and engage in a mentorship relationship. The program will culminate in a capstone project where students will be asked to utilize a human-centered design approach to problem solving and present their proposed solution at the end of the fellowship.
Applications will be accepted until Monday, March 27 at 11:59 PM ET.
A review panel will evaluate the applications and short-list candidates, who will be interviewed. Selected candidates will be notified in April 2023.
The Social Impact Fellowship will be offered annually to train emerging undergraduate leaders. Find answers to frequently asked questions.
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2022-2023 Social Impact Fellows
Peter BrownSchool of General StudiesRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Peter Brown is a rising senior at Columbia University’s School of General Studies. Majoring in Political Science, Peter hopes to improve his understanding of the political theories that...
Julianna DesjardinsColumbia CollegeRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Julianna Desjardins is a rising junior at Columbia College where she is majoring in Sustainable Development. Her passion for social impact work is rooted in her experience living at the...
Ronit DhuliaColumbia CollegeRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Ronit Dhulia is a rising junior at Columbia College pursuing a major in Biology and a concentration in Economics. His social impact areas of interest include addressing healthcare disparities and global poverty.
Ellie GeorgeBarnard CollegeRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Ellie George is a rising senior at Barnard College double-majoring in Architecture and English. Her social impact area of interest is inclusive urbanism and seeking sustainable, resilient...
Johanna MartinezColumbia CollegeRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Johanna Martinez is a rising junior at Columbia College studying Sustainable Development and Public Health. Johanna founded her non-profit The Blue Jay Foundation in 2015 and has since...
Julian MeloSchool of General StudiesRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Julian Melo is an immigrant, first generation American, United States Army veteran and rising senior at the School of General Studies, where he is pursuing a degree in Political Science.
Machaela ParkinSchool of General StudiesRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Machaela Parkin is a recent transfer student and rising junior at the School of General Studies, where she is majoring in Human Rights, with the hope of eventually pursuing a career in public interest law.
Eliza Marie TagleBarnard CollegeRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Eliza Marie Tagle is a rising junior at Barnard College majoring in Biology. She is the incoming Junior Representative to the Board of Trustees of the Barnard Student Government Association...