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Social Impact Fellowship

Social Impact Fellows in the Forum at Columbia University

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