The Social Impact Fellowship is a new summer and academic year-long program for rising Columbia University juniors and seniors who aspire to use their talents to help solve 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 2022 with a fully funded, six-week summer intensive designed to provide students with an opportunity to deepen their knowledge, 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 to August at Columbia World Projects (CWP) on the Manhattanville campus of Columbia University. The program will provide each participant a $4,800 stipend, offer six weeks of 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 six-week summer intensive, students will remain engaged with CWP during the 2022-2023 academic year as they receive mentorship, participate in hands-on learning opportunities, meet thought leaders and social impact innovators, including participants in the Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University, and gain insight into the work of CWP.
This is the first program to be launched as part of the Fourth Purpose academy, a series of education and training opportunities led by Columbia World Projects for Columbia students to help realize what Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger calls the university’s “Fourth Purpose” – advancing human welfare and confronting the great challenges of our time.
The Social Impact Fellowship will be offered annually to train emerging undergraduate leaders. A graduate student cohort is expected to launch in the fall of 2022; application information for that program will be announced at a later date.
Applications are now closed. Sign up for the Columbia World Projects newsletter to be notified when future applications become available.
For inquiries please write to [email protected]
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...