Taubman Center & Social Innovation Partnership

Our partnership with the Taubman Center for Public Policy & American Institutions provides Brown undergraduates and graduates with meaningful ways of exploring social innovation in the classroom and community. We believe in creating opportunities for students to not only pursue their passions through scholarship and service, but also design bold, innovative ideas that transform society and the world. 

Course Development

Taubman Center’s distinguished faculty draw from political science, education, economics, sociology, community health, and related areas. Working with the Social Innovation Initiative, they have developed a set of courses focused on high-performing approaches to social change, including: Nonprofit Organizations; Social Entrepreneurship; Thinking, Planning, and Acting Strategically; and Leading Social Ventures. These courses, open to both undergraduates and graduates, challenge students to consider the role of every sector in tackling significant social challenges through leadership, entrepreneurship, and public policy. Learn more about these courses and others on our Courses in Innovation page.

Advancing Graduate Education

The Taubman Center now offers Masters in Public Affairs students a special track in Social Innovation & Nonprofit Leadership - the first program of its kind in the nation. Whether you are a seasoned professional looking to enhance your career or an undergraduate considering your next move, this two-year advanced degree from the Taubman Center will put you on the fast track to becoming a leader among those who solve some of the world’s most pressing problems.

The Taubman Center now offers funding for 1-2 MPA students - working as individuals or in teams - to participate in SII’s Social Innovation Fellowship, which includes Brown and RISD undergraduates. The Fellowship provides a year of funding for students to grow a social venture over the summer supported by intensive skills training, complementary coursework, and a community of social innovators offering mentorship and critique.

Graduate students at the Taubman Center may also apply for Impact Providence, a summer internship program run by the Swearer Center for Public Service (also home to the Social Innovation Initiative). This opportunity provides a $3,000 stipend to pursue 8-10 week internships with organizations based in the greater Providence area.

Please note: Masters in Public Policy students are welcome to apply for both the Social Innovation Fellowship and Impact Providence internships; however, preference will be given to eligible MPA students.


Visit the Taubman Center’s website to learn more about its commitment to interdisciplinary study, research, and advocacy of sound public policy and the betterment of American institutions.