As momentum behind the social entrepreneurship movement builds, an increasing amount of support has emerged for innovators looking to develop their game-changing ideas. Here is a selection of fellowship opportunities that offer funding, networks and mentorship to social enterprises:
Fellowships at Brown
The Social Innovation Fellowship is a 15-month program that provides training, support and resources to help students at Brown and RISD translate ideas into action. Fellows will participate in programming throughout the experience that will enhance the impact and sustainability of their efforts and build a community of innovators on campus that will support and propel each other through the process.
Though not specifically targeted at social innovation, the international and public service fellowships at the Swearer Center and the Watson Institute are designed to support students with a passion for social change.
Fellowships Beyond Brown
Below are a few fellowships targeted towards early-stage ventures by students and/or young leadership:
The two-year Echoing Green Fellowship program provides start-up capital and technical assistance to help new leaders launch their organizations and build capacity of their social enterprise.
The Rhode Island Innovation Fellowship (supported by the Rhode Island Foundation) is designed to stimulate solutions by Rhode Islanders to Rhode Island challenges. Fellows receive up to $300,000 over up to three years to develop, test, and implement innovative ideas that have the potential to dramatically improve any area of life in Rhode Island.
YouthActionNet strengthens, supports, and celebrates the role of young people in leading positive change in their communities. Each year, 20 exceptional young social entrepreneurs are selected as YouthActionNet Global Fellows. 2013 Fellows will go on a 7-day leadership retreat in Brazil and are provided access to training, networking, and resources through the International Youth Foundation's projects and partners.