Social Innovation Fellowship

The Social Innovation Fellowship provides meaningful community engagement and social innovation experiences for undergraduate students at Brown. Focusing on local partnerships and social impacts through the lens of innovation, this two-year developmental program offers students the opportunity to explore modes of social innovation, as well as the technical and conceptual skills and knowledge required for starting successful ventures or for making transformational changes within existing organizations. 

The Fellowship offers students the opportunity to be part of a learning community, together with other students, staff, faculty,  and community partners who are engaged in wrestling with and leveraging the promise and constraints of social innovation, social entrepreneurship, the dynamics of sustained community change, and the connections between academic and community work, active citizenship, and social change.

Applications for the Social Innovation Fellowships are available on UFunds.


Final SIF Application Info Session:

Learn more about the Social Innovation Fellowship and tips for writing an effective application.

Wednesday, March 15, 12:30 - 1pm ET:

If you can't make this session, please email [email protected] to set up an individual meeting.

meet the Social Innovation Fellowship Cohorts

Led in partnership with the award-winning Social Enterprise Greenhouse, the Social Innovation Fellowship is a two-year developmental program that places the community at the center with SEG staff providing fellows with training while partners within the SEG network offer students coaching and hands-on social innovation experience. Fellows also benefit from inclusion in the Swearer Center ecosystem of faculty, advisors and students. In addition to instruction, hands-on training, and mentorship, fellows are provided with an annual stipend of $2,000.

In year one, fellows participate in regular workshops led by SEG and embed within an existing member of SEGs network of social innovators. In year two, fellows have the option to (1) develop and launch a venture of their own, write a sustainability plan, and secure funding as needed or (2) complete a substantial project within a SEG-supported social venture. 


The Social Innovation Fellowship is a two-year program and thus is open to first-year and second-year undergraduate students.


Applications for the Social Innovation Fellowship can be found on UFunds.  The application deadline for the 2023 cohort is April 6, 2023. Interviews for the finalist pool will be held during the weeks of April 10 and April 17. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by Friday, April 21, 2023.


Austin Wilson, Program Manager for Community Engaged Learning: [email protected]