Social Entrepreneur in Residence

Social Entrepreneur in Residence at Brown University

The Swearer Center for Public Service and the Dean of the Faculty have partnered to create a semester-long residency program for entrepreneurial social change senior leaders. This program is ideal for experienced leaders looking for room to reflect, explore academic and research insights, and pursue new ideas in their areas of interest and experience within the context of a world-class university. The SEIR offers a unique opportunity to share knowledge while building a network of other leaders and thinkers.


The Social Entrepreneur in Residence will serve as an educator, advisor, and convener within the social innovation community at Brown. This includes teaching a course that introduces students to the theory of social innovation, adapted to reflect the work of each social entrepreneur; advising students through individual mentorship and holding regular campus office hours; and developing a project of personal interest leveraging the resources and expertise at Brown. This residency is anticipated at 80% time, four days per week.

Why Brown?

Brown provides a vibrant, diverse research university with a particular commitment to exceptional undergraduate instruction. The community consists of about 6,200 undergraduates, 2,000 graduate students, 490 medical school students, more than 5,000 summer, visiting, and online students, and more than 700 faculty members. A hallmark of Brown’s liberal education model is the open curriculum, which puts students in charge of their own learning from the moment they arrive on campus.

The SEIR is a leader for the dozens of students on our campus who are exploring social innovation, particularly through the development of social impact ventures. These students crave advice and guidance from seasoned professionals who have experienced various challenges in entrepreneurship, organizational management, and social change. In addition to an opportunity to be a part of an extraordinary and unique community, the SEIR will receive shared office space on campus; access to Brown’s libraries and faculty members; and a $25,000 stipend.

To apply, please submit a resume and letter of interest to  Your letter should explain how the residency could add value to your career and should describe the resources at Brown that attract you to this residency program.