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Make An Impact As An NC State Social Innovation Fellow

Work hands-on with a network of community partners to create real-world impact.

Social Innovation Fellows are undergraduate and graduate students from all corners of campus who are interested in becoming change makers – social entrepreneurs, innovators and visionaries who have a dream to change the world – and who want to learn to improve their skills and knowledge to solve society’s greatest challenges.

A year-long, team-based learning experience, the Social Innovation Fellows program enables NC State’s social entrepreneurs and innovators to consider more fully their impact on humanity and our planet.

Fellows explore issues of ethics and sustainability at the intersection of social sector and responsible business practice. They gain great self-understanding and see the impact they can have in their communities and the world.

Wondering if You’re a Good Fit?

  • Want to work on an interdisciplinary team outside your undergraduate major or graduate program?
  • Have a passion to improve the world and lives of those around you?
  • Want to deeply explore a social challenge related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals?
  • Currently work on a social venture, product or project but don’t know where to go to develop it?

Support from SIF

Fellows can receive up to up $1,500 in support for additional related enrichment (social innovation/social entrepreneurship conferences, seminars, workshops, learning materials, prototyping materials for personal ventures, etc).

Teams receive a micro-investment of $1,000 for prototyping, development or other related uses decided upon by the team.

Fellows are required to meet at least once per month with their team. In addition, they are required to attend our skills-based Innovation Labs that are led by staff and guest speakers and occur monthly. Fellows are also expected to maintain good academic standing, and to represent the program in a positive manner both on and off campus

The Application

The application will be open until March 22, 2024.

For questions, please email