Stanford Impact Founder Fellowships and Prizes

The Stanford Impact Founder Fellowship provides $110,000 in funding along with advising support to Fellows who want to start a high-impact for-profit or nonprofit venture to address a pressing social or environmental need. Distinct from the fellowship, SIF finalists are eligible to receive a $20,000 SIF Prize in acknowledgment of their venture and leadership potential.

Since 2009, SIF has supported Fellows working around the world on issues ranging from educational equity to climate change. Past Fellows have applied their degree from Stanford to overcome barriers to social and environmental progress, address the needs of marginalized populations, and build innovative solutions.

Since 2022, as part of the Ecopreneurship collaboration between GSB and the Doerr School of Sustainability, the environmental sustainability track of the SIF Fellowship, SIF-Eco, has expanded eligibility beyond Stanford GSB to support graduating students from across Stanford University.

Fellowship Benefits

  • A generous stipend of $110,000 to explore a social or environmental venture
  • Year-long personalized impact and entrepreneurship coaching
  • An automatic invitation to join the Stanford Venture Studio resident program for the fellowship year


Social Entrepreneurship Track (SIF-Social): Graduating MBA and MSx students in good academic standing are eligible to apply.

Ecopreneurship Track (SIF-Eco): Graduating graduate students from any Stanford school in good academic standing are eligible to apply.

Selection Process

The fellowship is designed to support emerging social entrepreneurs and ecopreneurs as they test, implement, and iterate on their venture ideas. We look for aspiring leaders who understand their position in the broader system, are deeply committed to making the world a better place, and can inspire others to serve their mission. Each year, we convene an esteemed slate of social and environmental leaders from around the world to select the most promising graduating students to receive the fellowship. Expert panelists evaluate not only the proposed ventures but also each candidate’s commitment to the problem area and strategic orientation, among other criteria.

SIF Fellows

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October 18, 2023
For this Stanford Impact Founder Fellow, artificial intelligence will provide a new way to catch early signs of mental health challenges.
October 11, 2023
Stanford Impact Founder Fellow is developing aviation batteries that could keep the world flying — sustainably.
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August 22, 2023
Stanford Impact Founder Ecopreneurship Fellow is developing a synthetic alternative to palm oil.
Portrait of Kelly Redmond. Credit: Saul Bromberger
August 08, 2023
Stanford Impact Founder Fellow is using artificial intelligence to create a personalized tutor.
Vivek Ramakrishnan, MBA ’23
July 27, 2023
Stanford Impact Founder Fellow aims to supply African businesses with an affordable payment network.
Justin Ziegler, MBA ’23
May 19, 2023
Stanford Impact Founder Fellow launched Patch Caregiving to help parents in emergencies.
Portrait of Sarah Alexander. Credit: Saul Bromberger