Stanford Impact Founder Fellowships and Prizes

The Stanford Impact Founder Fellowship (formerly the Social Innovation 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. 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 Graduate School of Business to overcome barriers to social and environmental progress, address the needs of marginalized populations, and build innovative solutions.

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


Graduating MBA and MSx students in good academic standing are eligible to apply.

Selection Process

The fellowship is designed to support emerging social entrepreneurs 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, CSI convenes 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

School Story & News Search

January 28, 2022
Social Innovation Fellow aims to address the learning crisis for students with little or no internet access.
Headshot of Abdulhamid Haidar. | Credit: Photo by Javier Flores.

November 09, 2021
Determined to address climate change with hydrogen-powered vehicles.
Headshot of Ted McKlveen. Credit: Photo by Javier Flores

August 27, 2021
Through his nonprofit, Vocal Justice, this Social Innovation Fellow hopes to reach a rising and transformational generation of Black and Brown youth.
Shawon Jackson. Credit: Javier Flores