Social Innovation Fellowship

The Social Innovation Fellowship provides funding, advising, and support to Fellows who want to start a high-impact for-profit or nonprofit social venture to address a pressing social or environmental need.

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

Fellowship Benefits

  • A generous stipend for a graduating Stanford GSB student to explore a social 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. We consider each candidate’s ability to keep an eye on the goal, accept input without giving up, attract resources to the cause, and reach outside the organization to develop partnerships and system-wide solutions.

Social Innovation Fellows

School Story & News Search

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

October 05, 2020
The 2020 Social Innovation Fellow’s multi-channel tool has potential for broad use in bringing affordable healthcare to emerging markets.
Dare Ladejobi, MSx ’20. Credit: Adeolu Osibodu