6 Virtual Social Impact Fellowships for Young Professionals

May 18, 2021

It’s still possible to make a positive social impact in the midst of the pandemic! This list highlights fellowship programs that are currently being held remotely and give fellows the opportunity to make a difference in their communities and around the world. If one of them sounds like a great fit for you, be sure to bookmark it to your ProFellow account!

Acumen UK Fellowship

The Acumen UK Fellowship equips ~20 Fellows based in the UK with the practices and community needed to deepen and sustain their impact. Practical skills meet moral imagination. The programme increases a Fellow’s capacity to bridge our divides and take on long-standing problems of injustice. Fellows remain in their roles and come together for 3 immersive residentials, each lasting 5-6 days, throughout the year. In addition, 2 workshop series is delivered virtually, spanning 4-5 weeks each, with a commitment of ~8hrs per week. There is also peer coaching. Acumen Academy UK covers all programme-related expenses.

Aspiring Latino Leaders Fellowship

The Aspiring Latino Leaders Fellowship is an academic-year program that invests in Latino education leaders with 5-13 years of experience living in Greater Boston and Greater Houston. A talented network of Latino changemakers come together, cultivating effective Latino leaders and providing long-term career support. Fellows attend monthly sessions and two overnight retreats that are designed to increase self-efficacy around critical leadership competencies. Fellows also have opportunities to interact with education organizations across the local ecosystem. They also receive personal coaching and support to maximize their experiences.

Logan Nonfiction Fellowship

Fellowships of 5-10 weeks for nonfiction reporters and writers working on important social, political, health, environmental, human rights, and justice topics. Logan Nonfiction fellows at the Carey Institute are provided all the necessary tools to complete their critical work. Lodging, workspace, sophisticated technological support (including Wi-Fi, a state-of-the-art screening room and dedicated space, equipment and software for video, film, and radio editing), and meals are provided. Professional journalists and writers of all nationalities are invited to apply, but knowledge of the English language is required.

Morgridge Acceleration Program Fellowship

The Morgridge Acceleration Program (MAP) Fellowship matches nonprofit executives, called MAP Mentors, with emerging leaders, called MAP Fellows, looking to create a positive impact while developing professional skill sets and networks. MAP Mentors commit to sharing their expertise, industry knowledge, and professional network with their MAP Fellow during the program. Fellows remain in their current, full-time jobs while dedicating approximately 10 hours a month, or 60 hours through the duration of the program, toward solving a challenge posed by their mentor. All expenses and experiences associated with the MAP Fellowship are fully funded.

New Sector Residency in Social Enterprise (RISE)

The New Sector Residency in Social Enterprise (RISE) is an 11-month professional development program designed for emerging leaders with up to 5 years of professional work experience. In addition to full-time employment at one of our partner host-sites, Fellows receive monthly professional development training, mentorship, and individual career coaching to support their long-term careers in the social sector. New Sector Alliance is currently only accepting fellowship applications in the Twin Cities. Salary and benefits are provided by the host site partner. After the priority deadline applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

The Other & Belonging Summer Fellowship

The Othering & Belonging Institute Summer Fellowship is a three-month-long, part-time, 20-hour per week paid research experience. The purpose of the fellowship is to prepare and engage with the next generation of researchers and future community leaders who are committed to social and racial justice by providing mentorship and hands-on experience. In addition to independent work on assigned summer projects, fellows will explore pressing social justice issues as a cohort by participating in bi-weekly workshops and collaboratively organizing a local field trip to engage with issues and stakeholders in the field. The fellowship runs from mid-May to mid-August every year and takes place at the Othering & Belonging Institute office on the UC Berkeley campus.

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