Fellowships | Net Impact


The Net Impact Fellowship is a year-long leadership development program where you can design and implement an action project on your campus about a specific topic. Be part of an intimate cohort of like-minded peers from across the country who are passionate about bringing awareness or institutional change to their campuses around concrete solutions.

Join a cohort of smart, passionate students from across the globe who want to make an impact!

This year we have four Fellowships. We invite you to read through this page carefully, then apply to the cohorts you are most interested in. You are welcome to apply to more than one, ranking your choices.

Climate Fellowship: There’s growing scientific research around the connection between human health and environmental health. In fact, the World Health Organization estimates that more than 12 million deaths annually are caused by environmental risks, including air pollution and climate impacts. Fellows have the option of doing a project related to raising awareness or creating institutional change on campus around the topic of climate change.

The Climate Fellowship is supported by Johnson & Johnson.

Impact Investing & Diversity Fellowship: The impact investing field is currently less racially diverse than it should be in order to be inclusive of practitioners from different backgrounds and better mirror the communities it aims to serve. This means that people of color are left behind in one of the most exciting, growing, and impactful fields of our time. This fellowship seeks to build diversity in the impact investing sector through identifying and supporting high potential future leaders in the field, connecting them to mentors and opportunities, and showcasing their stories to others. Fellows will be asked to design and implement an educational event on their campus focused on impact investing that incorporates local experts and organizations in the field.

The Impact Investing & Diversity Fellowship is supported by The Kresge Foundation.

Racial Equity Fellowship: Fellows have the option of doing a project related to raising awareness or creating institutional change on campus around the topic of racial equity. Projects might advance the topics of education access, criminal justice, cultural appreciation, or terminology and misconceptions. You can see last year’s projects here.

The Racial Equity Fellowship is supported by Newman’s Own Foundation, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, and Symantec Foundation.

Food Fellowship: Fellows have the option of doing a project related to raising awareness or creating institutional change on campus around the topic of food. You can see last year’s projects here. Projects might advance the topics of plant-based diets, access and nutrition, waste, or something else.

The Food Fellowship is supported by Newman’s Own Foundation.

  • All undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply
  • Fellows who are not part of a Net Impact chapter will work towards starting one as part of the program
  • Fellows will be asked to submit project proposals at the time of the application
  • Fellows will be asked to attend the 2018 Net Impact Conference with free registration
  • Receive free registration to the 2018 Net Impact Conference in Phoenix, Arizona on October 25-27; network with inspiring change makers, meet your cohort, and engage in Fellowship-specific training
  • Receive a travel stipend to attend the conference
  • Build your resume by leading a real-world impact project
  • Develop your leadership skills by implementing a meaningful project on your campus (Net Impact Central will support you with tools and a stipend)
  • Learn from an awesome cohort of students from around the globe
  • Letters of recommendation 
  • Share your changemaking story with the world
  • September 17: Fellowship Application submissions deadline
  • October 25-27: Fellows attend 2018 Net Impact Conference in Phoenix, AZ
  • November 2018 - December 2018: Fellows research and plan campus projects
  • January 2019 - March 2019: Fellows implement and evaluate campus projects
  • Yearlong: Virtual cohort meetups, support from Net Impact Central, and access to experts

What is Net Impact Central looking for in Fellows?

The Net Impact Fellowship was created to support to support emerging leaders in creating real impact on the cohort topic – either through measurably educating peers or creating lasting institutional change on campus. We are looking for individuals who have an initial project vision (don’t worry, we’ll help you evolve and refine it), and are committed to participating fully in the Fellowship through to project completion. If you want to use your fellowship to build on a project that is very well established, then this Fellowship may not be for you. For the Impact Investing Fellowship, we seek to have a fellowship cohort representative of the change the Fellowship seeks to make and especially encourage you to apply if you are from an under-represented background.

Will I get paid to participate in this Fellowship Program?

You will receive free Net Impact Conference registration, a stipend to complete an action project on your campus, virtual leadership development training, and access to a cohort of like-minded peers. You will not receive compensation for participating in the Fellowship program.

What if I want to be a Fellow but I can't attend the Net Impact Conference?

It is important for all Fellows to attend the Net Impact Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, October 25-27. The Conference is an amazing opportunity to meet the other Fellows, develop your action projects, and get inspired by industry experts. If it is not possible for you to attend, exceptions may be made. Please note that the Impact Investing Fellowship will provide a travel stipend.

How much of a time commitment is it to be a Fellow?

The Fellowship runs from October 2018 - April 2019. Fellows on average spend 2-5 hours per week participating in cohort activities and working on their project but this varies greatly depending on the time of year and the scope of the project.

Can I apply to more than one cohort?

Please choose the cohort you are most interested in. If you aren't accepted into the cohort you applied for, you may be invited to a different cohort based on space.


Email us at fellowships@netimpact.org