Loyola University Maryland

Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Social Impact Fellowship Program

Loyola University Maryland’s Social Impact Fellowship program engages undergraduate students across disciplines for a 10-month creative and collaborative experience to advance issues of social justice in communities where we live, learn, and work.

Working closely with social impact consultancy Mission Partners, up to 12 students per fellowship year will collectively identify a problem that creates inequities and, through a formal design thinking process, the cohort will develop a solution that leads to more equitable outcomes. Through the Fellowship program, which runs from January through December, students apply and strengthen their strategic, operational, and leadership skills while gaining business strategies and real-world experience that will support their individual and collective quest to build a better world.
Fellows meet monthly during the academic year, rotating between campus meetings, community meetings, and design thinking sessions at the Mission Partners’ office in Bethesda, Md. One required meeting will occur on campus during the summer break. In addition to the Design Thinking process, fellows will participate in mutuality meals and field visits in the community to collect research and prototype solutions. Each Social Innovation Fellow will receive a $1,000 stipend.
The Loyola University Social Impact Fellowship is open to freshman, sophomore, and junior year students, with no more than 4 students per class year. We are currently accepting applications, with awards granted to accepted students by November 30.

Application Requirements

Open to all undergraduate students in good academic standing and who can commit to the schedule running from January through May.

To apply, please submit a video (less than two minutes in length) or a written response (500 words or less) to the following questions:

  1. Why is building equity, diversity and inclusion in communities important?
  2. Why do you wish to participate in this fellowship?

We are still accepting 2018-2019 applications. Apply today!


For more information about the Social Impact Fellowship Program, contact Wendy Bolger, Director of the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, at webolger@loyola.edu or join us at the IDEA Space at Loyola Notre Dame Library.

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