Student Fellowship

The New World Social Innovation Fellowship is a rigorous co-curricular program for change-makers committed to addressing pressing social problems in new and creative ways. The Fellowship selects and supports students – known as Cheng Fellows – advancing progress on a social challenge through a project of their design. Collectively, Fellows’ efforts represent innovation across issues, around the world, and within sectors, including civil society, business, government, and NGO organizations.

Through weekly co-curricular programming, coaching, mentoring, and seed funding, the Fellowship provides a platform for students to develop and scale efforts while in school and post-graduation.The program is rigorous and time-intensive, intended for students with a steadfast commitment to a defined social or public problem and dedication to advancing concrete progress against this problem while in school and post-graduation.

Program Framework

The Fellowship is guided by a social innovation organizing framework developed by our SICI faculty team called the “3P Framework.” Our research and teaching experience suggests three key lenses through which social innovators should consider their social change efforts: the nature of the social problem they aim to help address, their personal characteristics, and the requirements of the pathway to social innovation. Through weekly sessions, the Fellowship brings together academic theory and practitioner frameworks to explore each of these aspects at increasing levels of depth to guide better decisions that result in positive social impact.

Program Elements

The New World Social Innovation Fellowship is comprised of four key elements:

  1. Co-Curricular Session: Learn frameworks and tactical workshops introduced by SICI staff, faculty, and established social innovators in weekly sessions.
  2. Coaching: Work with the SICI team through regular office hours and custom support for all Fellows.
  3. Action: Undertake a self-directed project and produce a comprehensive Social Change Plan that serves as a springboard for continued action post-graduation.
  4. Funding: Be eligible for up to $30,000 in funding for project advancement upon successful completion of the program.

Please note that all funding awarded through the New World Social Innovation Fellows Program is not applicable to tuition, school fees, etc.

About Adrian Cheng

The New World Social Innovation Fellows Program is supported by New World Development Company, a Hong Kong-listed conglomerate led by Adrian Cheng, a 2002 graduate of Harvard College.

Adrian Cheng is the Executive Vice-chairman and General Manager of New World Development Company Limited. He is the chairman of New World Group Charity Foundation Limited and a director of certain subsidiaries of the Group. Cheng worked in a major international bank prior to joining New World Development Company Limited in September 2006 and has substantial experience in corporate finance. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (cum laude) from Harvard University with a focus on East Asia studies and was conferred the Honorary Doctorate of Humanities by the Savannah College of Art and Design. Cheng founded New World Springboard Community Program which encourages young people to give back to society and also founded K11 Art Mall and K11 Arts Foundation which nurtures young artists, offers international scholarships, and hosts exhibitions around the world. He is the vice-chairman of the Youth Federation of the Central State-owned Enterprises, the vice-chairman of All-China Youth Federation, a member of the Tianjin Municipal Committee of The Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, and a member of Board of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority.