2019 Cohort Eligibility and Structure

In 2019, the Social Innovation and Change Initiative will invite up to 15 exceptional students from Harvard Business School, Harvard Kennedy School, and Harvard College to join the New World Social Innovation Fellowship. Selected for their commitment and potential to create lasting social change, students attend weekly co-curricular sessions to learn social impact frameworks, apply these lessons to their projects, and advance their work as well as that of others in the cohort.

Fellowship applications for current HKS students, current HBS students, and rising juniors/seniors at Harvard College are now open. Applications for HKS Mid-Career students will open in Summer 2019.

Applicants must attend all co-curricular sessions (one night/week) on Harvard Kennedy School’s campus for the duration of the 2019 – 20 academic year and be in good academic standing for the duration of their participation in the program. Domestic and international students are welcome to apply.

  • HKS: Applicants for the 2019 Cheng Fellow cohort must be Master’s candidates graduating from an HKS degree program in Spring 2020, including the one-year Mid-Career program. This is a one-year Fellowship experience.
  • HBS: Applicants for the 2019 Cheng Fellow cohort must be Master’s candidates graduating from an HBS degree program in Spring 2020. This is a one-year Fellowship experience.
  • Harvard College: Applicants for the 2019 Cheng Fellow cohort must be current sophomores or juniors at the College graduating in Spring 2020 or 2021. Seniors will have a one-year fellowship experience. Juniors participate in a two-year Fellowship experience, providing students with an extended runway for post-graduate planning, individualized support, and deepened community. Year 1 is spent engaging in the weekly co-curricular programming together with HKS Fellows, while Year 2 is focused on developing and executing on your individual game plan. College Fellows must plan to participate in a summer experience related to their Fellowship work during Summer 2020, between Year 1 and Year 2.

Partners may apply, but all applicants must meet the eligibility requirements outlined above. Each person must submit an application and will be assessed on an individual basis. If a partnership is accepted, program funding is allocated on a project basis (not per individual Fellow) and dependent on successful completion of the program by the pair.