Fellowship

Program Information

The New World Social Enterprise Fellows Program has four key elements: co-curricular sessions, coaching and mentoring, self-directed experiential learning, and financial support. Over the course of the Fellowship, students work to refine their understanding of a specific social problem, reflect on their personal identities and sources of power, and take action in finding their unique pathway forward, making concrete plans to continue their work post-graduation as social innovators in movements, organizations, businesses, and/or government. Fellows will also become part of a dedicated cohort and larger community of changemakers invested in advancing their work and the work of their peers to achieve positive social impact.

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.

In addition to the world-class curricular studies offered at Harvard, Cheng Fellows will:

  • Participate in weekly co-curricular sessions focused on developing core competencies and skills for social problem-solving;
  • Engage with and learn from leading faculty, social innovators, sector experts, major foundations, and others;
  • Join in a cohort of like-minded peers dedicated to and working toward achieving social change;
  • Receive mentorship and guidance from faculty and staff affiliated with the Fellowship, in addition to an extensive network of coaches and mentors;
  • Undertake a self-directed project;
  • Produce a comprehensive Social Change Plan that serves as a reflection of your learning and a springboard for continued action post-graduation; and
  • Be eligible for up to $30,000 in funding in support of project-related inquiry, development, ideation, and advancement upon successful completion of the program.

This program challenges Fellows to grapple with complexity; engage directly and thoughtfully with stakeholders and constituents; dissect the systems and politics that shape the problem space; and continually assess whether the actions they are taking will bring about desired social change.

The Award

Cheng Fellows are eligible for up to a total of $30,000 in support of project-related inquiry, development, ideation, and advancement. A limited sum from this pool is accessible to Fellows while they are in school to enable real-world learning and practice of the skills and competencies introduced through the Fellowship. Significant funding is held pending successful program completion and is intended to support project-related work post-graduation. If accepted as a partnership, funding is allocated on a project basis (not per individual Fellow) and dependent on successful completion of the program by the whole team.

Fellowship funding can be used towards:

  • understanding the problem;
  • identifying solutions;
  • testing and implementing a specific solution; and
  • filling in professional skills gaps.

Please note that all funding awarded through the New World Social Enterprise Fellows Program is intended to support Cheng Fellow projects and is not applicable to tuition, school fees, etc.