GradFUTURES Social Impact Fellowships

Gain Experience and Make an Impact!

Explore potential career paths and gain invaluable professional skills.
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GradFUTURES Social Impact Fellowships are bespoke opportunities for Princeton graduate students with nonprofit organizations that have partnered with the Graduate School. Host organizations work closely with the Graduate School to determine the learning outcomes and professional development goals for these immersive experiences. Each fellowship is custom-designed for you to apply discipline-specific skills, gain interdisciplinary project team experience, and receive one-on-one mentoring while contributing to the social impact mission of the organization. You gain exposure to organizational dynamics and leadership strategies, participate in virtual meetings and/or presentations, and complete meaningful projects that address local, regional, national, and global challenges. The average time commitment is 10 hours per week for the length of a semester or during the summer.

Isla Xi Han, GS, ARC
“Sometimes you don't realize how transferable your skill sets are until you have to apply them in different circumstances—this works both ways between industry and academia. The GradFUTURES Social Impact Fellowship gave me the chance to reevaluate my skills and research field from a novel perspective. It's both reassuring and freeing to see how academic trainings can be situated in real-world contexts."

Isla Xi Han, GS, ARC

Summer 2024 Opportunities

Application deadline has been extended to April 30th, 2024!

Elaine Tsui
“I am hugely grateful for the opportunity to have participated in the Graduate Alum Mentorship Program and in the GradFUTURES Fellowship with New America. My mentor helped me realize what career I wanted to pursue, and my experience as a GradFUTURES Fellow gave me the confidence to pursue that career. Taking part in this program opened my eyes to the possibilities outside of Princeton and equipped me with a new understanding of myself, personally and professionally.” 

Elaine Tsui, GS, CHE

Current & Former SIF Fellows & Mentors

Jonathan Aguirre, GS, SPO
Vice President, User Experience Research Lead, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Participant, American Higher Ed & Ethics of AI Learning Cohorts & Professional Development Working Group Member
Clio Hall Award Recipient
Karina Alexanyan
Director of Strategy, All Tech is Human
Social Impact Fellowship Mentor
Genevieve Allotey-Pappoe, GS, MUS
University Administrative Fellow
Social Impact Fellow
Scott Alpizar
Director of Venture Commercialization, Foundation Venture Capital Group
Social Impact Fellowship Mentor
Megan Armknecht, GS, HIS
Summer Intern, Bureau of Bureau of Public Affairs/ Office of the Historian in Washington D.C
Pierre Azou, GS, FIT
Social Impact Fellow
Yuzhou Bai *23, EAS
Professional Development Associate 2019-21
Social Impact Fellow
Clio Hall Award Recipient
Rebecca Bengoechea
Senior International Rights Manager, Princeton University Press
Social Impact Fellowship Mentor

In the News

Pierre Azou & Emma Buttin

Image: Sameer A. Khan / Fotobuddy

Grad students and nonprofits are learning from each other in a partnership for the public good

Denise Valenti, Office of Communications
April 6, 2022

Related Programs


In addition to Social Impact Fellowships, the Graduate School offers a range of immersive experiences, all structured to support the timely completion of your degree program. Most of the fellowships are offered throughout the academic year and/or during the summer, and include University Administrative FellowshipsCommunity College Teaching Fellowship​​​​​s​, Higher Education Leadership FellowshipsMicro-Internships in Industry, and Pre-Matriculation Internships.