GradFUTURES Social Impact Fellowships

Gain Experience and Make an Impact!

Explore potential career paths and gain invaluable professional skills.
FASPE Reunion 2023

Participants gather for the 2023 FASPE Reunion. Image: Sameer A. Khan / Fotobuddy

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

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Current and Former Fellows and Mentors

Karina Alexanyan
Director of Strategy, All Tech is Human
Social Impact Fellowship Mentor
Scott Alpizar
Director of Venture Commercialization
Rebecca Bengoechea
Senior International Rights Manager, Princeton University Press
Social Impact Fellowship Mentor
Debbie Bisno
Director of University and Artistic Partnerships, McCarter Theatre
Anna Blue, GS, SPIA
Graduate Student, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs
Social Impact Fellow
Pilar Castro-Kiltz '10
Founder, Princeton Arts Alumni
CEO and Founder, More Canvas Consulting
Elizabeth Christopherson
President and CEO, Rita Allen Foundation
Social Impact Fellowship Mentor
Ben Dalton
Program Manager, New America’s Future Frontlines Program
David Goldman
Founder and Chairman, Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE)
Joann Halpern
Director of the Hasso Plattner Institute
Yutong Li, GS, ART
Social Impact Fellow

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.