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Global Social Benefit Fellowship

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The Global Social Benefit Fellowship provides a comprehensive program of mentored, field-based study and action research for undergraduate juniors within the GSBI® worldwide network of social entrepreneurs. The fellowship combines a fully funded 6-7 week international summer field experience in the developing world with two quarters of academically rigorous research. It is a program of practical social justice, in the Jesuit educational tradition. This is a richly rewarding yet demanding experience, one that requires a time-intensive, nine month commitment. Each fellow will receive a support package to cover all international travel, in-country expenses, and research costs, plus a modest summer stipend.

Learn more > What is Social Entrepreneurship?

This Fellowship builds on the signature program of the Center: the Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI®). For the past twelve years, GSBI has sponsored more than 200 social entrepreneurs around the world. The entrepreneurs come to Silicon Valley to strengthen their business plans, enhance their social impact and prepare for social impact investments. GSB Fellows conduct action research in service in interdisciplinary teams with one of the social enterprises in this network.

In 2014, we anticipate awarding about 15 fellowships to conduct action research with about 6 GSBI social enterprise partners. We work closely with social enterprises to craft action research plans for the fellows to execute during the fellowship. Detailed draft action research projects will be posted on our webpage in early January, 2014. Applicants will express their preferences forparticular placements as part of the application process. Candidates with Spanish language fluency are strongly encouraged to apply.

Learn more > What is action research?

This program integrates leadership development with action research into practical solutions in the developing world for poverty and environmental problems. It trains student leaders to conduct research in the developing world into how social entrepreneurs address the fundamental human needs of poor communities. This fellowship emphasizes leadership development, personal growth in self-awareness, and reflection on one's vocation. Research projects will be presented during fellow's senior year. Ideally, research projects will enhance senior theses, design projects, and capstone projects. Applicants should be prepared for a sustained effort in research and personal reflection across all nine months of the fellowship.

Learn more > Attend the 2014 Social Entrepreneurship Action Research Roundtables

Listen to the 2013 Social Entrepreneurship Action Research Roundtables.

Students from all disciplines are eligible to apply during the winter of their junior year. Successful applicants will demonstrate academic excellence, a commitment to community service, and the personal responsibility necessary to live and work in a developing world context. Experience of community service in the developing world would be advantageous. The Center and the review committee will select fellows based on their academic strength, community service experience, and potential to successfully live and work in an underserved community with a culture different than their own. We will evaluate each applicant individually, but will also consider the overall composition of the team. The application deadline for the 2014 cohort will be January 28, 2014.

Learn more > Come to a GSBF info session! All will be held in the Center for Science, Technology, and Society in Nobili Hall. Please confirm a place by emailing Keith Warner OFM, Director of Education and Action Research, at

•    Wednesday January 8 at 5:30 pm
•    Wednesday January 15 at noon
•    Tuesday January 21 at 5:30 pm

Learn more > Application Instructions