Social Innovation Fellowship 2019

Job Type

Full Time


00Details: This is an unpaid post-graduate fellowship, no course fees to be paid



Start Date


Application Deadline



United Kingdom


Year Here is a platform for early career professionals to learn to build entrepreneurial responses to society’s toughest problems. 


Year Here is a full-time postgraduate course in social innovation based in London. Unlike a traditional Master’s degree, it's immersive, action-oriented and grounded in the daily experience of those at the frontline of inequality – where your journey starts, at homeless hostels, care homes or pupil referral units across the capital. 


Our Fellows come from all sorts of backgrounds and industries from biochemistry to journalism, theatre to engineering. With an average of 4 years’ career experience, they bring an incredibly diverse set of professional skills and life experiences to the programme. What unites them is their brilliant personal qualities – like resourcefulness, humility and resilience – and their passion for social action. 


Over 10 months you’ll focus on a complex social issue: the housing crisis, educational inequality, community resilience, vulnerable youth, or health and wellness. 


Supported by a network including The Cabinet Office, Bain & Co, and Nesta – if selected, you will: 

  • Serve at the frontline. You will spend 5 months learning first-hand from the people hit hardest by inequality to gain the personal insight that is essential to design measures to create change. 
  • Test and build ventures. You’ll test and build your own social enterprise, with the potential to progress to our Incubator and launch it to the world. Half of our alumni pursue the social business they create during the programme.  
  • Learn from expert faculty. You’ll be assigned a personal mentor and receive extensive training from a faculty of more than 80 leaders from across the social innovation field – who specialise in everything from entrepreneurship, government policy, community development and service design. 
  • Design solutions. Our Fellows learn the latest innovation tools, used by the world’s top tech start-ups and design companies, to solve real-world problems. You’ll build your own projects from the get-go, starting with designing innovations to further your frontline placement’s impact. 
  • Find your people. Year Here is a strong community and you’ll spend a lot of time with Year Here’s team and faculty, other Fellows and alumni; these will become your support network, collaborators and co-founders. This is a unique opportunity to join a growing movement of entrepreneurs and activists. 


Beyond Year Here 

Our alumni go on to run the social enterprises they start at Year Here, work for fast-growing social start-ups or forge an exciting portfolio career. 


They have founded 20 social ventures including: 

– Chatterbox: an online language tuition platform staffed by refugees 

– Ally: a chatbot that gives vulnerable young people information and tools to escape homelessness 

– Birdsong:  a fashion brand handcrafted by women’s groups – from elderly knitters to migrant seamstresses – with a ‘no sweatshops, no photoshop’ ethos 

– Fat Macy’s: a catering company that trains homeless Londoners to run supper clubs that help them raise a deposit for their first flat 


Collectively our ventures have reached over 4,000 beneficiaries, generated more than £2m in revenue and received national coverage in The Guardian, Huffington Post, Independent, Daily Mail, Financial Times, Vice and BBC News.  


Our alumni have been award 4 Shackleton awards, a Forbes 30 Under 30, Social Enterprise of The Year and a WeWork Creators award, among many others. 


Who we are 

Year Here was launched in 2013 at 10 Downing St, since then we have worked with 146 Fellows across nine programmes and been named one of Britain's 50 New Radicals by Nesta and The Observer. 


Our Faculty includes social entrepreneurs, policy makers and innovation experts – from Sophie Howarth, co-founder of School Of Life, to award-winning social designer Lauren Currie OBE and Nishant Lalwani, Director of Investments at Omidyar Network. 


There are no course fees 

Unlike a traditional Master’s degree or postgraduate course, we cover your tuition fee. 


Our financial support package includes access to loans, bursaries, flexible paid work, TfL discounts and affordable accommodation. 


Our financial support package includes access to loans, bursaries, flexible paid work, TfL discounts and affordable accommodation.

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluent in written and spoken English

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


How To Apply


Register and apply by midnight on Sunday 2nd December 2018. Find out more about the application process itself to get you started.