Impact Fellows

Together, we can solve humanity’s greatest challenges

Are you ready to make history?

In an age of extraordinary innovation, we find the best solutions to humanity’s biggest challenges when everyone contributes. Together, we can unlock our creative potential to innovate solutions to these global grand challenges.

At Singularity University, we convene an inclusive and collaborative community of inspired solvers, innovators, and changemakers—from around the globe and across all borders—who are equipped to tackle these problems using exponentially advancing technologies.

What is an Impact Fellow?

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As an Impact Fellow you will embark on a journey to change the world. First, through one of SU’s selected programs, you will explore how to drive scalable social impact by engaging the exponential technologies that will shape our future. Then, leverage those transformational tools, ideas, and connections to inspire and activate your local community and SU’s global network. Throughout the fellowship, you will bring new perspectives to the conversation through a community of solvers and doers around the world.

Fellows spend the first part of their program in Silicon Valley (or the location of the conference) for up to a week gaining an exponential mindset, before returning to their communities to implement their Impact Initiatives. Over the course of the remaining year, Fellows will dream, design, and deliver transformational social impact by leveraging exponential technologies.

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“Inclusive communities are the catalysts for innovative social impact; that is the power of difference.”

—Lajuanda M. Asemota

Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Singularity University

Who We're Looking For

We’re seeking visionary leaders who want to use exponentially advancing technologies to transform people, organizations, and the world. These change agents are working on solving what we call global grand challenges (GGCs).

Future Impact Fellows are:

  • Social impact rockstars in nonprofits, NGOs, or government agencies
  • Champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion in technology, innovation, and business
  • Citizens of communities around the world, especially those in developing or emerging markets
  • Tech-domain experts and innovation leaders focused on social impact
  • Academic leaders training the next generation in technology and entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurs and investors working on addressing GGCs with cutting-edge tech and innovation

Do you have what it takes to be the next Impact Fellow?

The fellowship is open to those who have not previously attended an SU program. It is our intention to expose new global changemakers to SU programming who have not yet had the opportunity, and especially to support social impact innovators who, despite lacking resources, have made positive changes in their communities and around the world.

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The Impact Fellowship Opportunity

During a year-long engagement as an Impact Fellow, you will:


Join us—free of charge—to learn about exponential technologies and the global grand challenges at one of the following transformational SU educational programs:

The Executive Program is a week-long immersive educational experience in the heart of Silicon Valley. You’ll be inspired by talks on emerging exponential technologies delivered by world-renowned faculty, further enhanced by deep discussions with other leaders in the class.

Exponential Summits are intensive multi-day events that gather world-class faculty, innovators, and organizations from around the world to explore the convergence of fast moving technologies and their implications on industries and our planet.


Create or advance an Impact Initiative in your community or professional organization. Examples include:

  • A new organization
  • Research and development
  • Organizational innovation
  • Policy change
  • Education and awareness
  • Resource mobilization


Share your work and expertise in various SU programs and activities, including through publications or presentations.

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Champion community innovation activities and initiatives in your area or region as an advisor, organizer, or ambassador.

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“The Impact Fellows Program ensures we have a diverse group of impact-driven individuals in our programs and enables us to nurture and invest in talented innovators based solely on merit. Our goal at SU is to serve as a catalyst for change through exponential thinking and an abundance mindset, and Impact Fellows helps us bring these methods to underserved communities.”

- Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom, Chief Impact Officer, Singularity University

Upcoming Application Periods

Singularity University Impact Fellows is open to those who have not previously attended an SU program.

It is our intention to expose new global changemakers to SU programming who have not yet had the opportunity, especially those who do not have the ability to pay. We seek innovators who are set on solving humanity's biggest problems through disruptive and exponential technologies from under resourced and underrepresented parts of the world.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Select a program below to see more details.

Exponential Manufacturing

Applications due on February 1, 2017

Selection notifications sent on February 28, 2017 

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Exponential Finance

Applications due on March 1, 2017

Selection notifications sent on March 31, 2017

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Executive Program

Selection notifications sent on November 30.
More application dates coming soon!

SingularityU Country Summits

Coming soon!

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Our Current Fellows

At Singularity University, we convene a collaborative community of inspired solvers, innovators, and thinkers charged with applying exponential technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges. Impact Fellows are distinguished leaders shaping the future of social impact through meaningful Impact Initiatives and serving as innovation champions in their fields and communities. From a large pool of diverse, talented applicants from all over the world, we're beyond thrilled to welcome the next wave of social impact innovators! Click below to learn all about them and the fantastic work they're doing.

Meet the fellows

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