An education in social impact that complements whatever you're learning, wherever you're learning.

Our virtual Fellowship is designed to meet you where you are. 

This year, SIA and Railyard Lab are teaming up to deliver the Fellowship Program.

As an SIA or Railyard Academy Fellow, you'll participate in:


Training Modules

You’ll be trained on skills that are relevant to social innovation. Curated by the HSBC Social Innovation Academy and Railyard Lab, and designed with leading industry partners, you will leave the Fellowship feeling confident with your leadership and technical skills.

Some areas we will cover include:

SIA Fellows will specialize in Research skills.

  • Impact measurement (SROI, CBA, IRIS+)
  • Market research (customer discovery, product-market fit)
  • Research methodologies (ethics, qualitative and quantitative design)

Railyard Academy Fellows will specialize in Design skills.

  • Design thinking and approaches
  • Brand and visual design
  • Service and product design

All Fellows will also get exposure to Finance skills, curated by our partner National Social Value Fund.

  • Investment models (social value investing, venture capital, philanthropy)
  • Financial and quantitative modelling
  • Investment mechanisms and vehicles for social innovation


You’ll work on hands-on projects with a team of multi-disciplinary Fellows. Canadian social enterprises, non-profits, impact funds will issue Challenges that they are facing. You’ll get real-life experience working with leading organizations in Canada.

Past Challenges include:

Impact Measurement

Client: Senior support social enterprise

Cost Benefit Analysis

A cost-benefit analysis framework measuring the extent of social isolation and loneliness in nursing homes.

Marketing Strategy

Client: Clean energy investment platform

Targeting and Positioning

A strategy that identifies target markets for clean energy investments and key tactics for engaging the populations.

Personal & Professional Development

We value a holistic approach to growth and learning. You’ll be part of a national community of like-minded peers, while receiving individualized support from the SIA team. 

  • Virtual socials with SIA and Railyard Fellows across Canada
  • Research methodologies (ethics, qualitative and quantitative design)
  • Mindfulness and meditation support
  • Career planning and development
  • Personalized mentorship from SIA and Railyard alumni
  • Meet industry professionals through one-on-one chats and speaker series


Both SIA and Railyard Academy Fellows will undergo the same core training modules, and work on Challenges with social enterprises. In the latter half of the Fellowship, SIA Fellows will focus on developing their research skills, while Railyard Academy Fellows will focus on design skills. Each group will undergo specific training modules focused on their respective skills. That being said, SIA Fellows are able to take design training modules and vice versa!  Please ensure you apply for the appropriate Fellowship using the application form buttons below. You are allowed to apply for only one Fellowship. 


  • Location: Anywhere in Canada
  • Commitment: 5-10 hours per week
  • Dates: September 28, 2020 - March 26, 2021
  • Program fee: $0

  • You are between the ages of 18-30. If you do not fit this criteria and feel strongly about joining the program, please send an email to to discuss eligibility.
  • You can be living or studying anywhere in Canada. The program is open to all Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and international students with Canadian study permits. If you are living elsewhere, due to Covid-19, and otherwise would be living in Canada, you are also eligible to participate.
  • You can be studying, working, or pursuing any initiatives - there is no education (university or college) requirements needed to apply.
  • You are legally able to work in Canada.

    1 | Submit an application

    Submit your application using the links below by Wednesday, September 16 at 11:59pm PT.

    2 | Invitation to interview

    We want to better understand what drives you and how the Fellowship can help.

    3 | Welcome to the Fellowship!

    We'll introduce our 2020-21 SIA and Railyard Academy Fellowship Cohort late September/early October.

    4 | Core training modules

    All SIA and Railyard Academy Fellows will participate in several core training modules.

    5 | Work on Challenges

    You'll also work with real-life social purpose organizations to put your skills to use.

    6 | Specialize in your interest area

    Fellows have the choice to take industry-curated training modules focused on research, finance, and design. You'll also receive specialized personal development support.

    7 | Analyst Program

    Fellows are given priority access to summer analyst positions that places students across the country in social innovation internships.


    Interested? Join us by applying here. You may apply to only one of the Fellowship Programs! We have extended the deadline to Wednesday, September 16 at 11:59pm PT.

    Note: as part of the application is uploading your completed case study, Google Forms requires that you have a Google account in order to access the form. Before submitting the Google application form, you can view all questions and edit your responses:

    The HSBC Social Innovation Academy and Railyard Lab are equal opportunity organizations committed to building and fostering a fair and inclusive community that values diversity and encourages respect for all. We welcome applicants across any race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, Indigenous status, or any other legally-protected factors. We recognize the value of identifying and removing barriers for any applicants interested in participating in our programs. Please contact us at to start a conversation about different accommodations available.


    Our core partners support the development of our research, design, and finance streams.


    Our curriculum partners curate and develop training modules to ensure what you're learning is relevant and up-to-date.