Social Innovation Fellowship Program


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For youth looking to help impact-driven organizations through supporting their operations and growth.​



You’ll be trained in skills that are relevant to social innovation and will leave the Fellowship feeling confident with your leadership and technical skills.

We will cover three areas:


Personal & Professional Development

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



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.

Strategy Development

Client: National impact fund

Fund Strategy

Develop a thesis for investing in social and environmental outcome.

Summer Analyst Program

All Social Innovation Fellows and Social Value Fund Associates will be first in line for summer internships with our network of impact-driven partners. Our past partners include:


1 | Submit an application

Applications are due Sunday March 21st, 2021 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 2021-22 Social Innovation Fellowship cohort in April.

4 | Core training modules

Beginning in September 2021, Social Innovation Fellows will participate in several core training modules.

5 | Work on Challenges

Beginning in fall 2021, you'll work with impact organizations Canada-wide to put your skills to use.

6 | Personalized Support

You'll also receive specialized personal and professional development support.

7 | Analyst Program

Fellows are given priority access to summer internship positions that places Analysts across the country in four-month, social innovation internships.


Applications to join the 2021/2022 Social Innovation Fellowship are unfortunately closed. We'll be opening up applications for our next cohort in February/March 2022.

The HSBC Social Innovation Academy is an equal opportunity organization 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.

Interested in Social Finance? Consider joining the Social Value Fund Associate Program!

For undergraduate students looking to help impact-driven organizations grow through impact investing.


Social Innovation Fellowship Program Social Value Fund Associate Program
Both programs have access to workshops and training modules curated by Social Innovation Academy
Personal & Professional Development
Both programs will participate in our mentorship, coffee chat, and wellness initiatives
Experiential Learning Project
Consulting projects for impact-driven organizations
Investments into social enterprises
Fellows and Associates are first in line for the SIA Analyst Program - a four month internship
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Social Innovation Fellowship Program Social Value Fund Associate Program
Youth aged 18-30, studying, working, living anywhere in Canada
Undergraduate students in Calgary, Kingston, London, Montréal, Vancouver
Any background across arts, sciences, design, business, and more!
Time Commitment
10 hours per week
September 2021 - March 2022
May 2021 - May 2023 (two academic years)

Learn more about the Social Value Fund Associate Program.