Specialist Fellowships

Financial awards for outstanding candidates

General applications for our 2019 programme have closed, but we have a limited number of Specialist Fellowships available for our cohort starting in February 2019.

Year Here is a platform for professionals who want to build entrepreneurial responses to society’s toughest problems.

The Fellowship combines frontline service, training from a world class faculty and a chance to build projects and ventures that have a lasting impact.

Over 10 months, Year Here Fellows learn from, and design with, people at the frontline of inequality – in care homes, homeless hostels and youth services across London – and go on to found some of the most promising social impact startups in the country.

Collectively our ventures have reached over 4000 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.

Among many others, our alumni have received 4 Shackleton awards, 3 WeWork Creator Awards, the Teach First Innovation Award and the Centre for Social Justice Social Enterprise of the Year Award.

With an average of 4 years’ professional experience, Fellows bring an incredibly diverse set of skills and life experiences to the programme. But we want to create the most professionally diverse cohort possible as this creates a unique environment for launching startups that can tackle the toughest social issues the country faces.

Specialist Fellowships are financial awards for outstanding candidates that will bolster the professional diversity of the cohort.

Tech for Good Award (2 available)
Technology has huge potential to transform the lives of vulnerable citizens – as it has for much of the country. Our own ventures like Ally, Chatterbox and Nightingale are using tech to improve the way homeless people receive advice, refugees find employment and schools understand the emotional health of their students respectively.

As one of our Tech for Good Specialist Fellows, you might be a developer or bring rich tech startup experience.

Design for Social Change Award
From ethnographic approaches to understanding user needs to rapid prototyping of services, design thinking offers a much needed new toolkit for tackling social issues.

Our Design for Social Change Specialist Fellow might be a product designer aiming to turn their hand to social issues, or a communications professional wanting to engage in more meaningful work.

Purpose-driven Business Award
Business is the life force of the UK economy and, with the right intent, can be a powerful force for good too. Our own ventures like Birdsong, Cracked It and Fat Macy’s have pioneered impact-first employment approaches and demonstrated what ethical supply chains can look like.

As our Purpose-driven Business Specialist Fellow, you’ll have a background in commercial business. You may have climbed the corporate career ladder and now want to apply your skills towards impact goals. Or perhaps you have an entrepreneurial background or a strong track record of making projects happen.

Open Entry Award
If you don’t fit neatly into the above categories, we still want to hear from you. Whether you’re a comedian or venture capitalist, we want to hear about the potential of bringing your unique professional background to bear on social issues in the UK.

We especially encourage entries from underrepresented groups in social innovation such as people of colour and people with disabilities.


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 poet Lemn Sissay.

There are no course fees
Year Here is a full-time postgraduate course in social innovation based in London. Unlike a traditional Master’s degree or postgraduate course, we cover your tuition fee.

Please note: the closing date for our Specialist Fellowship applications is Sunday 6th January 2019