Join our Fellowship

A fully-funded, totally immersive year to help you test and build solutions for some of society's toughest problems.

About Our Programme

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Fellowship London

  • Fully funded course
  • Hands-on work experience
  • Access to established alumni network of successful entrepreneurs
  • Opportunities to work part-time alongside the Fellowship

What you will be doing

Our Fellows try their hand at building creative and entrepreneurial responses to social problems, supported by industry mentoring and a rigorous social innovation curriculum.

Unlike a traditional Master’s degree or postgraduate course, we cover your tuition fee and your travel costs throughout the programme. Your lunch costs will also be covered during the frontline placement phase.

This is a unique opportunity to join a growing movement of entrepreneurs and activists: a third of our alumni now run a social business that they founded during the programme.

  • You will spend the first five months in homeless shelters, care homes and community centres, learning first-hand from the people hit hardest by inequality - and designing innovative measures to boost your placement's impact
  • You will  be assigned a personal mentor and receive extensive training from a faculty of more than 70 leaders from across the social innovation field – people who specialise in everything from entrepreneurship to government policy, and from community development to service design
  • You will build your own projects from the get-go, from frontline innovations to startup social ventures
  • You will spend a lot of time with Year Here’s team and faculty, and other Fellows and Alumni; these will become your support network, collaborators and co-founders. 

What you will have

We run two programmes per year, kicking off in February and September. You can apply for both the 2018 and 2018/19 programmes during the current recruitment window.

The deadline to apply for our 2018 programmes is midnight on Sunday 26th November. The selection process involves a short online application, a video interview and a half-day selection workshop.

You’ll know whether you have a place on the programme by the end of the year.

  • You are a creative thinker with an entrepreneurial mindset 
  • You are passionate about building smart solutions to some of the UK's most pressing social problems.
Onwards to our company and culture…

We are Year Here

We're passionate about building smart responses to social problems, by learning from those at the frontline of inequality.

Our Culture - What we do

Year Here is a platform for young professionals who want to build smart solutions to entrenched social problems. Over one year our 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.

Unlike a traditional Master's degree, Year Here is immersive, action-oriented and grounded in the daily experiences of those whom the project affects the most.

Since launching at 10 Downing Street in 2013, we’ve worked with 113 aspiring social entrepreneurs and launched award-winning social ventures like Fat Macy’s, Chatterbox and The Hard Yard.

We’re a deeply committed team of five, surrounded by a faculty of 70 social innovation experts – the great and the good of Britain’s social impact world. Our Faculty includes social entrepreneurs, policy makers and innovation experts – from prison philanthropist Lady Edwina Grosvenor to multi-award-winning social designer Lauren Currie OBE and the poet Lemn Sissay.

Our alumni have founded 18 social ventures including Settle, supporting vulnerable young people who are moving into their first home, and Birdsong, an fashion brand selling clothes made by vulnerable women and ploughing its profits back into the women's charities who support them.

All our ventures are businesses with a social purpose, attacking thorny social issues from different angles. They’ve collectively generated £750,000 revenue and reached over 2000 beneficiaries – from gang members and homeless teens to isolated older people and refugee women.

There are no course fees - Year Here is free. Although the course is intensive, the majority of Fellows do freelance or part-time work in their evenings, weekends and holidays – as graphic designers, tutors or journalists, for example. We will also support your living costs with access to bursaries, crowdfunding, student loads and more.

96% of our Fellows are in paid employment within three months of graduating from Year Here. A year after graduating, 32% run their own social venture, 48% work for another social enterprise or charity, and the remainder work in government, innovation, frontline or private sector roles.

Year Here - This Is Where You Start

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The Year Here people have a hands-on approach - they see you as a human being, they treat and talk to you with respect.

Year Here's a social experience - you get to know a group of really talented and motivated people really well.

Year Here - Fellow

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