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Jan 9: Application Deadline for 2017 Switzer Environmental Fellowships 

The Switzer Fellowship Program offers one-year Fellowships to highly talented graduate students in New England and California whose studies and career goals are directed toward environmental improvement and who clearly demonstrate leadership in their field. The Fellowship provides a $15,000 cash award for academic study, leadership training, access to a vibrant network of nearly 600 Switzer Fellowship alums, and opportunities for professional development during the Fellowship year and beyond. 

Join the Social Innovation Forum (SIF) at their offices at 11 Ave de Lafayette, Boston, MA on Thursday, January 12 at 12PM for lunch to learn more about the organization, their approach to social change, and the impact that they've had over the last 13 years. You will have a chance to meet their team, hear from a past Social Innovator about their experience with SIF, and learn more about ways to get involved. To RSVP or for questions, please email Carolyn Shaughnessy at 

Jan 20:  International Student Application Deadline: 2017 Summer Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service in Washington, D.C.

The Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service (IPVS) puts students on the front-lines working to solve local and national issues. The 2017 Summer Institute comprehensive package includes a guaranteed internship placement, courses for transferable credit, furnished housing, a variety of guest lectures and briefings, as well as opportunities for professional development and networking. This truly provides the ultimate summer experience in Washington. The International Student Application Deadline is January 20, 2017.

The Kurt Giessler Foundation for Youth Achievement's Ambition Grant is designed to fund proposed endeavors by individuals, aged twelve through twenty, that are inventive, entrepreneurial, charitable, or explorative, and are unrelated to school or athletic activities. Apply here by Jan 31.  

The Foundation's Prize for Achievement is given to an individual who has successfully completed or is currently operating an endeavor that benefits both themself and society. A letter of nomination should be submitted by an unrelated adult describing the impact the endeavor has made and the challenges the nominee faced during its creation. Apply here by Jan 31.

Mar 2-4: 2017 Ashoka U Exchange

The Exchange,  co-hosted by Miami Dade College on March 2-4, 2017 in Miami, Florida, is one of the world's largest annual gatherings that highlights exciting, globally relevant models of social innovation in higher education

Apr 18: NY TechDay 2017 

NY TechDay returns for the sixth installment of the US' largest startup event April 18th at Pier 94 in Manhattan. The event will host over 575 innovative startups across all sectors and stages, 20 premiere accelerators, tons of larger tech brands and resources, a live demo stage, and 35,000 members of the tech community. This year TechDay is introducing Access, an intimate series of Ask Me Anything (AMA) style sessions for mid stage founders led by later stage founders. If you’re a startup, check out more info on how to get involved, or, if you're a job seeker, investor, member of the press, student, or entrepreneur, attend TechDay for free!