Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship

24The application window for the 2016 Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation (BHSI) Fellowship at Chicago Ideas Week is now closed. Thank you for your thoughtful submissions. If you have applied to the Fellowship, you will be hearing from our team in late July.

The Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation (BHSI) Fellowship at Chicago Ideas Week (CIW) recognizes social entrepreneurs, 35 years or younger, whose nonprofit and for-profit ventures tackle significant social challenges through innovative business models. Now in its sixth year, the BHSI Fellowship is committed to empowering entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds by providing them a platform for growth. Fellows gain exposure to nationally-recognized business and civic leaders, establish a community of support with past Fellows, are awarded $10,000 in financial support toward their work and participate in CIW, a weeklong ideas festival featuring world-class speakers and thinkers, October 17–23, 2016.

Since its inception in 2011, the BHSI Fellowship – created by philanthropists and entrepreneurs Leslie Bluhm and David Helfand – has awarded more than $500,000 to the Fellows through contributions and in-kind services.

2016: KEY DATES
  • Thursday, March 17th: Applications open
  • Tuesday, June 7th (11:59 PM CST): Application deadline
  • Late July: Semifinalists notified
  • Friday, August 12th & Saturday, August 13th: Semifinalist interviews in Chicago.
    • In order to be considered for the Fellowship, applicants must be able to attend the in-person interviews. Travel expenses will be covered.
  • Thursday, August 18th: 2016 BHSI Fellows announced
  • Monday, October 17th Sunday, October 23rd: Chicago Ideas Week
    • In order to be eligible for the Fellowship, applicants must be available to travel to Chicago October 16th – 21st, with the option of staying to participate through the 23rd. (Fellows’ travel expenses will be covered through the 21st or 23rd, respectively.)
 

2015 Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellows

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Meet the 2015 Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellows

2014 Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellows

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Meet the 2014 Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellows

2013 Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellows

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Meet the 2013 Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellows

2012 Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellows

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Meet the 2012 Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellows

2011 Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellows

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Meet the 2011 Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellows

Questions?

For questions or for more information on the BHSI Fellowship,                                 please contact Julia Dilday at Julia@chicagoideas.com.

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