RADIUS Fellowship

What is the Fellowship program?

The RADIUS Fellowship is Metro Vancouver’s premier professional development opportunity for  emerging social innovators from across the region.

During the intensive four-month experience Fellows build relationships with their peers, develop personally and professionally, and tap into the broader social innovation and social entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Our hope is that Fellows who engage in the Fellowship program will leave with a deepened capacity to affect mindful, positive change in the system(s) they’re working in, supported by an enhanced network of collaborators.


Are you a RADIUS Fellow?

We are looking for the next generation of untamed social innovators who are early in their changemaking journey, demonstrating a relentless dedication to creating positive, sustainable impact in all they do.

Ideal Fellows are those who want to make a four-month commitment to developing their leadership capacity, building their professional networks, and generously supporting their peers. A curious and collaborative mindset, and ability to socially locate oneself within systems is a prerequisite.

The Fellows program suits recent alumni and young professionals who self-identify as changemakers, social innovators, or social entrepreneurs. It is designed to be complementary to someone studying or working full- or part-time, with predominantly evening sessions.

RADIUS welcomes applications from Fellows who are engaged in any area or sector of work. That said, we do have particular areas of expertise and deeper network connections in the areas of our Labs: Health Promotion, Indigenous Entrepreneurship, Refugee Livelihoods, and the Future of Work. We are also well-oriented to the Future of Education, given our work within SFU.


  • You are unhappy with the status quo and working to build better solutions.
  • You’ve got a track record of working on projects that matter to you and society.
  • You recognize you can’t do it alone and you are radically generous in your approach to working with others.


  • You are constantly seeking out new opportunities to learn about yourself and the systems you live in.
  • You explore the interfaces between the systemic and the particular, and seek understand causes and effects at various scales.
  • You experiment and take risks. When it doesn’t work out, you ask why? And then you try again.


  • You are committed to finding a way to make it work in Metro Vancouver.
  • You’re invested in this place and in keeping other awesome folks here too.

Program information

About the Fellowship experience

Intended to identify, profile, support and catalyze emerging social innovators, the Fellowship will help foster the community, support, skills and tools needed to create deep social impact and pursue work with purpose.

RADIUS Fellows will:

  • gather for weekly evening cohort sessions;
  • connect  with each other and others in the RADIUS network;
  • give and receive regular feedback within the cohort in an effort to help one another;
  • gain access to local social innovation events;
  • receive membership at the RADIUS Hub co-working space for work and meetings;
  • connect with dozens of mentors, coaches, leaders, peers and innovators;
  • be profiled on the RADIUS website and social media channels; and
  • eat, drink, discuss, and collaborate with a collection of amazing other Fellows.

Schedule and details

Weekly sessions: Tuesdays 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm; February 5 – June 11, 2019

Opening Retreat: February 16-17, 2019 (overnight)
Mid-Point Retreat: TBD
Graduation Celebration – June 15, 2019

Commitment: 25 hours per month

Costs: Thanks to the support of our funding partners we are able to offer a sliding scale fee to ensure accessibility (ranging from $500 to $5000 + GST, paid in up to 4 instalments). If you are unable to pay the minimum of $500, please contact the RADIUS team (info below).


The Program Team

The 2019 Fellowship was stewarded by the following team of individuals.

Aslam Bulbulia

Fellowship Co-Host

Aslam is a South African-Canadian Muslim, husband, brother and son new to unceded Coast Salish lands. He has been engaged in building community, hosting dialogues and reflecting on the links between decolonial practices in Vancouver and South Africa over the last 2 years.

Aslam is driven by a desire to see systems change happening at multiple levels for a more just future. His current work attempts to co-create containers that can hold multiple ideas of what that change could look like. He also enjoys stand-up comedy, hip-hop (in all its essence and real), gymnastics and a good book.

Jannika Nyberg

Fellowship Co-Host

Jannika is a proud Vancouverite, born to Swedish folks, and raised on unceded Coast Salish territory. Jannika is a fierce friend, daughter, sister and proud aunt. A lover of hip-hop and an unapologetic coffee elitist, Jannika is most full of joy when dancing.

She is a heart-centered educator, dedicated to cultivating learning spaces for youth to understand their power as leaders through citizenship  and leadership education.

She has worked in predominantly within outdoor education and democratic pedagogy. She is currently a student educator at SFU. Jannika is trained in community development, and dialogue process. She is interested in the intersection of power, privilege and systems thinking.

Tamara Connell

Fellowship Support

Tamara is a white settler woman who has called British Columbia home for much of her life. She is a partner, friend, daughter, sister, auntie, colleague and enthusiastic pumpkin-carver.

Tamara’s background is diverse, but for her, nothing compares to teaching, coaching, and mentoring within educational settings. Through facilitated trainings, games, simulations, and workshops, she helps people to see the interconnectedness of the world and our underlying mental models.

As the Associate Director, Education and Training, Tamara oversees RADIUS’ innovative curriculum and its delivery. She is a certified personal coach and a LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methods facilitator.


Outcomes reports and alumni

2019 Outcomes Report

2015 Outcomes Report

2018 Outcomes Report

2017 Outcomes Report

2016 Outcomes Report

2019 Fellows


2015 Fellows


2018 Fellows


2017 Fellows


2016 Fellows


Recent blog posts


If you have any questions, email the Fellowship Program Team at fellowship@radiussfu.com.


Making the Fellowship program possible

The Fellowship program is made possible by funding from the SFU Innovates, Beedie School of Business, Vancouver FoundationShaw, Scotiabank, and the Charles Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship.