Considering a career in the social impact sector? Grad school might be your way forward. But it’s not for everyone. The articles here offer advice and insights on how to explore your educational options, whether grad school is right for you, how to finance your education, and much more.

Below you’ll find links to the thematic groups of articles. Don’t forget to check Idealist Careers to learn how make your education lead to your dream job.

Idealist Grad Fairs

We’ll update this page in early 2017 with our schedule for the next Idealist Grad Fair season. Send a note to the grad fair manager at with any questions regarding hosting, sponsoring, or tabling at a fair.

Want to change the world? There’s a degree for that.

The Idealist Grad Fairs connect individuals with graduate schools in fields such as public administration, international affairs, education, public policy, public interest law, social work, nonprofit management, global and public health, theology, environmental science, and socially responsible business. The fairs are free and open to anyone interested in learning about grad school.

Past fairs (2016)

  • September 8: New York
  • September 20: Philadelphia
  • September 22: Boston
  • September 27: Washington, D.C.
  • September 28: Houston
  • October 4: Minneapolis
  • October 5: Chicago
  • October 10: Seattle
  • October 17: Los Angeles
  • October 19: San Francisco

Information for Exhibitors

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