Nominations Open for 2017 International Grinnell Prize of $100,000!

Deadline: 9 October 2016

The Grinnell College is seeking applicants for its 2017 Grinnell Prize. The Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize, or the Grinnell Prize, directly reflects Grinnell’s historic mission to educate men and women who are prepared in life and work to use their knowledge and their abilities to serve the common good.

Focus Areas

  • Civil and Human Rights
  • Crime, Legal Services
  • Human Services
  • Agriculture, Food
  • Animal Related
  • Arts, Culture, and Media
  • Business
  • Education
  • Environmental Sustainability, Protection, and Conservation
  • Government
  • Health
  • International Development, Foreign Affairs, and National Security
  • Philanthropy and Volunteerism
  • Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness, and Relief
  • Religion, Spiritual Development
  • Research, Think Tank
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Youth Leadership, Development

Grants available

Grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded for Grinnell Prize.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Nominees may be nationals of any country; no affiliation to Grinnell College is required. The program encourages a global and diverse pool of candidates.
  • Have completed a bachelor’s degree (or equivalency) between 1999 and 2015.
  • Have an exceptional record of substantive, innovative contributions within their chosen field that have enabled them to become a force for social justice.
  • Through their actions, embody the Grinnell College ideal of using their knowledge and their abilities to serve the common good.
  • Demonstrate the essence of Grinnell College’s broad liberal arts education through critical thinking, creative problem-solving, and free inquiry.
  • Not be widely known outside their immediate community or field.
  • Be nominated by a third party.
  • If chosen as a winner and along with their chosen organization, be verified and validated by Grinnell College.
  • Participate in an on-campus symposium and awards ceremony, and explore other opportunities to engage with the Grinnell and wider community.
  • Have sufficient English fluency to facilitate participation and community engagement.
  • Be able to provide in English any supplemental information required as part of the selection process.

How to Apply

  • All nominations must include an essay of 750 words or less.
  • All nominees are encouraged to prepare this essay with input from your nominee ahead of time.
  • In 750 words or less, Nominees will be asked to address the following:
  • Describe the nominee’s innovative contribution to their field or community. Articulate how the nominee is innovative and distinguishable from others doing similar work.
  • Describe the impact the nominee’s innovation has had among their constituents/community. Articulate the quality and/or quantity of the impact. Provide concrete evidence, if possible.
  • Why is the nominee a force for social justice, and how has the nominee demonstrated the skills of critical thinking, creative problem-solving, and free inquiry?
  • If this is a joint nomination of two individuals, describe the collaborative relationship the two individuals bring to their work together.

For more information, please visit International Grinnell Prize.

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