Grinnell $100,000 Prize for Social Innovators

Published on: Jul 04, 2019

Grinnell College invites nominations for the 2020 Grinnell Prize. The Grinnell Prize of US$100 thousand will be awarded to individuals who show creativity, commitment, and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change.

Past nominations have spanned a diversity of social issues related to agriculture and hunger relief, conservation and environment, and many other thematic areas.  The closing date for nominations is 07 October 2019. About the Grinnell Prize 

Nomination Criteria

  • Nominees must be nominated by a third party.
  • Nominees may be a single individual or a team of two people who are working together.
  • Nominees must consent to their nomination. This consent must be given in the form of a letter (if you are nominating two individuals for collaborative work this letter should come from the two jointly) that will be uploaded to the nomination form. This letter must be written by the nominee(s), be in PDF format, and include:  
    •  A statement indicating their willingness to be nominated for this prize;
    • A statement indicating confirmation that they will have completed an undergraduate degree(s) between the years of 2003-2019 and noting the name of degree-granting college or university;
    • A brief (2-3 paragraph) description of their social innovation work noting:
      • the social justice need they are addressing;
      • what they feel is innovative in how they are addressing the need;
      • the ways in which they are addressing systemic issues related to the need; and
      • the current and planned impact of their work.
  • Nominee(s) must have earned a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) between 2003 and 2019.
  • Nominees should be a force for social justice. They should have identified a concrete social justice need, designed creative and socially just solutions to address that need, and made a substantive impact through their hard work and dedication.
  • Nominees should have demonstrated the essence of Grinnell College’s broad liberal arts education through serving the common good and demonstrating expertise in the areas of critical thinking, innovative problem solving, and measurable systemic change making.
  • Nominees must not be widely known outside their immediate community or field.
  • Nominees may be nationals of any country.
  • Nominees DO NOT need to be affiliated with Grinnell College. 
  • Nominees must have sufficient English fluency to engage with the Grinnell College Community.
  • Nominees must be able to provide in English any supplemental information required as part of the selection process.

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