The Changemaker Catalyst Award is open to all undergraduate and graduate Tulane University students interested in pursuing careers related to social innovation, social entrepreneurship, design thinking, and changemaking.



Applications accepted quarterly October 15, 2018 – January 15, 2019 – March 15, 2019 – May 1, 2019



Students are eligible for up to $1,500 over the course of their studies to support student learning in relevant fields.

The Changemaker Catalyst Fund is open to all undergraduate and graduate Tulane University students interested in pursuing opportunities related to social innovation, social entrepreneurship, design thinking, and changemaking. Students are eligible for up to $1,500 over the course of their studies to support learning in relevant fields.

To be an effective changemaker, one must have a deep knowledge of the social problem they wish to solve. This award is an opportunity to learn from and work collaboratively with effective changemakers and allies to better understand problems. Funding can be used in many different ways, including but not limited to:

  • “Apprenticing with a problem” in an internship or volunteer opportunity
  • Participating in an in-depth field immersion experience
  • Funding a research project to understand a range of organizations across a sector.
  • Attending a conference, workshop, or program
  • Purchasing project supplies

Student learning is a critical part of the award process. As such, all awardees must demonstrate a critical analysis of the experience and its role in their academic studies and professional aspirations. All students who receive a Changemaker Catalyst Award must complete this form and a series of blog posts to demonstrate the impact of their award. Please consider the core concepts highlighted by Taylor while developing your application.

Applications are accepted on a quarterly basis, please see the application for deadlines.


To be eligible for a Changemaker Catalyst Award, you must meet these requirements:

  • Be an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in classes part-time or full-time at the time of application
  • Be in good standing with Tulane University
  • Have completed all of the application requirements

Citizenship status does not affect eligibility for Taylor funding. Questions regarding applying to Taylor funding as an undocumented student can be directed to Samantha Fleurinor. For more information for resources for undocumented students and students with Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA), visit“.

General Requirements 

  • International experiences must be at least 20 days, including travel time, to be eligible for Changemaker Catalyst Award. This constraint ensures that the award recipient has time to develop meaningful connections, apprentice with the problem, and leverage opportunities within the country.
    • Applicant must show financial commitment beyond receipt of Changemaker Catalyst Award (ie. other sources of funding for trip).
    • For trips shorter than 20 days, students must provide
      • a faculty letter of support, explaining why we should make an exception.
      • a plan on pre- and post trip work. Examples include creating a curriculum, conducting relevant research, developing workshop materials, translating materials, etc.
      • an itinerary, detailing activity, and plans for time in country.
  • Credit-bearing experiences are ineligible for the award.
  • All award recipients must attend the Taylor Student Showcase.

Proposal Requirements

The full application requires the components described below. Links include examples, resources, or templates to use while developing your proposal:

  1. A one-page resume
  2. An essay (at least 500 words) answering the following:
  • Describe how this experience would enhance your ability to be a changemaker. How will this experience help you better understand social problems that matter to you? How might the award contribute to your understanding of how to engage as a changemaker?
  • Describe how this experience enhances your academic understanding. What theories or concepts have you studied (inside or outside the classroom) that you hope to explore further through this learning experience? Don’t just throw in academic terms – explain these concepts and how they relate to the experience you are pursuing. Citations may be helpful, but are not necessary.
  • Describe how this experience contributes to your professional aspirations. How does this experience tie into the themes social innovation, social entrepreneurship, design thinking, or changemaking? What previous work or extra-curricular experiences will ensure you have a successful experience?
  • Describe your involvement. What past and current involvement do you have with Taylor, including the SISE Minor or student organizations in this field? What future involvement do you anticipate?
  1. An itemized budget & funding request using the Taylor Award Budget Worksheet
  2. Acknowledgement of the Student Contract
  3. Completed W-9

Application Deadline & Selection Process

All applications are due at 11:59 PM CT on the date of deadlines in order to guarantee review and selection. Students that submit the application on time will be notified of funding decisions within two weeks of the submission deadline. Taylor Center staff, faculty, and affiliates will review all application materials and make awards based on exhibited financial need and the merits of the opportunity. We reserve the right to accept or deny candidates based on any of the above criteria.


Congratulations on your award! Your next steps are to:

1) Fill out the Changemaker Catalyst Award Follow-up Form

2) Post 1-2 blogs about your experience on Taylor Hub and 3 Instagram photos. Follow these instructions to write and post your blog.

3) Attend the Taylor Student Showcase in April 2019

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