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The last deadline for graduating students is May 1, 2020.
For everyone else, deadline is May 25, 2020.

COVID-19 UPDATE March 13, 2020 1:20 p.m. : In response to the announcement from President Fitts, Taylor will follow recommendations outlined by the university.

  • For the ​current funding process, Taylor will continue to review applications as normal but will not disburse funds until the university lifts its policy on non-essential travel and in-person classes.

  • Therefore, experiences that will occur between March 15 to May 17 will not be funded unless it is a virtual/online experience.

  • Furthermore, funding disbursements for summer opportunities will only occur once Tulane has amended its policies related to travel and classes.

Please visit the Tulane COVID19 FAQ page for more information.


The Taylor Center awards financial support to assist Tulane students and faculty in their development as changemakers.

  • Taylor funding is an opportunity for Tulane students and faculty to learn from and work collaboratively with effective changemakers and allies to better understand social and environmental problems.
  • While funding is used to support activities such as conference attendance, research, internships, and more, the primary goal of the Taylor funding is to spread awareness of changemaker pedagogy and support experiential learning of fields related to  social innovation, social entrepreneurship, changemaking and design thinking for social impact.
  • Most students use an award to fund changemaking internships or volunteer opportunities, engage in an in-depth field immersion experience, or attend a conference or workshop that helps them develop as a changemaker.

Taylor Awards:

  • The Victor C. Alvarez Spark Innovation Award
  • The Changemaker Catalyst Award
  • The Social Innovation Research Fund
Read About Student Award Experiences on the Student Blog

Changemaker Catalyst Award

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

Learn About the Changemaker Catalyst Award

Spark Innovation Award

The Victor C. Alvarez Spark Innovation Award is open to all undergraduate and graduate Tulane University students that are pursuing a social venture idea. Students are eligible for up to $2,500 per academic year.

Learn About the Alvarez Spark Innovation Award

Social Innovation Research Fund

The Social Innovation Research Fund (SIRF) for faculty aims to support research and scholarly activities of Tulane faculty related to changemaking theories and practice.

Learn About the Social Innovation Research Fund


Interested in applying or learning more about Taylor Center Funding opportunities?

Email Samantha Fleurinor at

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