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Grand Challenges Scholars Program

Please note before you apply!

Before you follow the online application link, please have your plan of study worked out and the admission essay written according to these guidelines, since you will lose all your data if you do not complete the form. You may want to take a look at this sample application, and you can use this word template to complete offline before copying and pasting into the actual application form. In addition, have the following documents ready for upload in word or pdf format:

  • Admissions essay: Explain in two pages or less (a) what you hope to accomplish through participation in the Grand Challenge Scholars Program and (b) how your plan of study relates to your specific Grand Challenge theme and fulfills the five competencies at your selected immersion level.
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcript from Porches
  • Optional list of references


Apply by April 17, 2020

Apply to the Grand Challenges Scholars Program to gain skills and insight into how to apply your knowledge and experience to meaningful solutions for 21st century challenges to serve society and to overcome global technical, economic and social barriers.

Click here to go to our Google Form Online Application

Grand Challenges Scholars Program, Dr. Markus Rumpfkeil, Director