SU Impact Scholars

Together, we can solve humanity’s greatest challenges

Are you ready to make history?

In an age of extraordinary innovation, we find the best solutions to humanity’s biggest challenges when everyone contributes. Together, we can unlock our creative potential to innovate solutions to these global grand challenges.

At Singularity University, we convene an inclusive and collaborative community of inspired solvers, innovators, and changemakers—from around the globe and across all borders—who are equipped to tackle these problems using exponentially advancing technologies.

What is an Impact Scholar?

We're so glad you asked!

As an Impact Scholar you will embark on a journey to change the world. First, through SU’s Global Summit, you will explore how to drive scalable social impact by engaging the exponential technologies that will shape our future. Then, leverage those transformational tools, ideas, and connections to inspire and activate your local community and SU’s global network. Throughout the engagement, you will bring new perspectives to the conversation through a community of solvers and doers around the world.

Impact Scholars spend the first part of their program at SU's Global Summit before returning to their communities to implement their Impact Initiatives. Over the course of the remaining year, Scholars will dream, design, and deliver transformational social impact by leveraging exponential technologies.

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“Inclusive communities are the catalysts for innovative social impact; that is the power of difference.”

—Lajuanda M. Asemota

Director of Impact & Diversity at Singularity University

Who We're Looking For

We’re seeking visionary leaders who want to use exponentially advancing technologies to transform people, organizations, and the world. These change agents are working on solving what we call global grand challenges (GGCs).

Future Impact Scholars are:

  • Social impact rockstars in nonprofits, NGOs, or government agencies
  • Champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion in technology, innovation, and business
  • Citizens of communities around the world, especially those in developing or emerging markets
  • Tech-domain experts and innovation leaders focused on social impact
  • Academic leaders training the next generation in technology and entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurs and investors working on addressing GGCs with cutting-edge tech and innovation

Do you have what it takes to be the next Impact Scholar?

The engagement is open to those who have not previously attended an SU program. It is our intention to expose new global changemakers to SU programming who have not yet had the opportunity, and especially to support social impact innovators who, despite lacking resources, have made positive changes in their communities and around the world.

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Are you passionate about finding exponential solutions to address nuclear disarmament, nonproliferation, and safety and security?

We've got great news for you! We’re excited to announce our partnership with N Square, a multimillion dollar initiative designed to stimulate innovation in the fields of nuclear disarmament, nonproliferation, and safety and security. N Square is sponsoring 1-2 Impact Scholars to come to Singularity University to help spur the development of game-changing solutions that can help address this persistent challenge. Maybe your moonshot idea can bring about a world free from a nuclear threat!  Learn more about this opportunity!

Have questions about the SU Impact Scholars program? Visit our helpful FAQ.

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The Impact Scholars Opportunity

During this engagement as an Impact Scholar, you will:

Learn.

Join us—free of charge—to learn about exponential technologies and the global grand challenges at the SU Global Summit, an intensive multi-day event that gathers world-class faculty, innovators, and organizations from around the world to explore the convergence of fast moving technologies and their implications on industries and our planet.

Build.

Create or advance an Impact Initiative in your community or professional organization. Examples include:

  • A new organization
  • Research and development
  • Organizational innovation
  • Policy change
  • Education and awareness
  • Resource mobilization

Share.

Share your work and expertise in various SU programs and activities, including through publications or presentations.

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Champion.

Champion community innovation activities and initiatives in your area or region as an advisor, organizer, or ambassador.

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“The Impact Scholars Program ensures we have a diverse group of impact-driven individuals in our programs and enables us to nurture and invest in talented innovators based solely on merit. Our goal at SU is to serve as a catalyst for change through exponential thinking and an abundance mindset, and Impact Scholars helps us bring these methods to underserved communities.”

- Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom, Former Chief Impact Officer, Singularity University

Upcoming Application Periods

Singularity University Impact Scholars is open to those who have not previously attended an SU program.

It is our intention to expose new global changemakers to SU programming who have not yet had the opportunity, especially those who do not have the ability to pay. We seek innovators who are set on solving humanity's biggest problems through disruptive and exponential technologies from under-resourced and underrepresented parts of the world.

We're particularly excited to be partnering with N Square, a multimillion dollar initiative designed to stimulate innovation in the fields of nuclear disarmament, nonproliferation and safety and security. N Square is sponsoring 1-2 Impact Scholars to come to Singularity University in 2017. Learn more about the opportunity here!

Applications for the Impact Scholars are accepted in advance of the SU Global Summit each year. See below for more details about when to apply.

SU Global Summit

Applications open on May 23, 2017

Applications due on July 5, 2017

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Have more questions? Make sure to visit our FAQ before you apply.

Our Current Impact Scholars

At Singularity University, we convene a collaborative community of inspired solvers, innovators, and thinkers charged with applying exponential technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges. Impact Scholars are distinguished leaders shaping the future of social impact through meaningful Impact Initiatives and serving as innovation champions in their fields and communities. From a large pool of diverse, talented applicants from all over the world, we're beyond thrilled to welcome the next wave of social impact innovators! Click below to learn all about them and the fantastic work they're doing.

Meet the Impact Scholars

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