Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize 2020


Application Deadline: October 7, 2019.

Nominations for the 2020 Grinnell Prize will open July 1, 2019 and will be due by 11:59 p.m. on October 7, 2019.

Do you know somebody who is:

  • A change-maker working on the cutting edge of social innovation?
  • A leader collaborating and co-creating solutions to pressing social justice issues?
  • A visionary tackling immediate challenges while also addressing related systemic issues?
  • A mentor inspiring the next generation of social innovators?

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.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize 2020