Student Fellowship

Design Ignites Change awards Student Fellows the funding to get their project started. More importantly, Fellows receive professional mentoring that helps them turn their concept into a reality. This program aims to:

» Educate students about the best practices of social design and teach them how to obtain and manage resources effectively.

» Recruit professional mentors to share their expertise and to guide Fellows.

» Support the implementation of socially activated projects by providing knowledge and seed funding.

» Measure the real impact of our Fellows’ projects.

» Share our Fellows’ stories of successful implementation and meaningful impact with those in the creative community and beyond.


A Design Ignites Change Student Fellowship consists of a support package with the maximum combined value of $10,000. This includes funding, honorarium and professional consultation and mentoring, to help Fellows implement their projects.

Design Ignites Change will tailor each award to best serve the needs of a Fellow’s project. Mentoring may address fundraising, business plan development, communications strategy and manufacturing guidance, among other subjects.

Design Ignites Change believes that designers should be compensated for their time when executing socially minded projects. As such, applicants have the option of receiving an honorarium of up to 10% of the award amount. The honorarium will be determined as a percentage of the award. The remaining award money will be disbursed to vendors directly to cover project costs.

2013 Deadline

All applications must be received by May 24th, 2013. Awards will be announced in mid-June. Note: This is not a postmark deadline – all applications must be received by this date.

Selection Process

Submissions will be reviewed by a jury of creative, non-profit and business professionals.


Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in art, architecture or design at any accredited college or university worldwide. Projects developed in 2012 and 2013 are eligible. Recent college graduates that hope to realize projects developed in school are also encouraged to apply. If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact us.

Submitting your application

Applicants must register as a participant and also submit their Fellowship applications by email or mail. Additionally, applicants must post their project’s case study to the Design Ignites Change website.

To register, first find your school on the Design Ignites Change participant list by clicking here. You can register through your Design Ignites Change faculty contact. If you do not know who your faculty contact is, please send us an email to request this information.

If your school is not a participant, download the registration form at the left to become an individual participant.