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Global Futures Impact Scholars

Make an impact, today

We are calling on 100 trailblazers to join us in designing solutions for people and nature on a thriving and healthy planet

Arizona State University is repeatedly ranked number one in innovation, sustainability and global impact

In uncertain times, amid great challenges, the world needs your help.
The Global Futures Impact Scholars program is an invitation to join us in driving informed, positive action as we work together to build a better future for all.

Through this program, you will be connected with leading scientists and initiatives, empowering you to be a partner in creating a positive impact in our local and global communities.

We are optimistic and confident that together, we can design a future that is more equitable, sustainable, vibrant and promise-filled for everyone.

ASU students working in a lab as part of the School of Sustainability undergraduate research program

Program details

As a Global Futures Impact Scholar, you will have the opportunity to receive funding of up to $5000 for projects or experiences related to your interests in positive change towards a better future.

You will enter the program with a cohort of peers and will meet regularly with a Global Futures mentor. Through courses, workshops, and seminars, you will develop your skills as a changemaker, which will make you competitive for fulfilling careers with impact and purpose.

In your second, third, or fourth year, you will participate in a project or experience, and you will have the opportunity to showcase your work in a public presentation.

*The Global Futures Impact Scholars program is open to in-person learners for the 2023-2024 academic school year.

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Application details

Become a Global Futures Impact Scholar

The first step toward applying is completing the form at the bottom of the page.

Priority application deadline: January 15
Application deadline: March 1

Applicants will need to have the following completed:

  • Apply and be accepted into an undergraduate degree program within the College of Global Futures.
  • Write a 250 – 350 word personal statement about why you chose your respective major. 
  • Write a 450 – 550 word essay –OR — create a 1-2 minute video pitch about how you would like to make an impact on the world during your time in the College of Global Futures at ASU.

Become a Global Futures Impact Scholar

DegreeCampusAccelerated Master’s Degree (4+1) OfferedAccelerated  Master’s Degree
Applied Mathematics for Life and Social Sciences, BSTempe
Innovation in Society, BATempe, Online+Global Technology and Development, MS
Innovation in Society, BSTempe, Online+Public Interest Technology, MS
Sustainability, BAPolytechnic, Tempe Online+Global Management, MGM
Sustainability, BSPolytechnic, Tempe, Online+Sustainability Solutions, MSUS
Sustainable Food Systems, BSDowntown, Polytechnic, Tempe, Online+Sustainable Food Systems, MS

Student experience pathways

Arizona State University offers students a wide array of opportunities to enhance their higher education experience and to engage with their peers, faculty and professionals from around the world. Here are three pathways to get started:

Study abroad

With more than 300 programs in more than 65 countries, study abroad provides all ASU students an opportunity to acquire global perspective and knowledge in preparation for their career. Check out the specific programs offered through the College of Global Futures.

Conduct research with faculty

Engaging in research during your time at ASU will allow you to develop your network by working with faculty, gain meaningful work experience to add to your resume and contribute to the discovery of new knowledge, approaches and solutions.

Engage with Global Futures Laboratory initiatives

The Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory offers more than 40 programs, initiatives, centers and institutes that are developing solutions to our biggest global and societal threats. Students have the opportunity to work directly with these programs, gaining hands-on, real-world experience in the process.

Questions about taking the next step?

Interested in creating a sustainable, equitable and vibrant future for everyone on a thriving, healthy planet? Sign up for more information on our Global Futures Impact Scholars program.

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