Changemaker Challenge


The Changemaker Challenge is a globally recognized outlet for student leadership on environmental, social or economic problems requiring entrepreneurship and sustainable solutions. Students receive support and compete to get ideas off the ground and benefit from mentorship, skills development and project funding.

This spring, Center for Sustainable Development will empower a select group of students to become changemakers through inaugural Changemaker Fellowships. Three to five current College of Charleston students will become fellows and work with Innovation Faculty Fellow Dr. David J. Hansen to implement projects on campus. This semester, with support from Dr. Hansen and other Center staff members, Changemaker Fellows will determine the focus and scope of their individual or team-based project and map a plan for full implementation by next school year (Fall 2020-Spring 2021). Changemaker Challenge projects can target problems on or off-campus and should be implementable within a few months. You can explore Changemaker entries from around the world for inspiration.

Fellows will dedicate at least 1-2 hours per week to projects during the Spring 2020 semester and meet regularly with Dr. Hansen and other mentors. Further, each Changemaker Fellow will receive a stipend of $500 upon completion of the project at the end of the Spring 2020 semester.

Getting started

Current College of Charleston students can apply to become a Changemaker Fellow here. The deadline to apply is Monday, February 10.

The application will ask you to describe the skills and experiences you bring to the fellowship and why you should be selected. Dr. Hansen and Center for Sustainable Development staff members will review applications and conduct interviews. Successful candidates will exhibit passion and the desire to bring positive change to the College and beyond.


This is a prestigious professional development opportunity that can inspire and support student entrepreneurship and enable you to create positive, lasting change on campus. Your leadership and project success can enhance your portfolio and employment prospects post-graduation, and the Center will recognize you as an inaugural Changemaker Fellow and promote your work through various marketing efforts. Finally, funding! Each Changemaker Fellow will receive a stipend of $500 upon completion of the project at the end of the Spring 2020 semester.

Register for the Changemaker Fellows Program here!