Grants And Competitions
Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship (PCSE) Seed Grant Challenge
$5,000 grants to fund the launch or early stage growth of a Wesleyan-connected social enterprise, project, program, or venture. One seed grant per year is provided by the Norman Ernst Priebatsch Fund for Entrepreneurship established by Ilene Rosenthal '74 P'17 and Steven Rosenthal P'17 in memory of Norman Priebatsch, a serial entrepreneur and lifelong philanthropist.
Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship (PCSE) Student Enrichment Grant
Small stipends (averaging $250) intended to subsidize experiences for motivated students who seek to build their own skills, experience, and aptitude for social change by attending off-campus workshops, conferences, or other personal development opportunities. These grants are much smaller than the PCSE Seed Grants or Internship Grants, but there are more available each year. Please note: Enrichment Grants are not intended to fund internship or internship-like experiences.
Student Enrichment Grant Application Form (note: this link will download a Word document) [2/24/15 update: We're sorry, but we have depleted our Enrichment Grant Fund for 2014/2015. Applications will be accepted again beginning 7/1/15.]
Davis Projects for Peace Grant
$10,000 grants for grassroots summer projects anywhere in the world which promote peace and address the root causes of conflict among parties. We encourage applicants to use their creativity to design projects and employ innovative techniques for engaging project participants in ways that focus on conflict resolution, reconciliation, building understanding and breaking down barriers, which cause conflict, and finding solutions for resolving conflict and maintaining peace.
Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship (PCSE) Internship Grant
$4,000 grants for Wesleyan sophomores and juniors currently receiving need-based financial aid who plan to do socially innovative or socially responsible work during summer break. One internship grant per year is provided by the Norman Ernst Priebatsch Fund for Entrepreneurship established by Ilene Rosenthal '74 P'17 and Steven Rosenthal P'17 in memory of Norman Priebatsch, a serial entrepreneur and lifelong philanthropist. To apply, follow the procedures for the Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant program outlined in detail here.
SOCAP Volunteer Tickets
The Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship awards two tickets annually for the SOCAP (Social Capital Markets) conference in San Francisco.
Other Social Impact and Entrepreneurship Grants for Wesleyan Students
There are a number of grants and awards offered by other offices at Wesleyan for students pursuing ventures, internships, and projects related to social justice, activism, sustainability, education, health, international development, and other fields of impact. Those include the EQV Internship Fund, Hartford Steam Boiler Internship, Surdna Foundation Internship Program, Thomas M. Arndt Internship Program, and Kevin Sanborn ’87 Internship (all described here), The Steve Oleskey '64 P'00 Public Service Internship, The Okrent Memorial Grant for Social Justice, Miller Family Foundation Prize, and Christopher Brodigan Award.