Map the System challenges students to think differently about social and environmental change -- starting with understanding a problem and its wider context, rather than jumping straight into a business plan or an idea for a quick fix. This global competition requires applicants to demonstrate a deep understanding of a pressing social or environmental issue by mapping out the landscape of current solutions and identifying missing opportunities for change.

One finalist/team from Wesleyan will receive funding to attend the Global Final at the University of Oxford and compete for cash prizes to continue their work.

Read more on the Map the System website or make an appointment at the Patricelli Center to discuss your application.

  • Eligibility
    You can apply for Map the System as an individual or in a team of up to five people.

    At least one member of the team must be a current Wesleyan undergraduate or graduate student OR have received a degree from Wesleyan within the past year.

    At least one member of each team must be available to attend the Global Finals in Oxford in early June.
  • Timeline

    Throughout fall semester and winter break

    Advising sessions for interested students/teams

    Prospective applicants are encouraged to schedule advising appointments here

    February 5, 6:59 p.m.

    All teams must register to participate

    By March 24, 6:59PM

    Applications accepted 

    All registered teams will receive information on how to apply

    March 25-April 29

    Applications are reviewed and semi-finalists are interviewed on campus


    By April 29

    Wesleyan finalist announced


    April 29-June 6

    Wesleyan finalist will prepare for the Global Finals with support from the Patricelli Center


    June 5-7

    Global Finals at the University of Oxford

    The Patricelli Center will provide up to $4000 to the Wesleyan finalist/team to cover travel and other related expenses.  

  • More Details
    All application materials must go through the Map the System website. Prospective applicants should read the specs carefully and be aware of the application process and format.
    Advising is available through the Patricelli Center for anyone working on an application. You can schedule appointments here.
    One Wesleyan finalist/team will be selected to advance to the Global Finals in Oxford, UK, in June. The Patricelli Center will provide up to $4000 in travel costs, depending on the size of the team and other factors. If that is not enough to cover costs for the whole team, finalists can choose one or two people to represent them in Oxford, or they can seek funding from other sources.
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