Sophomore Year

  • Talk to the faculty mentor in your major department about GCSP
  • Apply and interview for the GCSP

Junior Year

  • Meet with departmental faculty mentor at least twice (fall and spring)
  • Submit first progress report at end of junior year outlining
    • the requirements completed so far
    • plan to complete all additional requirements
    • description of how work fits into the GC themes

Senior Year

  • Meet with departmental faculty mentor at least twice (fall and spring)
  • Submit second progress report in January of senior year including
    • updates to first progress report
    • reflection on GC Scholar experience
  • Complete the 5 GCSP Competencies (2 high, 2 medium, 1 low) by graduation and submit a final portfolio



Scholars will be selected on the basis of their past performance, potential to complete all of the GCSP requirements, and enthusiasm for being part of a cohort of Scholars. Although the application form includes questions about the student’s GPA, these values will be considered along with the other accomplishments and potential achievements of the student, as well as their demonstrated interest in the Grand Challenges themes.

How to Apply

Students will apply during their sophomore year and will submit an application as well as complete an interview with members of the GCSP Steering Committee. Applicants must meet the following criteria to enter the Tulane GCSP:

  • Declared major in one of the SSE majors
  • Completed at least 30 credits towards graduation by the end of the semester
  • Completed at least one requirement option in at least two of the five program competencies
  • Completed their first tier service learning requirement
  • Submitted online application form including an essay
  • Submitted recommendation form from an SSE faculty member who is not on the GCSP Steering Committee
  • Submitted GCSP Plan of Study approved by the GCSP Director, Faculty Mentor, and GCSP Steering Committee (completed through essay and interview process)

Apply now!

Faculty Recommendation Form