McNulty Prize Application & Eligibility

The Prize application will open March 2019.

The John P. McNulty Prize recognizes the boldness that Aspen Global Leadership Network fellows are bringing to bear on the foremost social, economic and environmental challenges of our time. The winner receives $100,000 to further his or her venture; each of the other laureates receive $25,000.

The McNulty Foundation has also established the Catalyst Fund to provide support for high potential ventures. All applications submitted for the Prize will be considered for support from the McNulty Prize Catalyst Fund.

Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Eligibility & Criteria

To qualify for the John P. McNulty Prize, you must be a Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, with an active venture or Action Pledge two years underway that is poised to continue for the foreseeable future. Submissions must be, or have substantially evolved from, what was designated as your leadership venture during your fellowship. 

Applicants are asked to make a written statement of their venture, address its impact, creativity and sustainability and present supporting materials. Videos are encouraged but not required. Entries are judged on each of the following criteria:


Describe the impact of your venture on individuals and/or the community. What is the evidence that the venture has been accepted and embraced by those it benefits?  How do you measure and assess achievements? If possible, include key metrics that illustrate impact, like number of people reached, financial impact or other indicators of success.


How does the venture reflect entrepreneurial approaches to addressing the need? What distinguishes it from others in this space? How has the venture changed the notion of what’s possible? How is the implementation exceptional?


How has the venture taken on a life of its own? What is your vision for the future, and the next steps? Has your venture been influential in its sector? How? Is there evidence that your venture is serving as a model for others?

Financial Information

Explain the financial structure of your venture, how it is funded and how it will be sustained in the long-term? While financial need is not a criteria for the Prize, we are curious: how would this make a difference for your venture