McNulty Prize Application & Eligibility

Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2020 McNulty Prize. The prize process is temporarily suspended as we shift resources to address the COVID-19 crisis

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. Read the application guidelines below.

The McNulty Foundation has also established the Catalyst Fund to provide support for high potential ventures at earlier, critical junctures on their path to impact. Applications for the Catalyst Fund will be accepted during the same time.

Not sure if you should apply to the Catalyst Fund or the McNulty Prize? Consult our cheat sheet here.

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

McNulty Prize 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:

Narrative Statement (300 words maximum)

Include 1) your venture mission, 2) when, and why the venture began, detailing the need your venture addresses, and 3) your title and role in the venture’s achievements.

Success to Significance (200 words maximum)

The McNulty Prize celebrates the boldness and impact of AGLN Fellows using their entrepreneurial spirit and private sector or professional platform to address the world’s toughest challenges. How are you uniquely positioned to address this issue? In what way is the venture or Action Pledge an outcome of your fellowship experience?

Impact (250 words maximum)

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? Please include key metrics that illustrate impact, such as number of people reached, financial impact or other indicators of success.

Creativity (200 words maximum)

How does the venture reflect entrepreneurial approaches to addressing the need? What distinguishes it from others in the sector? How is the implementation exceptional? Has your venture been influential in its sector, and if so, how? Is there evidence that your venture is serving as a model for others?

Sustainability (200 words maximum)

How has the venture taken on a life of its own? How have you build a lasting organization and team? What is your vision for the future, and the next steps?

Financial Information (150 words maximum)

Explain the financial structure of your venture. What are the funding sources and / or types of revenue, and how will they be sustained over time?