The Buckminster Fuller Institute 2016 Fellowship Program

November 29, 2015

Each year, The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) invites scientists, students, designers, architects, activists, entrepreneurs, artists and planners from all over the world to submit solutions for addressing humanity’s most pressing problems. Named "Socially-Responsible Design's Highest Award", the Fuller Challenge attracts bold, visionary initiatives focused on critically important, well-defined social and environmental needs.

The Fellowship Program is meant to enhance rigorous discourse in the Fuller Challenge review process by bringing additional voices and perspectives into the discussion. Fellows will work closely with BFI Staff and the Fuller Challenge Review Team to review hundreds of diverse entries to the Challenge.

As creative and innovative members of this community, the BFI extends the application invitation to all Cooper Union students.

Download a PDF with the full description and application instructions.

For full details and application instructions, please email: challenge@bfi.org

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.