XPRIZE Visioneering Science Communication Social Impact Fellowship

Fellowship Description

The XPRIZE Foundation designs and operates global prize competitions to incentivize the development of radical technology for the benefit of humanity. Since its founding in 1994, the organization has launched twenty competitions in the domains of Space, Oceans, Learning, Health, Energy, Environment, Transportation, Public Safety and Robotics.

Our first XPRIZE competition, the $10 million Ansari XPRIZE for private spaceflight, spurred an industry and created exponential breakthroughs. Since then we have launched over $240 million in prize purses, including the $15 million Global Learning XPRIZE, the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, and the $1.4 million Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup XPRIZE. Each of these prizes has created an industry-changing technology that brings us closer to a better, safer, more sustainable world.

XPRIZE is excited to offer a GradFUTURES fellow the opportunity to learn and grow by contributing to the design of our next wave of moonshot incentive prize ideas in the domains of Health, Climate, Energy and Space. The fellow will collaborate closely with XPRIZEs’ Global Visioneering Program Manager to perform primary and secondary research and analysis to support the design of new incentive prize concepts by examining the current challenges, opportunities, and market landscape surrounding the potential prize area. Additionally, the fellow will be responsible for drafting collateral to effectively communicate these prize concepts to key stakeholders and potential prize sponsors.

Project Overview

  • Perform primary and secondary research and analysis to provide critical background in the areas of Health, Climate, Energy and Space that will identify problems to be addressed through specific incentive-based competitions. 
  • Map current challenges, opportunities, and market landscape surrounding potential prize areas.
  • Engage experts, practitioners, and thought leaders to gain key insights related to prize topics.
  • Produce data visualizations and other communication assets.
  • Draft and review the content for multiple prize concepts which synthesizes research and data analysis. Develop collateral that effectively communicates prize concepts to key stakeholders and potential prize sponsors.

Skills & Experience Overview

  • Research and data analysis 
  • A passion for the use of technology to solve grand challenges
  • Experience with incentive competitions is a plus
  • The ideal candidate will have a background in research, analysis and science communication 
  • Ability to manage projects independently while participating in the program remotely
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and the Google suite of products


Your Host

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A global future-positive movement of over 1M people and rising, XPRIZE is a trusted, proven platform for impact that leverages the power of competition to catalyze innovation and accelerate a more hopeful future by incentivizing radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. We use large-scale global incentive competitions to crowdsource solutions to the world's grand challenges.

Current & Former XPRIZE Fellows

Shelby Lohr, GS, HIS
Professional Development Associate 2020-21
Social Impact Fellow
University Administrative Fellow

"I'm a storyteller and media enthusiast pursuing a PhD in American History. Outside of doctoral work, I've studied comedy writing and creative writing. I'm interested in harnessing the narrative tools often reserved for fiction and film to craft compelling public-facing content inspired by research."

Saadia El Karfi, GS, FIT
University Administrative Fellow
Social Impact Fellow

As a UAF "I get to work on issues and topics that are meaningful to me as an international student, as a woman, and as an academic."

Max Horder, GS, ANT
University Administrative Fellow
Social Impact Fellow
Clio Hall Award Recipient

"My experience of the UAF program has been transformational: it has equipped me with the skillset I need to translate my academic training into proficiencies valued in many different industries. The Fellowship has given me a much wider perspective of my potential as a graduate student and unlocked a whole new dimension to the investment I am making at Princeton."