Singularity University's Global Solutions Program (GSP) empowers participants with the tools, knowledge and skills for positively impacting billions of people. Join technologists, scientists, entrepreneurs, designers, physicians, and others on a path to discover technology-based solutions to improve the lives of billions.
The Global Solutions Program annually admits a class to take part in a 10-week immersive experience designed to educate, empower and prepare today's brightest minds from across the globe to use exponential technology to solve the world's greatest challenges. The 2016 GSP takes place from June 18 to August 28.
GSP16 Applications Are Closed
Still Want to Attend? Enter a Global Impact Competition to Secure Your Spot
Global Impact Competitions are annual competitions held in partnership with sponsor organizations worldwide and organized by geography and theme. These competitions act as a platform to identify outstanding entrepreneurs, leaders, scientists and engineers with the most innovative ideas for positively impacting millions of lives locally and globally within the next 3-5 years. The winner of each competition is invited to attend the Global Solutions Program (GSP) free of charge.
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Who Should Apply to GSP 2017
Singularity University seeks talented social entrepreneurs, scientists, technologists, designers, physicians, social change agents, engineers, lawyers, and more for our 10-week immersive experience.
Applicants should be team players and have proven leadership skills, demonstrated experience working with global issues, and a passion for impacting the greatest challenges facing humanity. Applicants should be prepared to go 'all in' on their post-GSP startup and have no pre-existing obligations that would prevent them from doing so.
GSP is conducted in English and all applicants should be fluent.
GSP exposes participants to a culture of innovation and exploration through world-class curriculum, hands-on training workshops, interactive group discussions, behind-the-scene tours at emerging startups, and onsite visits at major technology companies.
Exponential Technologies, Tools & Methods
Technologies that demonstrate continued accelerating growth of capabilities and a set of tools and methods for using exponential technologies to create innovative social impact.
Artifical Intelligence & Robotics
Digital Biology & Medicine
Digital Fabrication & Nanotechnology
Networks & Computing Systems
Tools & Methods
Policy, Law, & Ethics
GSP faculty and guest speakers are renowned technology experts, leading entrepreneurs, notable CEOs, and top venture capitalists dedicated to applying exponential technologies to addressing Global Grand Challenges (GGC)—problems affecting at least 1 billion people.
Singularity University has identified the following eleven Global Grand Challenges facing the world today:
GSP Launchpad — NEW for 2016!
GSP Launchpad is a new 8-week program designed to further solidify the transformation of the strongest team projects into companies. During the most intensive phase of a company's development and growth, participants stay on campus and have access to Singularity University's team of experts to provide the tools and guidance necessary to build a strong foundation for success and impact. SU will provide housing and weekly check-ins with no formal curriculum or other programming.
A select number of positions will be available for GSP participants. Applications will be available toward the conclusion of the 2016 Global Solutions Program.
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Sponsors & Supporters
We're excited to announce a new multi-year, multi-million dollar agreement with Google that will enable SU to make the Global Solutions Program available free of charge to direct applicants. Read more details here.
GSP 2016 Frequently Asked Questions
What are the dates for Singularity University's 2016 Global Solutions Program (GSP)?
Singularity University's (SU) 2016 GSP program is scheduled for June 18 - August 28, 2016. GSP participants are expected to be in residence at SU on a full-time basis throughout the entire ten-week period.
Where can I learn more about GSP?
Please review GSP 2016 for a detailed description of the GSP's interdisciplinary curriculum, residential living/learning environment, and collaborative team project experience. To learn more about our global community of individuals who can tell you about their personal experience at SU, or help connect you with other SU alumni in your local region, click here. The GSP 2015 class included citizens from more than 40 nations.
How many participants attend GSP?
Each summer, 80 participants from around the world attend the GSP.
Where is GSP located?
The GSP is held on Singularity University's campus at NASA Research Park in Mountain View, California (located in Silicon Valley). Learn more about NASA Research Park's facilities here.
How do I apply to attend GSP?
There are two application channels for admission to the GSP: Direct Admission or Global Impact Competitions (GIC). You're welcome to apply separately to both channels during the GSP 2016 admissions cycle. The following three sections provide additional information for the two application channels.
What is the Direct Admission application channel?
One path for admission to GSP 2016 is to apply directly to Singularity University. Direct Admission applicants receive the benefit of earlier notification of application decision. We encourage you to apply for Direct Admission if you need to make a decision soon regarding your plans for summer 2016.
The application process opens November 18th. Please direct any questions about application specifics to admissions.
Can teams apply together?
Yes. Although most of the GSP participants will be not be part of an existing team, GSP16 has limited spots to allow for 2-3 person teams to enter the program together. All team members must apply directly to the program via the application process and specify that they are part of an existing team. Teams should have a previously demonstrated capacity to work together but not have a pre-formed company (they should be in the 'idea phase' of their 'next big thing'). Teams that participate in the GSP are under no obligation to continue with their initial project or even stay with their team.
What is the Direct Admission timetable for GSP 2016?
Early submissions for Direct Admission are strongly encouraged. Note that your application cannot be submitted for review until all applicant recommendation letters have been uploaded to SU's online platform.
Direct Admission applicants will be initially evaluated based on materials they submit online, including their CV and a short personal video. A small group of Direct Admission finalists will be invited to participate in individual remote video interviews.
March 7, 2016: Deadline to submit completed applications.
March 7, 2016: Deadline for applicant recommenders to upload recommendation letters to the Direct Admission portal is 2:00 PM (Pacific Time Zone).
March 2016: Application Review
April 15, 2016: Applicant Notification. Final selection will begin April 1, 2016.
June 18, 2016: GSP 2016 participants arrive at SU.
What is the Global Impact Competition (GIC) admission channel?
Alternately, you can compete in SU's Global Impact Competitions held in partnership with sponsor organizations worldwide and organized by geography and theme. GIC applicants must meet the eligibility requirements of that particular competition and submit an idea or prototype in response to a specific challenge defined in the rules.
In addition to geographic competitions, SU has introduced one thematic competition open to all applicants regardless of geographic region: GIC for Access to Opportunity.
GSP Launchpad is an optional eight-week program at the SU campus that will begin two weeks after the conclusion of GSP. The LaunchPad Program provides support post GSP in the areas of project management, milestone achievement, and accountability, in order for teams to get traction on transitioning from team project to viable startup. SU will provide housing and weekly check-ins with no formal curriculum or other programming.
How can I attend GSP Launchpad?
GSP LaunchPad is open to a limited number of GSP 2016 participants. Applications can be submitted near the end of the GSP.
How much does it cost to attend the GSP program?
The program itself is free of charge to all attendees. Program fees, paid for by a GIC sponsor or by Google funding, include housing, scheduled meals, academic materials and site visits. This does not include travel to and from the program, which is a separate expense paid by each GSP participant.
What is Singularity University's GSP 2016 attendance policy?
If you have a scheduling conflict next summer that will prevent you from meeting SU's GSP attendance standards described below, please do not submit an application for the 2016 GSP.
Daily attendance is required of all GSP participants. Regular participation in the GSP is a critical component for a successful learning experience. The attendance requirement defines the reciprocal responsibilities participants have to each other and to themselves.
GSP participants are permitted only a few absences without adversely affecting their privilege to continue in the program or their receipt of final certificate. Reasons for excused absences include:
Death or serious illness of an immediate family member
Birth or adoption of a child
Illness or medical needs of a child for whom the participant is a primary caretaker
Participant's own wedding day or that of an immediate family member
Required military service, court summons or jury duty that cannot be postponed
Religious observance of high holy days
Event honoring participant with significant award or recognition
Participants must notify the GSP Managing Director of any absence in advance. Notification may be made via telephone, email,in person, or in the case of emergency, as soon as possible afterward. Note that the act of notification of absence does not in itself guarantee that an absence will be considered excused. Moreover, GSP participants will be required to make up any absence to the satisfaction of those staff members required to be notified of their absence.
How can I obtain further information about the GSP program, the Direct Admission application channel, and/or the Global Impact Competition application channel?
An overview of Singularity University's Global Solutions Program is available at GSP 2016
If you have additional questions, contact admissions.
Global Impact Competitions: Please review the GIC homepage. If you have additional questions, contact us .