Tiger Challenge helps students and community partners build more equitable and joyful societies. Taking place inside and outside of the classroom over multiple years and pathways, students and advisers address complex societal issues in partnership with nonprofit and government partners. Teams develop lasting innovations across education, health, sustainability, social justice, and civic life.

The program is grounded in design thinking, a body of techniques that unlocks empathy, creativity, collaboration, and open-mindedness. Learn about the design thinking methodology.

Innovation through innovation can take many paths, and so can this program. Opportunities include: 

  • A 10-week, full-time summer immersion experience
  • The Community Project Studio course for academic credit
  • Independent work where students conduct impact evaluations of their designs

Tiger Challenge model


Immerse broadly in the challenge area to identify unmet needs and frame new opportunities:

  • Ethnographic techniques
  • Review of literature and prior work
  • Conversations with advisors and partners
  • Create maps of information

How to meet these requirements:

  • Summer Tiger Challenge program OR
  • Academic year Tiger Challenge program OR
  • Another project-based course or equivalent experience (by application)


Develop, test, and adapt novel ways to address the opportunities and problems identified:

  • Brainstorming techniques
  • Prototyping methods
  • Pilot planning

How to meet these requirements:

  • EGR 250/EGR 251 B04 - Community Project Studio course (full academic year)


Execute a pilot and pilot study, testing the intended and unintended impacts of designs:

  • Project management tools
  • Impact evaluations
  • Working with partners to create plans for durability

How to meet these requirements:

  • Summer Tiger Challenge program OR
  • EGR 350/EGR 351 B04 - Community Project Studio course (full academic year) OR
  • Departmental independent work (junior papers/theses) or graduate research


Princeton University graduate and undergraduate students of all departments.

How to Apply

Update: Tiger Challenge is going fully virtual this summer. Please see Keller Center's COVID-19 page for more information.

This year's Tiger Challenge will uniquely encompass a borderless, transnational theme that takes students beyond geography and time differences. Students will find themselves embracing a whole new post-Coronavirus world that is larger than physical boundaries and constraints, with a joyful fire of conviction towards social action ignited, and equipped with a mindset that is truly translocal, transnational, and transcultural.

The application period for challenges beginning in June 2020 is now open and has been extended until April 15, 2020:

  • Vaping Epidemic – Tackling vaping among adolescents at its core
  • Buyout and Buoyancy – Understanding proactive preventive strategies through a climate park
  • Close the GAP – Fighting gerrymandering by mobilizing local communities
  • Monty4Heritage – Rediscovering hidden stories to reincorporate into existing history

Don’t see one that captures your interest? Already started a design-thinking project? Propose a topic.

Apply now

Tiger Challenge seeks 4-8 Graduate Student Advisors for Summer 2020, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 to work as content advisors to the above teams. Learn more and apply.


Jessica Leung
Design Program Manager