Application deadline: 28th January 2019

 Material Submission deadline: 1st April 2019





Oxford, UK



Map the System Competition 2019- Said Business School, Oxford University

Map the System is a global competition that challenges you to think differently about social and environmental change.

Tackling global challenges starts with understanding a problem and its wider context, rather than jumping straight into a business plan or an idea for a quick fix. This competition asks you to select a social or environmental issue and to explore, probe, and research all the connecting elements and factors around it. We want you to present this issue back to us in a way that people can understand, share, and learn from.

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We believe that social transformation doesn’t happen in a silo, nor does it come from one person or one great idea. Mapping out the system allows us to think about context and the many interacting factors that contribute to the development of the issues facing us – be they economic forces, political movements, or global trends. It gives us the tools to understand the whole picture and takes us out of our silos. Map the System is an initiative of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Environment

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


At least one team member should belong to a partner institution. For Arab participants, a partner university is based in Qatar.

Program Period

From 17th September 2019 to 9th June 2019

Registration: 17 September 2018 –28 January 2019

Final Submission: 1 April 2019

Shortlisting and Selection: 2 April –8 May 2019

Map the System Global Final Event: 7 – 9 June 2019

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  •  You can apply for Map the System as an individual or in a team of up to five people.
  • At least one member of the team must be a current student at a partner institution (enrolled on a course of 6 months or longer), OR a recent graduate of a partner institution (having completed studies within 12 months of the date you register for the competition).
  •  Students may be at undergraduate, diploma, postgraduate or doctoral level.
  • Your institution may have additional eligibility criteria.
  • Please get in touch with your local Map the System contact for further information.

Opportunity Cost


  • Prizes
    At the Global Final in Oxford, teams from all over the world will compete to win cash prizes. In addition, partner universities may provide their own prizes to finalists.
  • 1st prize.
    £4,000 cash prize
  • 2nd prize.
    £3,000 cash prize
  • 3rd prize.
    £2,000 cash prize
  • You may be selected to attend the final Map the System Event at Oxford University.

How to Apply

First Step: 

1. Check the eligibility criteria and key dates to make sure you are able to participate.

2. Form a team (or go it alone). You can enter the competition as an individual or team of up to five people.

3. Choose your topic. See our guidance page for advice on how to select an appropriate topic.

4. Register online. Tell us a bit about your topic, what you plan to research and who’s on your team.

Registration is open from 17 September 2018 until 28 January 2019. The earlier you register, the longer you’ll have to work on your submission.

Second Step:

As soon as you’ve registered to take part, you can begin your research.

1. Use the resources to guide you. We have a list of recommended resources, including the Impact Gaps Canvas tool and videos of last year’s final presentations. Talk to your local institution contacts as they may have other resources to recommend.

2. Research thoroughly. The best submissions are those that draw upon a wide range of sources, such as journal articles, academic literature, policy documents, surveys and interviews. You can revise or refine your topic at this stage if required.

3. Create your visual map, analysis report and bibliography. The judges will be looking for a submission that is visually appealing, easy to understand, demonstrates thorough research, and draws out key insights and opportunities for change.

4. Submit. Upload your final documents via our online form no later than 1 April 2019.

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This Scholarship Published by:
Salma Aittaleb/ Morocco

Reviewed by” Sara Idris/ Egypt 
MARJ3 Intern
MARJ3 Scholarships team