With the Changemaker Challenge, the Dopper Foundation hopes to stimulate Master’s students to break new ground with their research. This way, we want to encourage you to obtain more knowledge about clean water and plastic waste. The Dopper Foundation has full faith in your own innovativeness and will in no way interfere with your research.
The Dopper Foundation is looking for Changemakers: Master’s students that want to conduct ground-breaking research into subjects relating to clean water or plastic waste. Students can register with the topic of their thesis. Ten finalists will receive €500 to prepare their research. The three winners of the finals will take home €3,000 to invest in their ground-breaking research. For the roadmap and schedule, click here.
To ensure that you stand a chance of winning the €3000, we have made you a list of participating conditions:
The Dopper Foundation will award €500 to the 10 finalists and €3,000 to the 3 ultimate changemakers. You yourself determine how you will use the budget, as long as it makes your research ground-breaking! Read What to do with 3 grands?
The payment of a grant/prize money for which a scientific/artistic achievement/research has been delivered is subject to income tax. The prize money must be declared as taxable income from other activities (resultaat uit overige werkzaamheden, RUOW) on the income tax return. Note: The costs incurred can be deducted from the income. The difference between income and expenses is the taxable income from other activities.
No, you do not have to adjust your regular schedule to participate in the Changemaker Challenge and will not cause any study delay. The Challenge is not a program in addition to your research, it merely makes a monetary amount available for your research. Therefore, you will not be delayed as a result of your participation in the CMC.
To participate in the Changemaker Challenge, the topic of your thesis has to be related to the topics clean water and / or plastic waste. These themes offer a broad variety of topics, so be creative! Surprise us! Could you use inspiration? Read the article Inspiration for your thesis topic.
The research budget of the Changemaker Challenge is intended to give an extra boost to your own Master’s research/thesis!
Still no idea what your thesis should be about? Click here to view the inspiration page.
No, the Dopper Foundation does not affect your choice of topic nor the content of your research. The budget of the CMC is intended to give an extra boost to your own Master’s research/thesis.
Dopper does not offer graduation internships and will never interfere with your research.
No, the CMC is not a degree program at Dopper BV nor at the Dopper Foundation. The budget that we make available with this Challenge is intended to boost your master’s research/thesis.
Dopper – or one of the affiliated parties – will never share your information with third parties without requesting your explicit permission to do so. The subjects submitted will be communicated in consultation, and the same applies for interim updates (e.g. in the form of an interview). The end results will be used for communication purposes of the Dopper Foundation, because we consider the sharing of knowledge to be an important resource in the battle against plastic waste and for clean drinking water. And… Of course we are very proud of the winners and believe that they deserve attention!
No, all Master’s students can register. We think it is particularly interesting to read different perspectives on clean water and waste solutions and we look forward to reading your input! More questions about your study background? Read Changemaker Challenge: for alpha, beta and gamma students!.
You can be either in the starting phase or in the research phase of your thesis. Or maybe you have not started at all! The research budget is intended to boost your master’s research, so you cannot register if your research is already completed before the finals. Check all conditions for participation under question 5.
Are you writing your Master’s thesis at a company? You can still participate in the Changemaker Challenge. As long as the topic of your research has to do with water or plastic waste, and it supports the mission of the Dopper Foundation, you can make the difference! Is there a thesis embargo from the company? No worries mate. We understand that companies are protecting this type of material. As long as you can present your results of your research in headlines, we are happy! Do you have more questions? Check out the FAQ.
It is completely up to you how to spend the research budget. As long as it will boost your research. The money is not meant for anything other than your research (like those amazingly expensive boots you have been craving for). Would you like some examples of how to spend the money, or can you use some inspiration? Check What to do with 3 grand.