We're delighted to announce this year's community partners working across Calgary to build a more just and equitable future for all. Each student will be partnered with an organization for the fellowship as they navigate the program together. 

The fellowship is a cohort-based learning experience for Mount Royal University students committed to building a more just and sustainable future for all. The program runs from late September through the end of April and meets weekly. 

The fellowship is one part community-partnered research and one part transformational learning. Diving into social innovation frameworks, experiential learning and deep listening with community, students explore the root causes of community-identified ecological, social, economic, and cultural issues. 

Students collaborate across sectors and boundaries to engage multiple stakeholders, accelerate their personal and professional development, and deepen their ability to make meaningful change in their communities.


Fellows become part of a dedicated cohort engaged in peer-to-peer experiential learning while broadening their skills and personal competencies needed to understand and navigate complex 21st-century challenges, recognizing that no single individual changes the world alone. Fellows build relationships with mentors, entrepreneurs and innovators within the broader changemaking community in and around Calgary through community-engaged research.

Fellows commit between 5-10 hours per week, in addition to their academic schedule, to conduct research, connect with community partners and faculty mentors and engage with the Catalyst cohort. Fellows receive a $2,000 cash stipend upon completion of the program, residency in MRU’s Trico Changemakers Studio and membership in the Student Changemakers Network for the duration of the program.

The Institute for Community Prosperity is thrilled to announce that we will be welcoming a second cohort of MRU students to take part in our fellowship program. Formally The Catalyst Fellowship for Emerging Changemakers, The Catamount Fellowship for Emerging Changemakers will continue to offer students community based research experience within a cohort setting. 

Catamount is a synonym for a cougar, which is why we are proud to brush a fresh coat of paint on this uniquely MRU program while paying tribute to our inaugural year. Not only does ‘cat’ derive from catalyst but ‘mount’ references to both our name and evokes the challenge of climbing a summit. We chose Catamount because like all large cats, they are an example of a keystone species and their range extends through virtually all of southern Alberta. After watching so many unique lives flourish in the first cohort of this program, it only made sense to reimagine a name that suggests the unique and large journey the fellowship took them on.