Social Innovation Fellowship: Call for 2019-2020 Partner Organizations

Social Innovation Fellowship: Call for 2019-2020 Partner Organizations

Is your organization exploring ideas and solutions to tackle social issues?

Do you wish you had more resources for research & development related to social good and impact initiatives?

Apply now to work with a Social Innovation Fellow on an applied research project!

Overview

The Social Innovation Fellowship Program connects Edmonton businesses and non-profit organizations with graduate students to undertake applied research projects related to social innovation, social entrepreneurship, and social change initiatives.

Edmonton businesses and non-profit organizations are invited to submit an Expression of Interest to work with a Social Innovation Fellow on a 4 to 6 month project between January and June 2020.

Types of projects

Social Innovation Fellowship applied research projects explore social innovation concepts and methods. Broadly, social innovation means using new ideas and solutions to tackle social issues and have a positive impact on society. This includes social entrepreneurship and social enterprise approaches, where business models are used to address social issues.

These research projects can relate to any sector and field, including health, social services, business, fine arts, community development, sciences, and engineering.

Examples of potential projects include:

  • Examining supports and barriers to engaging in socially-conscious business practices.
  • Looking at how artists and arts organizations can be involved in animating empty storefronts.
  • Investigating the potential for plastic water bottles to be reused as building bricks.
  • Examining if and how temporary pop-up parks impact active transportation and physical activity.

Partner eligibility

Partners may be from any sector and field, including health, social services, business, fine arts, community development, sciences, and engineering. To participate, partners must:

  1. Invest matching funds of $5,000 (non-profit) or $7,875 (for-profit) towards their Fellow’s salary.
  2. Be registered as a for-profit or not-for-profit corporation in Canada.
  3. Work with their Fellow and an Academic Advisor to develop a research project that achieves both partner and researcher objectives.
  4. Provide space for their Fellow to work on-site during some parts of the project.

How to participate

June-July 2019

Submit an Expression of Interest outlining the social innovation, social entrepreneurship, or social change topic you’re interested in researching with a Fellow:

Due: Friday, July 19, 2019

Expression of Interest Form

August-September 2019

The MacEwan University Social Innovation Institute will work with you to recruit a Social Innovation Fellow (Masters, PhD, or post-doctoral fellow) and MacEwan Junior Fellow who have skills and expertise aligned with your interests.

October-November 2019

Develop an applied research proposal with your Fellow and their Academic Advisor.

January-June 2020

Your Fellow and a MacEwan Junior Fellow will work with you to implement your collaborative applied research project.

Questions?

The Social Innovation Fellowship is a capacity-building initiative offered by the MacEwan University Social Innovation Institute, in partnership with Mitacs and Roundhouse.

Please contact Alexis Lockwood, MacEwan University Social Innovation Institute, with any questions or clarifications at [email protected] or 780-983-0389.