The Social Innovation Fellowship connects Edmonton-based businesses and non-profit organizations that need applied research support for a social innovation, social entrepreneurship or social change initiative with a research Fellow and a Junior Fellow. MacEwan University students fill the Junior Fellow positions.
Invitation to apply
If you are a MacEwan University undergraduate student, you are invited to apply to work with a University of Alberta Fellow on an applied research project from February to June 2020 (20-30 hours in total).
Accepted Junior Fellows receive a stipend of $500.
Types of projects
The Junior Fellow works together with the research Fellow on a social innovation project. 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.
Research projects, which are identified by a partner organization, 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
Exploring ways 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
Junior Fellow eligibility (2019–2020)
Junior Fellows may be from any discipline, including health, social services, business, fine arts, community development, sciences and engineering. To participate, Junior Fellows must:
Be enrolled as a MacEwan undergraduate student
Have successfully completed a research methods course at MacEwan or another post-secondary institution by December 31, 2019
Work on an applied research project with a Fellow from February to June 2020 (20-30 hours in total)
Be open to working on different elements of the research process, with direction and supervision from their Fellow
How to participate
Review potential Social Innovation Fellowship projects. If you see a project aligned with your interests, email Alexis Lockwood, MacEwan University Social Innovation Institute at email@example.com by October 21, 2019.
2019–2020 Fellowship Projects
Connect with your Fellow to discuss the research skills you want to develop and how you can be involved in the Fellowship project. Your Fellow will integrate you into their research proposal as a Junior Fellow.
Work with your Fellow to implement a collaborative applied research project between February and June 2020 (20-30 hours in total) and receive a stipend of $500. Engage in professional development workshops and mentoring discussions with your Fellow about the graduate school experience.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 780-983-0389.