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Fordham Social Innovation Research Fellow and Intern Program

2020-2021 Program Guidelines

I. Purpose

The Fordham Social Innovation Research Fellow and Intern Program is designed to promote university-wide social innovation research, develop faculty-student research collaborations, and facilitate internal and external research partnerships in the area of social innovation. The program will build on the success of the first Social Innovation Fellows program in creating and sustaining a core group of inter-disciplinary faculty who will bring internal and external visibility and recognition to Fordham as a leader in social innovation.

Social innovation, as defined by the World Economic Forum, is innovative, practical, sustainable, market-based approaches that benefit society, with special focus on the vulnerable. It is for the development of mindsets and capabilities to create innovative, practical, financially and environmentally sustainable solutions that benefit society. A social innovation should be novel, socially purposed to improve society in some way with scalable and measurable outcomes. It also uses society’s resources more efficiently and effectively and empowers sectors in society that may have been left out in the past.

This year, the program will select 5 faculty research fellows who will each select up to 2 student research interns to work collaboratively with internal Fordham scholars and/or external research partners from May 15, 2020 to May 14, 2021. In total, 5 faculty and 10 students will be funded through this program.

II. Benefits

A. The faculty Research Fellows will receive up to $7,000 in two stipend payments of $3,500 in May 2020 and November 2020, in support of their research activities.

B. Each Student Research Intern will receive an award of up to $1,500 as research support to their faculty Research Fellow.

C. There will be up to five fellows in 2020, covering the following categories: 1) Business; 2) Humanities; 3) Interdisciplinary Research; 4) Law; 5) Sciences; and 6) Social Sciences.

III. Process

A. All Fordham tenured, tenure-track, or clinical faculty members are invited to submit their applications to the Office of Research by February 3, 2020.

B. The Steering Committee of Social Innovation Collaboratory, co-chaired by Deans Rapaccioli and Mast, will organize a review committee to evaluate the applications and recommend five Fellows by February 24, 2020.

C. Each selected Fellow must select and hire up to two Fordham undergraduate and/or graduate students as the Social Innovation Research Interns for 2020-2021.

D. With the guidance of the Social Innovation Steering Committee, a review committee consisting of the selected Fellows will be formed.  Fordham undergraduate and graduate students will be invited to submit their applications to the Office of Research by April 14, 2020.

E. Each Fellow must consult with the dean of their school or their designee on the final selection of Student Research Interns. The selection process must be completed by May 1, 2020.

IV. Faculty Eligibility

Fordham faculty applicants must meet the following requirements:

A. Be a full-time tenure-track, tenured, or clinical faculty member;

B. Have strong research credentials that include publications and/or grant funding in the field of social innovation;

C. Have a well-articulated research plan for collaborating on research with internal and/or external research partners and Fordham students.

D. It is expected that proposed research topics will align with one or more of the categories below. Research proposals that do not address any of these topics should include a clear explanation for how the research will address social innovation.

1) Sustainability
    a. Economic development
    b. Food security and sustainable living
    c. Sustainable cities
    d. Sustainable fashion
    e. Sustainable finance
2) Entrepreneurship
    a. Social entrepreneurship
    b. Socially responsible investing
    c. Technology and social good
3) Civic Participation/Law
    a. Civil society
    b. Community-centered planning
    c. Diversity and inclusion
    d. Ethics
    e. Human rights
    f. Inter-faith dialogue
    g. International labor standards
    h. Social justice
    i. Immigration
4) Business & Management
   a. Corporate governance
   b. Fair trade
   c. Financial inclusion
   d. Impact investing
   e. Microfinance
   f. New form of cooperation (business models)
   g. Transformative service research
5) Education
   a. Charter and non-traditional schooling
   b. Innovative teaching and learning
   c. Social impact
6) Environment
   a. Ecology
   b. Habitat conservation plans
   c. Health care

V. Student Eligibility

Student applicants must meet the following requirements:

A. Be full-time, matriculated students in a Fordham degree program.

B. Be in good academic standing (preferred undergraduate GPA: 3.0 or above).

C. Have a solid plan for how they will contribute to and participate in the research work.

D. Be on campus during fall 2020 and spring 2021.

VI. Application

Fordham faculty applicants must submit the following application materials to the Office of Research by February 3, 2020:

A. A two-page project summary, including objectives, project description, role of student research intern, expected outcomes for student learning, connections between faculty research and teaching, as well as a dissemination plan for this research that articulates the impact of the produced work;

B. The application form ( indicating up to two of seven categories mentioned in section II.C.;

C. A two-page resume.

Fordham student applicants must submit the following application materials to the Office of Research by April 14, 2020:

A. A one-page resume;

B. Applicants must submit the following application form online:

VII. Outcomes

A. Fellows and Student Research Interns are expected to attend quarterly research forums where they will be expected to report on the progress of their research work. The objective of these forums is to encourage interdisciplinary research collaboration.

B. Fellows will be expected to produce scholarly publications and/or submit external grant proposals, as well as delivering conference presentations.

C. Fellows and Interns will also be required to submit a comprehensive report by April 1, 2021 and present a talk at the Fordham Social Innovation Research Symposium in spring 2021.

D. Fellows and Interns will be required to participate in an assessment of this program by the Office of Research.

VIII. Program Management and Facilitation

A. This program will be managed and facilitated by the Office of Research.

B. The Office of Research and the Social Innovation Steering Committee will organize the Fordham Social Innovation Research Symposium in spring 2021.