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Fordham Social Innovation Research Fellow and Intern Program

2019 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 create a core group of inter-disciplinary faculty that will bring internal and external visibility and recognition to Fordham’s role 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 new program is funded through the ongoing generous contribution of our alumnus Brent Martini (GSB 1986). The program will select up to eight faculty research fellows who will select their student research interns to work collaboratively with internal Fordham scholars and/or external research partners in 2019.

II. Benefits

A. The faculty Research Fellow will receive up to $7,000 as a stipend in support of their research activities.

B. Three student Research Interns will receive up to $4,500 in total (each student will receive $1,500 for working with his/her faculty Fellow). Payment could be in the form of a summer stipend or hourly wage.

C. There will be up to eight fellows in 2019, 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 November 1, 2018.

B. The Steering Committee of Social Innovation Collaboratory, chaired by Dr. Donna Rapaccioli, Dean of the Gabelli School of Business, will organize a review committee to evaluate the applications and select eight Fellows by December 1, 2018.

C. Each selected Fellow must select and hire up to three Fordham undergraduate and/or graduate students as the Social Innovation Research Interns for 2019.

D. The Steering Committee will call for students’ participation based on the selected Fellows’ research areas. A review committee will be formed with all selected Fellows. Each Fellow must consult with the dean of their school or their designee, regarding the hiring of the students. The hiring process must be completed by January 15, 2019.

E. The Research Interns must be current full time and degree seeking Fordham students until December 2019. They can work with their faculty in spring, summer and fall, 2019.

RFP for 2019 Social Innovation Student Interns

Social Innovation Research Intern Applications are due no later than December 13, 2018.

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 solid research plan for collaborating on research with internal and/or external research partners and Fordham students.

D. The research topics should encompass social innovation listed below including, but not limited to:
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. Application

Fordham faculty applicants must submit the following application materials to the Office of Research by November 1, 2018:

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. Applicants must also include a cover page in their Social Innovation Research Fellow application, indicating up to two of six categories mentioned in section II.C.;

C. A two-page resume.

Social Innovation Research Intern Applications are due no later than December 13, 2018.

VI. Outcomes

A. Fellows are expected to attend quarterly research seminars where they will be expected to report on the progress of their research work. The objective of these seminars 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 March 1, 2020 and present a talk at the Fordham Social Innovation Research Forum in April 2020.

VII. 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 Collaboratory will organize the social innovation research reception in early spring 2019 and the social innovation research forum in spring 2020.