The Social Connectedness Fellowship Program empowers students and recent graduates to carry out innovative research that will inspire local and global action to build community and belonging.
Fellows will have the opportunity to work with a partner organization in the social connectedness movement and conduct research, writing, analysis, and outreach in thematic areas related to social isolation and connectedness.
Fellows will gain knowledge and develop research specific to their partner’s objectives/mandates, as well as connect with other partners to consult and benefit from their expertise. Thus, the fellowship program enables Fellows to expand their professional networks and gain hands-on experience in research and programming, all while equipping them with new skills and a framework to tackle issues of the 21st century.
SCSC is looking for candidates with a passion for human rights, social justice and community-building.
- Feels passionate about or has first-hand knowledge in a particular SCSC area.
- Is interested in human-centered, community-driven change and building greater connectedness in the world.
- Wants to gain a new lens through which to understand and approach complex global issues.
- Willing to commit to SCSC’s values and approach to research projects and partnership development.
- Prepared to step out of their comfort zone in conducting research and outreach, and building relationships with the community.
- This program is suited for candidates who are in their final year of an undergraduate degree (i.e will have graduated by summer or end of 2019), who are currently pursuing or finishing a graduate program, or who are maximum one year out of university. However, other applicants who are inspired by the movement and seek to learn and contribute to our thematic areas are encouraged to apply and will be considered for the program.
- Be fully proficient in written and oral English to complete documentation and engage fully at orientation and workshops.
- Able to obtain a travel visa if needed by the start of the fellowship to come for orientation in Montreal, Canada.
- Able to obtain a working permit if needed.
- Able to work independently and manage time effectively.
- Able to take initiative and draw from different resources to support their work.
- Able to perform multiple types of research (online, literature reviews, surveys/in-person interviews).
- Respectful of diversity (gender, disability, religion and culture).
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Experience in community engagement and working with vulnerable populations an asset.
Academic background (not an exhaustive list):
- Humanities and Social Sciences
- Social Work
- Communication and Media
- Geography and Environmental Studies
- Business and International Management
Based on the areas chosen and experiences highlighted in the application, successful candidates will be matched with partners based on their interests and skillsets. Candidates are unable to know beforehand the partners that will be involved in this year’s cohort. Over the summer, Fellows work with partners and SCSC staff to develop a defined work plan and research scope, and then produce a variety of outputs, from analytical reports to other creative initiatives, raising awareness and providing policy and program directives.
Fellows are encouraged to identify relevant stakeholders associated with their focus areas and to conduct primary research. This year, Fellows will be encouraged to create and deliver projects involving the community, whether it be hosting a local event, or creating and running an advocacy campaign.
A key component of the Social Connectedness Fellowship Program is to build a supportive community among Fellows themselves, and to create opportunities for continued engagement and learning with SCSC. There will be an introductory workshop on the theory and concepts of social isolation and connectedness, as well as other workshops to strengthen Fellows’ skills in research, outreach, advocacy and community engagement.
Fellows will come away with:
- An interdisciplinary understanding of social isolation, how it manifests and pathways to overcome it
- Multiple opportunities to conduct primary research in a community
- Opportunities to create their own community event, run an advocacy campaign or propose another creative output
- Strengthened skills in research, writing, critical thinking, outreach, leadership and advocacy
- A new network of young trailblazing leaders
- Mentorship and support from SCSC, previous Fellows and partners across a variety of disciplines
Fellows will receive compensation for their full-time work.
The Fellowship will take place from May 13 to August 30, 2019. Fellows must commit 100% to the duration of the program, in which Fellows will work full-time throughout the Fellowship period. Fellows are strongly encouraged to be in Montreal for the entire Fellowship, where they can connect with other local Fellows and with the local SCSC team. In select cases, Fellows may alternatively choose to work in the city where their partner operates (opportunities will be explored at the interview round). However, if applicants are unable to relocate to Montreal or another city where the partner operates, exceptions can be made.
The application (see below) and reference letter are due March 24, 11:59 pm EST. Fellows will be selected soon after and will be asked to commit a few hours in April to begin building a relationship with their partner.
Official full-time work begins on Monday, May 13. Fellows will be required to attend an in-person orientation in Montreal (expenses will be covered).
If you have any questions, please reach out to Celine Thomas, Fellowship Program Manager, at [email protected].
Click here for the Social Connectedness Fellowship Program – Summer 2019 Application Questions, which are to be submitted via the link below.
To apply, click here [google form]. Please note, you must be signed into a google account in order to access the google form. The google form consists of filling out basic contact details, and uploading your CV, writing sample and application questions. To create a google account, click here.