IARSLCE is an organization of scholars and practitioners in the fields of service-learning and community engagement who seek to build and expand the understanding of the maturing field of research on this growing phenomenon in many nations worldwide. The first IARSLCE conference to be held outside of the seeks both to advance our understanding of key research issues pertaining to service-learning and community engagement in the European context globally, and to begin the process of building a long-term collaboration among European scholars and practitioners in partnership with IARSLCE. Additional objectives of the IARSLCE European Regional Research Conference are the mapping of service-learning and community engagement research initiatives in the European context, networking among existing practitioners and researchers, and, finally, the building of a European research agenda in the field. The conference will be held at the Universitá di Bologna in Bologna, Italy on June 10, 2016. The deadline for proposals is April 15, 2016.
The Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action’s 45th Annual Conference will focus on the theme of “Nonprofits, Philanthropy, and Government: Policy and Partnerships in an Era of Change.” This year’s conference will be held in Washington, D.C. November 17 – 19. Research on the relationship between the nonprofit and public sectors has a long history in the field, and the conference this year will build on this tradition by considering recent changes in this relationship in the U.S. and around the world. The Conference Committee welcomes proposals addressing a broad variety of topics, in addition to the Conference theme. Proposals can be for individual papers, panels (pre-arranged) of 3-4 papers, colloquia or posters. The deadline for online proposal submissions is April 4, 2016. Submissions for posters will be May 16 – June 15, 2016.
The editors of MJCSL welcome submissions focused on “Graduate Education and Service-Learning/Community Engagement.” Articles and reflective essays should highlight innovations in pedagogy, theory, research, practice, institutional models, and campus-community partnerships in graduate student service-learning and community engagement. The editors encourage quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research as well as theoretical contributions from a single disciplinary perspective and those that cross disciplinary boundaries. The deadline for abstracts for this special section is May 1, 2016.
The Creative Community Fellows program is designed for individuals igniting change through arts and culture in their community. Fellows are curious, open and collaborative individuals who are interested in learning and sharing what they learn. They are dedicated to creating healthy neighborhoods and will recognize and seize opportunities for change. Over the course of a year, through online and in-person learning, fellows are given the tools, training and access to a community of support. The deadline for applications is April 24, 2016.
Grants are made to non-Unitarian Universalist groups in the U.S. and Canada that:
- use community organizing to bring about systemic change leading to a more just society;
- mobilize those who have been disenfranchised and excluded from resources, power and the right to self-determination; and
- have an active focused campaign to create systemic change.
Priority is given to active, specific campaigns to create change in the economic, social, and political structures that affect their lives. The maximum grant is $15,000 with most grants falling between $6,000 and $8,000. The deadline for applications for the fall cycle is September 15, 2016.
Grants are made for activities that conform to the missions of the foundation and must be project-based, be performed by youth, have real environmental outcomes, and be based in the U.S. Grants are intended to provide hands-on environmental stewardship opportunities for youth, serve as a catalyst to getting environment-based education in schools, and inspire youth and communities to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities. The deadline for applications is September 30, 2016.
The Russell Sage Foundation’s program on the Future of Work supports innovative research on the causes and consequences of changes in the quality of jobs for less- and moderately-skilled workers and their families. The foundation seeks investigator-initiated research proposals that will broaden understanding of the role of changes in employer practices, the nature of the labor market and public policies on the employment, earnings, and the quality of jobs of workers. The foundation is especially interested in proposals that address important questions about the interplay of market and non-market forces in shaping the wellbeing of workers, today and in the future. The next deadline for letters of inquiry is June 15, 2016.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s four new change leadership programs are designed to extend the influence and impact of leaders working to build a Culture of Health—a national movement to establish health as a shared value and essential priority across the nation, and to ensure that people are supported to live the healthiest lives possible where they live, learn, work, and play.
- Health Policy Research Scholars is a new national change leadership development opportunity for full-time doctoral students from underrepresented populations or historically disadvantaged backgrounds, entering the first or second year of their doctoral program (by September 2016), from any academic discipline who are training to be researchers and are interested in health policy research. Up to 50 participants receive an annual fellowship of up to $30,000 for up to four years. The deadline for applications is April 19, 2016.
- Interdisciplinary Research Leaders is a new change leadership development opportunity, supporting teams of researchers and community leaders to apply health research and policy to meet the pressing needs of communities. With a shared commitment to creating a healthier, more equitable future, these powerful alliances will be challenged to collaborate in new ways and accelerate the real-life impact of their work. An annual stipend of $25,000 per person and a one-time grant of up to $125,000 per team for research projects will be awarded to up to 20 teams of three people. The deadline for applications is April 19, 2015.
- Culture of Health Leaders is a new change leadership development opportunity for leaders from sectors that influence health—including education, transportation, technology, public health, government, faith/spiritual, business, health care, social service, economic development, urban planning and others—who want to move their communities and organizations toward a Culture of Health. Up to 50 participants receive an annual stipend of $20,000 per person, as well as financial support to complete a bold project. The deadline for applications is April 19, 2016.
- Clinical Scholars Program is a new national leadership opportunity for clinically active health care providers spanning a range of disciplines—nurses, physicians, pharmacists, physical therapists, dentists, allied health, veterinarians, and many others. Working together in interprofessional teams, participants will engage in intensive learning, mentoring and networking to lead transformative change—centered on health equity—in their communities. Up to 50 selected participants receive an annual fellowship of $35,000 per person. The deadline for applications is April 19, 2016.
The TED Prize is awarded annually to an individual with a creative, bold vision to spark global change. By leveraging the TED community’s resources and investing $1 million in a powerful idea, the TED Prize supports one wish to inspire the world each year. TED Prize nominees can be activists, scientists, artists, educators, entrepreneurs, technologists — you name it. The ideal nominee is a visionary who thinks big, and a strong leader with the skills to make things happen. Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2017 TED Prize. The deadline for nominations is August 31, 2016.
Portland State University and Troy University have partnered to present a virtual conference on community-based learning (CBL) and its online possibilities. Celebrating 20 years of engaged Capstones, Portland State University continues to innovate ways of using community-based learning to engage students. As a leader in online education for over 15 years, Troy University brings its rock-solid experience in the online field. Event date: April 6, 2016 – 9 am – 1 pm PST/12 noon – 4 pm EDT. Pre-registration required