Applications for the 2019 Catalyst Fellowship are now closed

The 2019 cohort will be announced September 20, 2019

What is the Catalyst Fellowship?

The fellowship is a cohort-based learning experience for MRU students committed to building a more just and sustainable future for all. The fellowship is one part community-partnered research and one part transformational learning. Diving into social innovation frameworks, experiential learning and deep listening with community, students explore the root causes of complex ecological, social, economic, and cultural issues. Students will collaborate across sectors and boundaries to engage multiple stakeholders, accelerate their personal and professional development, and deepen their ability to make meaningful change in their communities.

Why Apply?

  • Dig into real-world 21st-century challenges with community partners right here in Southern Alberta
  • Develop a changemaker mindset, combined with an ability to see complex issues through a systems lens
  • Build meaningful connections with a broader community of changemakers including community leaders, public officials, activists, social entrepreneurs and innovators
  • Gain valuable undergraduate community-engaged research experience

Program structure:

The fellowship will bring together a cohort of 8 senior-level students from across undergraduate faculties and programs of study at MRU. Fellows are matched with a community partner working to address a systemic, community-wide issue,  as well as a faculty mentor to help steward and inform the fellows’ research on an identified topic.

Fellows become part of a dedicated cohort who meet every other Friday for 3 hours to engage in experiential learning, give and receive feedback within the cohort to support each other’s learning, connect with mentors, entrepreneurs and innovators within the broader changemaking community in and around Calgary. Working collectively, fellows develop the skills and tools needed to understand and navigate complex 21st-century challenges, recognizing that no single individual changes the world alone.

Commitment and perks:

Fellows are required to commit between 5-10 hours per week from October 2019 through April 2020 to conduct research, connect with community partners and faculty mentors and engage with the Catalyst cohort. Fellows receive a $2,000 cash stipend upon completion of the program, residency in MRU’s Trico Changemakers Studio and membership in the Student Changemakers Network for the duration of the program.

The program kicks off with a full-day retreat on Friday, September 27.

Are you eligible to be a Catalyst Fellow?

  • You’re passionate about the future well-being of people and the planet
  • You’re a thinker with ideas that have the potential to create change
  • You have a willingness to wrestle with challenging and complex issues facing the 21st century
  • You’re a student at MRU with a minimum of 60 credits completed towards your degree or 30 credits towards your diploma.
  • You’re in Good Standing academically (note there is no minimum GPA to qualify for the fellowship)
  • You’re able to commit between 5-10 hours per week to the fellowship

Deadline to Apply

Please note that the deadline to apply for the fellowship closes September 13, 2019

Deliverables of the Fellow:

  • Community Engagement - Fellows design and host a community conversation during the fellowship with the purpose of engaging broader audiences in their research area including other scholars, students, practitioners and communities.
  • Scholarly Output in the form of a written research paper (max 3000 words), photo essay, journal article, or any other academic equivalent.
  • Discovery Snapshot in the form of a 2 to 4-page visual research summary.
  • Creative Work that translates research findings into clear messages suitable across audiences and is shared publicly, such as a podcast, blog series, short film, data visualization or literary or dramatic work.

Community partners for the 2019 Catalyst Fellowship include:

  • Alberta Health Services
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary
  • Calgary Economic Development
  • Canada Bridges
  • City of Calgary
  • Coalition for Equal Access to Education
  • Southwest Alberta Sustainable Community Initiative
  • Sunalta Community Association
  • Thrive
  • Universal Access

Contact Barb Davies by email at bdavies@mtroyal.ca or come by in person to the Trico Changemakers Studio (EB3013)