Academic Scholarship Program for Social and Digital Innovators from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia
(September 2013 – September 2014)
Social Innovation in a Digital Context (SIDC) is a one year academic scholarship program with practical and theoretical components focused on the relationship between digital technology and socio-political change, and how change makers can harness this relationship to build better societies.
The programme is carried out in cooperation with Lund University.
SIDC focuses on the relationship between digital technology and socio-political change, and how change makers can harness this relationship to build better societies. It contains both practical and theoretical components and is designed to support social and digital innovators to pursue work in the fields of digital technology, new media, and social and political change.
The aim of the programme is for participants to develop creative and viable individual projects that help strengthen human rights and democracy building in their home countries, as well as boosting understanding of the use of digital tools for sociopolitical change.
Who can apply?
Innovators from the Middle East, North Africa or South Asia that want to engage in innovative project work can apply to SIDC. You should have an existing outreach platform in your home country and want to bring a project proposal from idea to reality or want to further develop an existing project. The project should be directly connected to your home context and be based on the work and movements that you're engaged in, as well as your personal skills. It is important that the project is tied to digitalization/digital technology to some extent.
For this year's programme we are particularly looking for applicants with knowledge of and skills in computer technology and Internet security. You might for example have a background in law, IT, entrepreneurship, sociology or political science. The aim is to recruit individuals from a broad range of disciplines, professions, and backgrounds and it is important that you both have academic competence as well as practical skills.
SIDC suits innovators who intend to return home upon completion of the programme and launch the projects they have developed in Sweden in their home environments.
Deadline for applications: March 20th, 2013
Further Details: www.si.se/sidc