New Polish PhD Program In Social Innovation

09.09.2013 Blog

This blogpost was written by Witold Kwasnicki.

A new Doctoral Research Scholarship Program, called PhD in "Shipyard” ("PhDo w Stoczni", in Polish) is a joint initiative of The Polish-American Freedom Foundation (PAFF) and The Unit for Social Innovation and Research, “Shipyard”.

The program aims to encourage students to continue their education at the third level (studying for a PhD), and aims to actively participate in the development of the next generation of scientists interested in solving social problems. A distinguished feature of the program is that fellows will develop their scientific interests in the Unit for Social Innovation and Research “Shipyard”, which aims to foster a combination of scientific research and practical social activity.

The founder of the program is PAFF. The annual scholarship in the program is PLN 18,000 (roughly 4300 Euro). The scholarship aims to support scientific and practical skills, and is an opportunity to improve knowledge of practical research skills and project implementation.

Fellows will participate in the implementation of one or more research projects of their choice from the list of current and future focal activities of “The Shipyard”. 

It is noteworthy for European Social Innovation Research (ESIR) that one of the leading areas of PhD theses will be Social Innovation. In particular, themes will include the search for models to generate, promote and stimulate social innovation as well as working out the methods of diffusion (spread) of Social Innovation (convergence and learning of institutions - including public institutions and their networks).

The other areas of PhD research able to be completed within the program are:

Civic Participation (e.g., issues related to the participatory budget, models of Participatory Budget in Poland, Participatory Budget as a tool of  long-term transport policy)

Volunteer Activity (support schemes for volunteering,  mechanisms of activation of volunteers, measurement of efficiency volunteers activities)

Local Development (index of a good community, that is, the search for alternative, holistic and multi-dimensional parameterization of the quality of the local community)

Convergence of the World Of Science and Social Activity (new types of educational institutions;  new models of the functioning of universities and institutions of their environment - including para-academic institutions, think tanks and do- tanks and new models of education), models to measure the social costs and benefits (such as Social Return on Investment) to allow comparison of results of social projects, especially where it is impossible to apply directly market assessment parameters such as profitability.

More information is available here.

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