Social Change Scholarships

Psychology and technology for humanity

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
SUMMER 2020

Deadline: 19 May 2020 at 23:59 EST
Priority Focus: Public health behavior change
Scholarships: 5

We are proud to announce the launch of our 5th scholarship program that’s dedicated to tackling the global COVID-19 pandemic. 

WHAT IS COVERED
Our scholarship program covers the tuition fee for our full training system, which includes over 25-hours of online lessons, 12-hours of LIVE tutorials on the digital behavioral design process, certification and training resources. The scholarships are for our 8-week summer term, from Jun 25 to Aug 20. Dr. Cugelman will also provide additional coaching, feedback, and advisory support to anyone working specifically on COVID-19 applications. 

FOCUS:  BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE FOR PUBLIC HEALTH
This scholarship round is focused on online behavioral interventions that can help tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. With no vaccine to prevent its spread, and no cure to save the worst infected, all of humanity is in a dilemma.

Though the death rate may not scare the average person, the death rate for vulnerable populations is terrifying for anyone in those populations. Older persons, those with diabetes, heart conditions, males, and anyone with a chronic condition is at a far higher risk of experiencing extreme symptoms, permanent damage, and death. 

The strategy employed by most nations is to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the point where medical staff can treat those who need critical care. When the virus spreads within hospital capacity, deaths are minimized. However, the moment COVID-19 spreads to a wide portion of any population, hospitals become overrun and the death rate soars. 

Digital behavioral science has a key role to play in our global response. Getting people to respect quarantine, keep space, minimize contact, and many other behaviors can keep the spread at manageable levels. 

We do not want to be remembered by future generations as those who in their time as custodians of the world, sacrificed their elderly and frail for GDP.

Not many people know it, but in AlterSpark’s first 3-4 years of training it taught two courses: one on digital health behavior change and the other on commercial applications. In fact, Dr. Cugelman’s early research was published in the world’s top e-health scientific journal. 

However, for financial reasons, we were forced to focus on the commercial applications. We no longer offer digital health training at AlterSpark, however, Dr. Cugelman still teaches this subject in the Faculty of Health at York University. 

Through 10-years of teaching this subject, we’ve developed innovative training methods that we are glad to share with changemakers who are working to build a better world and make an impact on COVID-19.

QUALIFICATION CRITERIA
To qualify, applicants must be pursuing activities that blend digital interventions with health behavior change that contribute to the current pandemic response. When applying for the scholarship, applicants must provide a plausible explanation on how their work contributes to the global COVID-19 response and how our training will help them increase their impact. 

The impact focus listed in this announcement supersedes “criteria 1” in our general scholarship criteria. All other criteria remain the same. 

These scholarships are open to students, academics, innovators, volunteers, anyone working in health promotion, its delivery, or the broader health sector.  

HOW TO APPLY
To apply, submit your application through the form listed on the AlterSpark website. The qualification criteria in this announcement supersedes criteria 1 of the general program.  
https://www.alterspark.com/enrollment/scholarships

Social Change Scholarships

Psychology and technology for humanity

Our popular workshops on digital psychology grew out of scientific research on using technology to promote public health, safety, environmental protection, and social development.

However, to build a successful training academy, we needed to diversify our training and support professionals in all industries, not just those working for mission-driven organizations.

To ensure that our digital psychology education contributes towards positive social change, we run a periodic scholarship program where we give away educational scholarships to qualifying changemakers.

These go to change-makers who are using digital media for social good.

If you wish to apply for one of our scholarships and attend our 8-week online training course free of charge, please ensure you meet the qualification criteria and complete the application form.

What is covered by the scholarship

The current scholarship covers our full online training system, which includes the courses, Psychology for Digital Behavior Change [DBC] and Emotional Design Psychology and Neuroscience [EDP].

Online scholarships cover 2-years of access to our online lessons and access to our 8-week online LIVE tutorial sessions. Classroom scholarships cover 5-days of full-time education.

The scholarship includes the option to complete our certification tests for the Digital Behavior Change Certificate (DBCC), the Emotional Design Psychology Certificate (EDPC), and the Digital Behavioral Design Certificate (DBDC).

The cost covered by this program is $798.00 for online scholarships and $1,248.00 for classroom scholarships. This scholarship does not cover expenses beyond the tuition fee.

Qualification criteria

To qualify, you must provide evidence that your work, education, or career path meets the following criteria. Specific scholarships may contain a unique focus that supersedes the following criteria. See the scholarship announcement for the most recent details.

Criteria 1. Contribute to one of these impact areas

Inclusion criteria: You must make the case that our training has the potential to help you make a greater impact on the world, via technology, within our four impact areas:

  • Social development
  • Environmental protection
  • Public health
  • Public safety

Exclusion criteria: Non-qualifying impact areas include work to propagate ideological views serving partisan interest groups, including political parties, spiritual organizations, or any advocacy that includes the dissemination of ideologies that advocate inequality, intolerance, unhealthy lifestyles, violence, or anti-environmental policies.

Criteria 2. Focus on using technology to facilitate social change

Inclusion criteria: You must be using digital media or technology as a tool to help your change-making work. Qualifying digital media includes anything via the web, such as websites, social media, mobile apps, wearable tech, and just about anything that constitutes interactive technology.

Exclusion criteria:  Non-qualifying uses of interactive technologies include work that is primarily aimed at marketing or selling products or services for profit. If you come from a B-Corp or social enterprise, for-profit applications are permissible, provided this work is part of a formal social enterprise business, in which case proof of social enterprise status is required.

Criteria 3. Meet our 4 organizational criteria

Inclusion criteria: You must be associated with one of the following qualifying organization, and apply with an email address from that organization:

  • Non-profit organization: You must be associated with an organization that is officially registered as non-profit organization
  • Students: You must be officially registered with an accredited University, at the Masters level or higher.
  • Social enterprise: You must be a certified B-Corp or have evidence to support your claim that your organization qualifies as a social enterprise.
  • Member of CSI: If you are a member of the Center for Social Innovation in Toronto or New York City, you or your organization automatically qualify. We started at CSI, and became the first member of both CSI offices in Canada and USA.

Exclusion criteria: Non-qualifying organizations include businesses, commercial enterprises, and some borderline cases such as the corporate philanthropy departments within corporations.

Scholarship rules

To increase your chances of winning, please follow our scholarship rules:

  • Applications received after the application deadline will not be considered, so be sure to apply on time.
  • Each person can only apply for this scholarship once per scholarship season. In other words, people can only submit once per scholarship. However, they can apply to subsequent scholarships. 
  • Applicants cannot apply for an award they already won. But they can apply for a new scholarship, focused on a new course.
  • Each application must be original and cannot include standard text that was copied and shared by a team. Each member of a team can apply, provided each applicant authors an original application relevant to their particular learning needs, work and aspirations. 
  • You must use your institutional email address, and it must match the website of the institution you are applying on behalf of. We cannot accept applications from generic email addresses, such as Gmail, Hotmail, etc…
  • Tickets are non-transferable and cannot be sold. Any ticket that is discovered to be transferred or sold will be disqualified.
  • Any applications that is discovered to contain false information may be disqualified at any time, and in the future. The next runner up will receive the scholarship.
  • In the event that we need to postpone or change the class date, the winner will have the option to take the next training date or attend any alternative in the future.
  • By applying, you authorize AlterSpark to list your name, institution, digital media work, and how your work is contributing to a better world.

 What if I already have a ticket

If you have already purchased a ticket, you can still apply. We believe that it’s counter productive to offer competing incentives. For this reason, we don’t want to stop anyone from taking advantage of our early registration offers in the hopes of winning a ticket. So if you have paid for our training, but also gain a scholarship, we will provide you the option of taking a full refund.

How our selection process works

Our selection criteria is simple: we want to see that you are passionate about this subject and that our training will help you build a better world.

  1. We will randomly draw the number of qualifying candidates.
  2. Next, we’ll assess the selected candidate to ensure they match our qualification criteria.
  3. Those who fail to pass our criteria (listed above) are instantly disqualified, and the next runner-up will be assessed. Please ensure that you provide all the necessary evidence.
  4. Those who meet our qualification criteria will win a scholarship.
  5. Finally, we’ll send the winner an access code to claim their scholarship.

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Meet our scholarship alumni  

Our scholarship alumni have been using technology for public health, childhood education, malnutrition, volunteering, disabilities, gender equality, environmental protection, social development, and various research topics. Read about their work here: