Scholarships: Georgetown University Summer Workshop

Improving Outcomes for Vulnerable Populations: How Can Innovation Expand Health, Education, and Economic Inclusion?

The Georgetown University Santander Partnership on Social Economy is accepting applications for a multi-disciplinary workshop regarding the key trends affecting social and economic inclusion.

Program dates: July 14 – 28, 2018

Students will learn from thought leaders representing diverse institutional perspectives, including academia, policymaking, non-profits, and private enterprise. Within this framework, students will examine emerging technological, commercial, and policy innovations designed to increase access to economic, health, and education opportunities.

Two key themes of the seminar include:

  1. The ways in which the “digital revolution” is changing the nature of opportunities for marginalized populations, and
  2. The role of social enterprises in bridging gaps not covered by traditional public or private models.

Students should expect an interactive and practical learning environment that draws on real-world applications of innovation in addition to classroom-based lectures. Students will gain exposure to policy and practice by connecting to a network of researchers, practitioners, financiers, and policymakers. Cultural activities will complement learning goals of the seminars and allow participants to explore Washington, D.C.

Each university is invited to nominate two (2) candidates for consideration. Successful applicants will be:

  • Undergraduate and graduate students from the following areas of knowledge: social sciences, history, law, business, technology, engineering, computer science, biomedical sciences, and physical sciences;
  • Fluent in English, both speaking and writing; proficiency level expected
  • 21 years of age by the start of the workshop
  • Eligible for a tourist visa to the United States.

The Georgetown University Santander Partnership will cover all of the workshop costs, including room and board. The student is responsible for air and ground transportation to the Georgetown University and travel medical insurance, which is required to participate. In addition, the Partnership will provide logistical assistance and instructions for the visa-application process if necessary, as well as the requirements for health insurance while participating in the workshop.

Application

Round 1 - selection of nominees

The International Office at Universidad ORT Uruguay is going to pre-select two (2) candidates based on the quality of the materials listed below, as well as their grade point average. The applications must include:

  1. The candidate’s Curriculum Vitae, including current email address, level of English,
    previous as well as current course(s) of study with anticipated completion dates.
  2. An essay (in English) not to exceed 500 words, on the following topic: In every society, there are challenges that relate to inclusion for marginalized groups. They have limited access to opportunities related to health, education, and economic empowerment. Describe an example of a challenge of limited social inclusion that you have observed, and discuss an idea that holds promise for addressing the challenge.
  3. Proof of English proficiency. A specific certificate is not needed, but an advanced level of at least C1 is required. All candidates who do not submit an official certificate will be tested during the selection process.

Applicants should submit their materials as PDF documents to: relint@ort.edu.uy before February 1, 2018.

The International Office at Universidad ORT Uruguay is going to run interviews and English tests (if applicable) with the most qualified candidates between February 5-9, 2018.

Round 2 - final application to the Georgetown University Summer Workshop

The pre-selected candidates will be nominated for consideration and must submit their application materials, as well as one letter of recommendation in English from a university professor, who has taught the applicant, to the International Office at Universidad ORT Uruguay by February 21, 2018.

Finalists may be asked to participate in a Skype interview the last two weeks of March with members of the Georgetown University Santander Steering Committee. This Committee will make the final selection of the 24 students who will comprise the workshop cohort and participants will be notified on April 1st 2018 via email.

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