Fully Funded MIT D-Lab Innovation Ecosystem Development Scholarship in USA 2023

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

    American Jewish History, American Literature, American Politics, American Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Communication Technologies, Communications and Journalism, Comparative Law, Computer and Information Sciences, Computer Science, Conflict Management, Engineering, Engineering 3-2, Engineering-Related Technologies, English as a Second Language, Environmental Policy, Environmental Policy, Curatorial Studies, Master of Arts in Teaching, Environmental Studies, Fashion Marketing & Management, Film, Finance, Fine Arts, Food Technologies, Foreign Languages, International Relations, Islamic Studies, Journalism, Law, Leadership, Liberal/General Studies, Library & Archival Sciences, Life Sciences, Linguistics, Marine Engineering, Maritime Law, Maritime Studies, Marketing, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Business Administration (MBA), Mathematics, Mechanics and Repairers, Medicine, Metal Mining, Metallurgy, Military Technologies, Minerals Industry, Minority Rights, Music, Natural Disaster Research, Natural Resources and Conservation, Natural Sciences, Optics, Pacific Islands Studies, Paleontology, Parks and Recreation, Peace Studies, Photojournalism, Photonics, Physical Sciences, Physics, Policy Research, Political Science, Precision Production, Psychology, Public Affairs, Public Health, Public Law, Public Policy, Religion/Theology, Security and Protective Services, Social Justice, Social Movements, Social Science, Social Service, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Speech and Debate, Statistics, Tax Law, TESOL, Theater, Translation and Interpretation, U.S. Foreign Policy, Urban Planning, Veterinary Medical Technology, Visual and Performing Arts, Waste Minimization and Management
  • Country of the Scholarship

    United States
  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Ph.D. scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

    $7000 - $9000
  • Type of scholarship administrator

  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

  • Expenses covered

    Monthly subsistence allowance
  • Scholarship Contact Details

    265 Massachusetts Avenue MIT N51 3rd Floor Cambridge, MA 02139 USA

Applications are currently being accepted for the Fully Funded MIT D Lab Innovation Ecosystem Builders Fellowship in USA 2023, eligible individuals are invited to apply for this program.

Calling emerging local leaders from the Global South! Applications are open for the 2022 MIT D-Lab Innovation Ecosystem Builders Fellowship. The MIT D-Lab’s newest fellowship convenes and equips local leaders in low-income communities who are building ecosystems of innovation and entrepreneurship to address local challenges and global.
These innovation ecosystem builders will spend a year learning, connecting, and experimenting, using D-Lab’s participatory design methodology to design and refine collaborative initiatives.

Level: Fellowship

Field: Technology / Innovation / Ecosystem

Eligible Countries: All

To be taken in the UNITED STATES


Between March 2022 and March 2023, the MIT D-Lab will provide groups of fellows from three to five different emerging innovation ecosystems with training, travel, and community so they can:

  • LEARN:  They provide training in our participatory design methodologies and exposure to strategies from around the world to support innovators and entrepreneurs and create systems change.
    • Fellows will receive training in our participatory design methodologies and exposure to relevant research and case studies from around the world to learn from the experience of D-Lab and others in supporting innovators and entrepreneurs and creating systems change.
    • Fellows will teach each other the lessons they have learned from their own work.
    • Together, fellows will generate new ideas, hypotheses, and research questions about creating and sustaining strong innovation ecosystems.
  • CONNECT: Unite groups of fellows from selected innovation ecosystems through in-person and online events, creating a supportive community among them and connecting them with other potential collaborators, mentors, researchers, student interns, service providers, and funders.
    • Fellows will be funded to meet in person two to three times during the year and will connect with each other online throughout the fellowship year, forming a community of support for one another.
    • Fellows will test new strategies to engage a variety of local stakeholders in the design and delivery of their programs.
    • Fellows will also be connected with potential collaborators, mentors, researchers, student interns, service providers, and funders.
  • EXPERIMENT: They offer guidance and funding to help Fellows test their new collaborative programs and initiative ideas, and we adjust our own programming to meet Fellows’ needs.
    • Fellows will put their new design and collaboration skills and new ideas to work, working together within their ecosystem teams and leading them to design low-cost pilots to engage potential users and partners, test assumptions, collect user feedback and refine their designs.
    • Fellows will receive guidance and small amounts of program funding to support these experiments.
    • Fellows will also gain and receive feedback and support from their cohorts and mentors over the course of their design iterations.


They are looking for candidates whose programs/organizations/initiatives/companies are:

  • Dedicated to training, funding, resources, networking, or serving local innovators and entrepreneurs*
  • Based in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, East Asia, and the Pacific
  • Work with communities or in contexts where people earn on average less than $3 USD per day
  • Committed to social impact and inclusive innovation and design.
  • at least two years
  • Have a proven business model or secured funding to cover core operations for at least 50% of the scholarship year

They are looking for single individuals who are:

  • In positions with decision-making authority and implementation responsibility over programming and budgeting for their program/initiative
  • Committed to collaborating with a variety of people within their ecosystem.
  • Excited to learn and develop new techniques and methodologies to build their innovation ecosystem.
  • Prepared to commit time and resources to start new programs or change existing programs over the course of the next year
  • Live at least part-time in the context in which they work.
  • Committed to continuing working within the same innovation ecosystem that you have now for at least two years after the fellowship closes.

*Examples of initiatives, programs, and organizations focused on applicants’ current ecosystems could include:

  • educational institutions and programs
  • incubators and accelerators
  • Coworking spaces, maker spaces, and fab labs.
  • public and private sector funders
  • Government and NGO development programs.
  • Distributors of impact-oriented products and resellers.
  • Online networks and work-sharing platforms.
  • advocacy organizations or campaigns

Evaluation criteria

Information requests will be evaluated by the Innovation Ecosystem Manager, D-Lab staff, and representatives of collaborator initiatives at MIT and elsewhere. Applications will be weighed based on the following criteria:

The ecosystem

  • Strategic coherence with the work of D-Lab and partners.
  • Number and diversity of strong applications
  • growth potential

Peer initiative

  • Alignment with fellowship goals.
  • Demonstrated impact
  • Ability to collaborate / greater impact.

The partner

  • Leadership.
  • dedication to the community
  • Enthusiasm for the approach

Deadline: December 18, 2022

Please complete the online Information Request by 9 AM EST, Monday, December 18, 2022, and encourage others who support innovators and entrepreneurs in your community to do the same.

Applicant pools from a few well-represented emerging ecosystems will be invited to submit full applications in February 2022. A final cohort of fellows from three to five ecosystems will be chosen that month.

For more information visit the  MIT D-Lab Innovation Ecosystem Builders Fellowship.

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