Deadline: February 15, 2020
The Learning Sciences Exchange (LSX) is open for applications. The LSX is a ground-breaking, two-year fellowship for mid-career professionals who are interested in a challenging cross-sector experience to take their work to new levels. The program’s goal is to help experts across sectors learn how to share crucial insights from the learning sciences with parents, educators, practitioners, and the broader public to positively affect children and families’ lives.
LSX Fellows will have the unique opportunity to learn from deep discussions with each other and with experts in a cross-section of fields while simultaneously exploring exciting issues at the intersections of science, social entrepreneurship, journalism, entertainment, and policy.
LSX Fellows will work in teams on projects that cross boundaries, attend workshops and conferences on the science of learning, and work on concrete deliverables such as blog posts and op-eds. The ideal LSX Fellows candidate will be already engaged in projects related to early child development and learning.
The LSX Fellows’ first meeting is on June 16-17 in Washington, DC at the LSX Summit, an event that will showcase the work of the current class of LSX Fellows. At the culmination of the fellowship in June 2022, the new class of LSX Fellows will showcase their work at a second LSX Summit.
The LSX is a partnership of the International Congress of Infant Studies, New America, and the Jacobs Foundation.
- Each fellow will receive a $5000 stipend
- All travel costs covered for conferences and meetings.
- (In addition to the meeting at SRCD 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA, and the LSX Summits in 2020 and 2022 in Washington, DC, at least one other meeting will be held at the Jacobs Foundation in Zurich, Switzerland).
Fellows will need to attend at least five meetings:
- June 16-17, 2020 in Washington, DC: LSX Summit #1. (Also: all are invited to participate in an accompanying SRCD workshop on effective science communication on June 18.)
- Fall 2020 in Zurich, Switzerland: A two-day workshop and team-building meeting
- April 8-10 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota: A two-day workshop and conference sessions at the Society for Research in Child Development biennial meeting
- Fall 2021 at location TBD: Workshop and team-building meeting
- June 2022 in Washington, DC: LSX Summit #2
- LSX Fellows candidates should be mid-career and experienced enough in their own fields to understand the value of seeking out new opportunities for collaboration and communication of ideas in different sectors.
- They are seeking candidates who are well positioned to bring new insights back to their respective fields while also helping to advance interdisciplinary approaches to communicating and applying the science of learning and development.
They are looking for individuals in five categories. Fifteen fellows will be chosen, three from each of the five sectors (learning science, social entrepreneurship, journalism, entertainment, and policy) across North America and Europe:
- Scientists on the cusp of new discoveries in child development
- Social impact entrepreneurs in the field of early childhood seeking to learn more about society’s critical needs for improving the lives of all young children
- Journalists seeking the next big story in early learning
- Entertainment producers or game developers who want to gain a deeper understanding of how children learn and develop
- Early education policy influencers who design systems for educators to help young children thrive
LSX Fellowship applicants are asked to submit
- short personal statements on the assets they bring (200 words) and what they hope to gain (200 words);
- a description of a particular area of study or project they would like to embark upon (100 words);
- a résumé or CV; and
- a list of previous projects, published articles, or a video describing their work.
If an applicant is selected for the short list, they will request references.
For more information, visit LSX Fellowship.