Update (8/24/2020): The compiled list of PSP scholar contact information is available here.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced organizations to modify their operations and programming. This unprecedented global health event altered intentions and plans in unpredictable ways. As in every programming decision that we have made since March, our priority is public health and safety. As we enter the sixth month of this coronavirus emergency and look to our elected officials and public health experts for continued guidance, we recognize that we have a long way to go before we return to our pre-COVID-19 lives.
Our mission remains the same, however some of our programming is changing in response to the ongoing challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
1. We are discontinuing the Public Scholars Project program for the foreseeable future. All programs scheduled for 2020 should be considered cancelled and no other programs will be scheduled. Over the past several months, we thoroughly investigated transitioning this programming to an online format. In a decision that was not reached lightly, we concluded that it was not possible to take this program online equitably and uniformly . Instead, we are currently working towards announcing new programming initiatives that will serve our partner and host organizations and that will roll out later in the year. We will refund any PSP that was booked in 2020 and did not take place before our March shutdown. We will be contacting PSP host sites to initiate the refunds. Also, we will be compiling a list of PSP scholar contact information and sharing that information with our program partners so scholars can be contacted directly about programming if hosts would like to make arrangements themselves for non-NJCH-sponsored programs.
2. We anticipate offering Incubation and Action Grant funding in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. We will be sharing information about this soon, including several grant guidelines updates.
We would like to thank our PSP host sites and scholars for their support and patience during this challenging time. As we move forward, we will continue to share program information and updates on our digital platforms. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us.