Intercollegiate Civil Disagreement Partnership Fellowship
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. Application cycle for the 2021-22 academic year will begin September 2021. Please check back for exact deadline.
A consortium of ethics centers from five institutions (St. Philip’s College, San Antonio, TX; Santa Fe College, Gainesville, FL; Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; California State University, Bakersfield, CA; Stanford University, Stanford, CA) have launched the Intercollegiate Civil Disagreement Partnership (ICDP). This fully remote program enables the undergraduate cohort of fellows from the five institutions to collaborate on developing skills to engage and facilitate conversations across political differences at their respective universities and beyond. Participants receive training in facilitation, engage in deliberative conversations within the fellows group, and have opportunities to interact with speakers from different sectors. Students who are selected as ICDP Fellows receive a $1,000 honorarium for their year-long participation (disbursed on a schedule set by students’ home institution). Some funding is also available to support fellows’ technology needs to participate in the program.
- Undergraduates from all concentrations and political ideologies are encouraged to apply.
- Willingness to engage in dialogue with others across a diversity of opinions and experiences is essential.
- An interest in learning how to lead productive and enriching conversations across a diversity of opinions and experiences is essential.
- Part- or full-time enrollment as an undergraduate during the 2020-2021 academic year at one of the five sponsoring institutions is required (with eligibility determined by each institution’s enrollment/funding policies).
- Training Sessions: Students are required to attend two initial facilitation training sessions in early October. Subsequently, Fellows will convene approximately once every three weeks for additional training sessions, events, and facilitated conversations over the course of the academic year.
- Regular Sessions: Fellows meetings will be held on Fridays at 12pm PST/2pm CST/3pm EST.
- Time commitment: approx. 2-3 hours per week, on average.
- Events: Students are also required to attend an all-Fellows event (via Zoom) each term. Additionally, Fellows will choose two events to attend per term from the public programming offered by the partnering institutions.
The Cohort Experience
In addition to acquiring real-world skills to become practitioners in facilitating civil disagreement, Fellows will have special opportunities to interact with the community of scholars connected to the ICDP. Fellows will also have access to a wide range of additional online programming offered by the five partner institutions throughout the academic year in support of their academic, professional, and personal development.
How to Apply
Students interested in this program should complete the online application form available here, which includes the following:
- A brief paragraph explaining why you are interested in participating and what skills you hope to gain from the program.
- A brief paragraph about your background and/or any experiences you have had that have shaped your perspectives on political issues.
- A few discussion topics that you would like to explore during the year-long fellowship.
- A resume/CV.