Intercollegiate Civil Disagreement Fellowship

Intercollegiate Civil Disagreement Partnership Fellowship

Applications for the 2021-22 Cohort are now closed.  Students interested in the program please check back in September.

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) has launched the Intercollegiate Civil Disagreement Partnership (ICDP). This mostly 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).


  • 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 2021-2022 academic year at one of the five sponsoring institutions is required (with eligibility determined by each institution’s enrollment/funding policies).

Program Requirements

  • Regular Sessions: Fellows meetings will be held on Fridays, 12-2pm PST/2-4pm CST/3-5pm EST. (Dates: October 15, 22, and 29, November 5 and 19, December 3, January 17 OR 21, January 28, February 4, 11, and 18, March 4, April 1, 8, 22, and 29).  There will be one pre-meeting with students the week of October 4th.
  • 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  application form available online, which includes the following:

  1. A brief paragraph explaining why you are interested in participating and what skills you hope to gain from the program.
  2. A brief paragraph about your background and/or any experiences you have had that have shaped your perspectives on political issues.
  3. A few discussion topics that you would like to explore during the year-long fellowship.
  4. A resume/CV.

Questions about the program can be sent to Collin Anthony Chen at canthony [at]