Intercollegiate Civil Disagreement Fellowship

Applications for the 2023-24 Cohort are now closed.   Please check back in the Fall of 2024.

The Intercollegiate Civil Disagreement Partnership (ICDP) is a consortium of five colleges and universities located throughout the United States. The mission of the ICDP is to advance fundamental democratic commitments to freedom of expression, equality, and agency; develop students’ skills to facilitate conversations across political difference; and create spaces for civil disagreement to flourish on college campuses. 

The core of the ICDP is a cross-institutional fellowship that brings together students from a range of public, private, two-year, and four-year institutions. The fellowship develops students' abilities to engage in and lead conversations about difficult, important topics across political difference at their respective universities and beyond. Eight fellows are selected from each partner school.  Fellows will receive training in facilitation, engage in deliberative conversations within the fellows’ group, and have opportunities to interact with speakers from different sectors. 

Partner Institutions 

  • St. Philips College, San Antonio, TX 
  • California State University at Bakersfield, CA 
  • Santa Fe College, Gainesville, FL 
  • Stanford University, Stanford, CA 
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 

Organization 

As its name suggests, the ICDP is truly a partnership. Leadership of the program is distributed among its members equally, with primary contacts at each school working in concert to plan, adapt, and execute a collaborative vision of the program. But, unique to our program, the commitment to reducing polarization and empowering students to reach across political difference is anchored in existing organizations on campus. The ICDP reflects an awareness that we can be more effective together than on our own. 

The partner institutions are intentionally and purposefully diverse. They include a mix of public and private institutions; two-year and four-year institutions; a historically Black college with a strong focus on education for military veterans; those that are primarily Hispanic-serving; and two institutions known for high research activity. In its first year, the program has accepted eight fellows from each of the five participating institutions, for a total of 40 student fellows. 

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. 

Eligibility

  • 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 viewpoints.
  • Part- or full-time enrollment as an undergraduate during the 2022-2023 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 are required. This year they will be held on Fridays, 12-2pm PST/2-4pm CST/3-5pm 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.

Funding Awards 

Students who are selected as ICDP Fellows will receive a $1,000 honorarium for their year-long participation (disbursed on a schedule set by students’ home institution).  

How to Apply

Students interested in this program should complete an online application, 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] stanford.edu (canthony[at]stanford[dot]edu)