Intercollegiate Civil Disagreement Partnership Fellowship

2021-22 Fellowship Deadline EXTENDED! Applications due September 24.

 

The intercollegiate Civil Disagreement Fellowship (ICDP) is our most recent fellowship opportunity for Harvard College undergraduates. The ICDP is a consortium of five colleges and universities in the U.S. committed to reducing polarization by teaching students how to connect across political difference. Eight fellows are selected from each partner school for this mostly remote program in which the Fellows collaborate to develop skills to engage in and facilitate conversations across political differences at their respective universities and beyond. Participants will receive training in facilitation, engage in deliberative conversations within the fellows’ group, and have opportunities to interact with speakers from different sectors. 

Goals

  1. To bring together students from a range of public, private, two-year, and four-year institutions in order to develop their abilities to engage in and lead conversations about difficult, important topics across political difference; 
  2. To strengthen student-led initiatives seeking to reduce polarization on partner institutions’ campuses; 
  3. To contribute to research on important civic indicators like efficacy and engagement by documenting and measuring the effects of the program’s efforts. 

Partnership 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. 

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 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 are required. This year they will be held on Fridays, 12-2pm PST/2-4pm CST/3-5pm EST. (Dates: October 4 OR 8, 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) 

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.  

Total time commitment: approx. 2-3 hours per week, on average. 

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. 

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).  

Some funding is also available to support fellows’ technology needs to participate in the program. 

 

logos of the 5 partner institutions