We can save our democracy and strengthen it for the long haul—together. 

The Institute for Citizens & Scholars cultivates talent, ideas, and networks that develop effective, lifelong citizens.

We’re on a mission to ensure that Americans everywhere are well-informed, productively engaged for the common good, and hopeful about democracy.

Focus Areas

From our beginnings as the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation in 1945, and now as Citizens & Scholars, we have prepared new generations of American citizenry by opening doors to higher education, supporting more than 27,000 visionary thinkers, scholars, and teachers, and creating the thoughtful space for innovation.


We work inside and outside the classroom to help young people build civic knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will make them impactful citizens.


We support and incentivize adult civic leaders in education, policy, and business to prioritize developing young people as effective citizens.


We build the field of civic learning, partnering with diverse scholars, practitioners, business leaders, philanthropists, and policymakers.

Advancing Fellowship since 1945

For more than 75 years, we have attained unrivaled expertise, experience, data, and a cross-partisan network of funders and practitioners, including 27,000 world-leading Fellows from a multitude of fields.

Our Community of Fellows and Practitioners Includes:

16 Nobel Laureates

22 Pulitzer Prize Recipients

27 Presidential and National Medalists

44 MacArthur “Genius Grants” Recipients

100+ College and University Presidents

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We believe every person has a role to play to create the future of our country.

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Join the team! C&S is seeking a Senior Director, Individual Giving (PDF).