We can strengthen democracy — together.

The future of our democracy is at risk.

The growing divisiveness in the United States is palpable and alarming, fueled by disinformation and distrust. Americans are drawing battle lines online, at school board meetings in our hometowns, and in the treasured halls of our nation’s Capitol.

We can strengthen democracy for the long haul if we develop a critical mass of young people who are civically well-informed, productively engaged for the common good, and hopeful about the future of our republic.

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

With over 75 years of unrivaled expertise, a diverse network of funders and practitioners, and 27,000 world-leading Fellows, we unite people across the left, right, and center to create an effective citizenry—together.

Applications for the Newcombe, Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders, and Women's Studies Fellowships are now open.

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How We Do It

Fellowships

We invest in the most promising people across the left, right, and center who have the potential to effect transformative civic change.

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Initiatives

We connect and convene networks of unlikely allies to tackle the most pressing civic education and engagement challenges.

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Civic Venture Accelerator

We identify and accelerate breakthrough ideas that accelerate youth civic development at scale.

How it Works

Every person has a role to play to strengthen democracy.

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Help us invest in the diverse talent, ideas, and networks that will develop young people as effective, lifelong citizens.

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Civic Learning Resources

Developing youth as effective, lifelong citizens is a journey from adolescence through early adulthood and must reach beyond the walls of a classroom.

Our Civic Learning Resource Hub is a one-stop-shop of the best reports, research, white papers, and other resources to build the civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions of young people. Curated from our ideologically-diverse network of practitioners, these resources aim to develop young people as effective, lifelong citizens.

Civic Learning Resources

Civic learning really speaks to the power of blending information and action. Making sure that we are really well-informed and seeking out the knowledge that we need and then also translating that into action.

Sadie Bograd
Sadie Bograd Sadie Bograd, 2020 Civic Spring Fellow

Making Democracy Work

C&S Fellow Dr. Andrew Perrin on the structures of belief and the sense of belonging and connection that make democracy more durable.

Making Democracy Work

New Research: Growing Voters

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The Co-Creation Generation

New report from Civic Spring Fellows on how to engage young people in the design of civic development programs.

Co-Creation Generation

Diverse Leaders Working Across Divides

Over 75 years, Citizens & Scholars has attained unrivaled expertise, experience, data, and a network of funders and practitioners across the ideological spectrum, including 27,000 world-leading Fellows from a multitude of fields.

Our diverse network unites the boldest innovators across education, business, philanthropy, community institutions, media, and government. Sitting at this essential intersection, Citizens & Scholars attracts the ideas, funding, and talent that will ignite the revitalization of our democracy.

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Meet The Fellows

From high school students to classroom teachers to Nobel Laureates, we invest in visionary people with diverse ideas that will strengthen democracy for the long haul.

Our Fellows

The Fellow Network

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27K

Visionary thinkers of all ages and fields in our Fellow community

22

Pulitzer Prize recipients

44

MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipients

100+

College and University presidents

Educating for Democracy Since 1945

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.

Today, we’re on a mission to ensure that a majority of Americans get the foundational experiences needed to become effective citizens.

Our Approach