General Inquries

  • Q: What is civic learning?

    A: Civic learning recognizes that preparing a young person to be a successful citizen in our democratic society requires a long-term, multidimensional approach, and one that includes not only transmitting civic knowledge but also practicing civic skills and encouraging civic dispositions. Critical civic learning goes far beyond the K–12 classroom. It takes place after school, on the sports field, at summer camp, online, and of course, at home. Civic learning is the system by which we can develop our citizens, most especially our young people, to be well-informed, productively engaged, and hopeful about democracy. To learn more, check out our paper, From Civic Education to a Civic Learning Ecosystem.

  • Q: Why is the grant called the Civic Spring Fellowship?

    A: The concept of the Civic Spring Fellowship was developed in Spring 2020 when the team at Citizens & Scholars recognized a unique opportunity to leverage the “out-of-school space” to help young people grow their civic skills and interact with people from diverse backgrounds and beliefs in the era of a historic pandemic. C&S (Citizens & Scholars) brought together a skilled and diverse task force to set the groundwork for the first Civic Spring Project. The project was named Civic Spring to represent the opportunity to connect communities in need of creative solutions to urgent problems with young people seeking to make a difference.

  • Q: What is the purpose of the Civic Spring Fellowship?

    A: To support young people in addressing an urgent need by combining the development of civic knowledge, -skills, and dispositions, while engaging in a community-based project.

  • Q: What is a Civic Spring Coach?

    A: Civic Spring Coaches are young people and adults who will use their personal and professional expertise to meet weekly with Civic Spring Fellows. Coaches have a commitment to youth engagement and leadership, an interest in intergenerational work, and an openness to working across ideological divides. Coaches dedicate approximately 3-4 hours per week to working with Fellows.

  • Q: What is the Civic Spring Fellowship Community of Practice?

    A: In addition to weekly meetings with Fellows and Coaches, Civic Spring will include opportunities to engage in Communities of Practice; a larger meeting series meant for Fellows, coaches, and others engaged in the work. These will be opportunities to dive into constructive conversations across ideological differences; discuss project implementation issues; and network with peers while strengthening your ability to apply the civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions developed during Civic Spring.

  • Q: I am undocumented. Am I/are we able to apply?

    A: Yes.

  • Q: I do not have access to a bank account – will I be able to receive my stipend?

    A: Yes.

  • Q: Where do I find the eligibility requirements?

  • Q: I/we meet most of the eligibility requirements but not all. Should I/we apply?

    A: No. Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements to be considered for the grant. Click here for the Arizona eligibility requirements.

  • Q: I would like to talk to someone about eligibility. How do I get in contact with someone?

    A: Please review the eligibility requirements and send specific questions to We will do our best to respond within 2 business days.

  • Q: Can CSF 2020 and 2022 grant recipients apply for the 2023 Civic Spring Fellowship?

    A: Unfortunately, no, but we will have opportunities to engage 2020/2022 CSF grantees and organizations in both the 2023 Civic Spring Fellowship and the Civic Spring National Network.

  • Q: Will Fellows be compensated for their work?

    A: Yes; Fellows will be provided a stipend of $1,800 and have the opportunity to learn and strengthen their civic knowledge and skills and engage with a network of young people and others working in civic spaces and beyond. Fellows will also have the chance to engage with Fellows from other prestigious Citizens & Scholars programs.

  • Q: If I want to work with a partner or small team, does this mean we have to split the $1,800 or do we each get a stipend?

    A: Each young person is responsible for their own participation/project and will receive an $1,800 stipend so long as the work and requirements are completed.

  • Q: I have questions about the Civic Spring Fellowship. Is it possible to schedule a brief call with someone on your team?

    A: Please send your questions via email to first. We will have opportunities to speak with our program staff during November. We intend to publish all submitted questions with answers so that multiple applicants can receive consistent answers. If you have a question, we are pretty sure that others are asking the same thing!