Frequently Asked Questions

If you have additional questions not answered below, please ask them during the following office hours. Click the time to join the call:

General Inquries

  • Q: What is civic learning?

    A: Civic learning is the system by which we develop as citizens, most especially our young people, to be well-informed, productively engaged, and committed to democracy. Civic learning goes far beyond the classroom; it takes place after school, on the sports field, at summer camp, online, at work, between peers, and at home. 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 use their personal and professional expertise to support 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 5 hours per week to working with Fellows.

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

    A: Civic Spring will include opportunities to engage in weekly Communities of Practice; a larger meeting series meant for Fellows, coaches, and others engaged in this work. These will be chances 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?

    Click here to find the full 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 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 Civic Spring 2020, 2022 and Winter 2023 grant recipients apply for the Summer 2024 program?

    Unfortunately, no, but we will have opportunities to engage previous Civic Spring grantees in both the Summer 2024 program and the Civic Spring National Network.  

  • Q: Will Fellows be compensated for their work?

    Yes; Team Members will be provided a stipend of $1,800. Team Leads will be provided a stipend of $4,000 (which will be split for co-leads).

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

    A: Please send your questions via email to first. We will have opportunities to speak with our program staff during May.