Fellowships & Ventures

The Institute for Citizens & Scholars is the only organization working to connect the dots between civic knowledge, actions, and attitudes, inside and outside the classroom. We use a cross-partisan approach to bring communities, leaders, scholars, and practitioners together.

Our current work is focused on young people, adult civic leaders, and the field of civic learning.

Civic Learning Field

Civic Learning Research fundamentally rethinks how we prepare young people to be productive lifelong citizens. Informed by the groundbreaking whitepaper, From Civic Education to a Civic Learning Ecosystem, C&S is looking beyond the high school civics class to all the places and ways young people build their civic capacities.

Career Enhancement Fellowship seeks to increase the presence of minority junior faculty members and other faculty members committed to eradicating racial disparities in core fields in the arts and humanities.

Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowship supports the final year of work on Ph.D. dissertations dealing with ethical or religious values in fields across the humanities and social sciences.

Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders Award frees the time of junior faculty so that they can both engage in and build support systems, networks, and affinity groups that make their fields and campuses more inclusive.

Mellon Programs & Grants offers support for graduate students, faculty members, and professionals who previously participated in the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowships.

WW Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies supports original, significant, interdisciplinary doctoral dissertations on women’s issues.

WW Teaching Fellowship recruits and prepares the nation’s best and brightest recent graduates and career changers with STEM backgrounds to teach in middle and high school science and math classrooms.


Brewer Fellowship to Unite Americasupports cross-partisan leaders in the democracy reform movement to build a political system that functions for all Americans.

Higher Ed Media Fellowship increases the number of journalists with the tools and networks to provide richer and more comprehensive coverage of postsecondary education, particularly career and technical education.

Higher Ed Policy Fellowship fosters trust-based collaboration between a network of informed top-level leaders who create thoughtful and innovative change in higher education and education policy.


Civic Spring Projects are youth-led community initiatives that bolster civic knowledge, while also driving local policy change, increased voter registration, and trust in institutions.

State-Based Civic Strength Pilot Projects coordinate and facilitate alignment among in-state stakeholders to position civic-ready states as early leaders in rebuilding state civic health.

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