Thank you for your interest in the National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement Fellows Program.

The University of California National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement invites applications for the 2019-2020 Fellows Program. The Fellows Program supports scholars, practitioners, students and professionals whose work raises, engages with, and/or addresses questions of free speech and civic engagement on college campuses and beyond. The Center is open to a wide and diverse range of projects including but not limited to traditional academic research. We are especially interested in projects that will have an impact by fostering and sustaining conversations and engagement across and within campus constituencies, as well as furthering the national conversation about free speech in American higher education.

Examples of themes, topics and activities that would fit with the mission of the Center include:

  • The evolving definition of academic freedom
  • The impact of social media on teaching, learning, and campus discourse
  • The place of civic engagement in higher education
  • Polarization on college campuses
  • What role, if any, advocacy has in the classroom
  • “Civility” and its relationship with free speech
  • “Safety” and its relationship with free speech

This is not a residential fellowship. Successful applicants will be awarded a $20,000 stipend to support their work with the opportunity to apply for up to $10,000 in additional research funds.

Fellows are expected to participate in two one-day colloquia with fellow award holders either on a UC campus or at the UC Center in Washington D.C. Travel and accommodation will be covered by the Center.

Fellows are also expected to spend one week on one of the ten UC campuses to share the progress of their project, interact with students and faculty, and organize or participate in campus activities directed at furthering awareness and engagement regarding free speech. Travel and accommodation will be covered by the Center, and support will be given to connect with campus leaders.

At the completion of the fellowship period, award holders are expected to prepare a report outlining the progress made on the project as well as detailing their campus visit experience.

How to Apply

Fill out the form below and upload the following:

  • A cover letter explaining your background and interest in the fellowship
  • Your current curriculum vitae/resume
  • A statement (of no more than 1,000 words) describing the proposed project and including a brief working title for the project

Please have two letters of reference sent to Have the subject line read “Reference Letters for 2019-20 Fellowships.”

Applications are due by Monday, April 8, 2019, and successful completion of a background check is required for appointment to this critical position. If you have questions, please feel free to contact