Now Accepting Applications for the 2024-2025 Class of Fellows


Now Accepting Applications for the 2024-2025 Senior Fellows

This program is open to current and former Center Fellows who would like to build on the work done during their fellowship year.


About the Fellowship

Each year, the Center selects Fellows from a broad range of disciplines and backgrounds such as law, journalism, higher education, social science, technology and government.

The Center welcomes candidates from all backgrounds to apply, and invites a wide range of innovative projects. As part of the University of California, the Center is committed to promoting diversity and equal opportunity in its education, services and administration, as well as research and creative activity. We are focused on projects that address current issues affecting students, staff, administrators and faculty and will have a direct impact on individuals and communities across campuses. Work products can take many forms such as (but not limited to) qualitative/quantitative research, curricular modules, toolkits or training programs/pilots.

As a Center Fellow, you will be welcomed into a community of practitioners, educators and students who share the common purpose of advancing the mission of the Center. Incoming Fellows are connected with former Fellows and become part of a larger UC-wide and national network of scholars, educators, practitioners and activists.

The one-year fellowship will run from July 1, 2024 through June 30, 2025.

  • This is not a residential fellowship. Selected fellowships will be awarded $20,000 to support their work, and up to $5,000 in research funds will be available as needed.
  • Fellows are expected to participate in monthly meetings (virtual) and two one-day colloquia on a UC campus, at the UC Center in Washington, D.C. or virtually. Travel and accommodations will be covered by the Center if applicable.
  • Involvement and interaction with the UC community is critical to the Center’s mission. Over the course of the program, Fellows will be provided access to resources and connections throughout the 10-campus UC system as befits their research.


Potential Project Themes, Topics and Activities

This year we remain particularly interested in issues that explore the connections between higher education and democracy such as:

    • Effective methods to teach and build skills for dialogue across difference; encouraging robust conversation in and out of the classroom; 
    • The connections between international events and expression on campus; 
    • Relationships between free speech, falsehoods, disinformation/misinformation and artificial intelligence.

We also welcome additional themes, topics and activities that fit within the Center’s mission which may include (not an exhaustive list):

    • How best to safeguard academic freedom in response to the national and global climate including legislative assaults and other threats to the creation and transmission of knowledge;
    • Exploring the interaction between diversity, inclusion and expression on campus;
    • Navigating values-based polarization and political partisanship in higher education;
    • Higher education’s role in supporting democracy and democratic learning;
    • How to incorporate civic engagement and democratic learning into everyday life and learning on campus;
    • Understanding what motivates civic engagement among diverse campus groups.


How to Apply

Fill out the form at Call for Fellows 2024-2025, including the following:

  • A current curriculum vitae/resume, not to exceed two pages.
  • A statement (not to exceed 1,250 words) describing your proposed project and how it will further the national conversation related to expression and democratic participation on college campuses. Please include the need for the project, objectives and potential impact on campus communities as well as a working title.
  • Please address (not to exceed 500 words) how your academic and/or professional experiences qualify you to complete this project, including access to any tools/resources/populations required.
  • Please describe how this fellowship will enable you to complete your project (not to exceed 250 words).
    A timeline for project development/completion

Applications are due by Friday, March 15th at midnight. If you have questions, please feel free to contact


About the Senior Fellowship

Many fellows have expressed that a year is enough time to complete a project or research, but typically not enough time to see it in action. The Senior Fellows program offers a chance to do just that. A Senior Fellow’s work product can take many forms such as (but not limited to) qualitative/quantitative research, curricular modules or training programs/pilots.

In addition to producing “work product” over the course of the year, Senior Fellows will also be responsible for:

  • Advising incoming fellows;
    This will include meeting monthly (virtually) with current Fellows (typically for one hour) in order to counsel them on project-related issues including how to promote their research/findings as well as being available to consult with incoming Fellows one-on-one as needed.
  • Serving on the selection committees for incoming Fellows, Senior Fellows and VOICE;
    Selection committee activities typically occur in March for incoming/senior fellows and in May for VOICE awardees.
  • Acting as an ambassador for the Center.
    Senior Fellows are expected to raise the Center’s profile and promote its programming and resources. This could include representing the Center at an event or conference or speaking on a panel.

This program is open to current and former Center Fellows who would like to build on the work done during their fellowship year.


View Past Fellows Projects