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Louisiana State Univ.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

University of California National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement Now Accepting Applications For Fellows Program

The University of California's National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement invites applications for its Fellows Program.


The successful applicant will be established in a field that gives him or her occasion to address the issues of free speech and civic engagement through their work. We are interested in supporting individuals who have a strong reputation in fields including law, journalism, social science, community organizing and other areas, and a vested interest in shaping the national debate in the areas of free speech and civic engagement.

This is a part-time fellowship opportunity, and applicants need not be based in Washington, D.C., or affiliated with UC to qualify. Fellows are expected to be available for periodic travel to Washington, D.C., to support the Center’s events and programming and to spend one week in residence on a UC campus.


Fellows will support the Center’s work by:

  • Developing a project or conducting research on a topic relevant to First Amendment and civic engagement issues with an aim toward producing a deliverable that will help advance the cause of freedom of expression. The outcome of the project can take on many different forms, including a published paper, toolkit for campus administrators, an app for students to download, or other deliverable(s). We encourage creativity in thinking about how to translate your research into action.
  • Interacting with current UC students through engagement with the UC Washington Center, as well as a week in residence on a UC campus. The Center will work with each fellow to develop these activities as appropriate for each fellow’s schedule.
  • Presenting his or her work at the Center’s inaugural conference on free speech and civic engagement held in 2018.

The Center will support the Fellows by:

  • Providing a stipend of $20,000 for a yearlong project or research effort aimed at influencing the national debate on free speech and civic engagement.
  • Sponsoring opportunities for the Fellow to engage with current students though lectures, small group seminars and other opportunities at both the Center in Washington, D.C., and on UC campuses.
  • Facilitating access to UC’s accomplished faculty and staff to further the Fellow’s work.


The Center is accepting applications until Friday, January 12, 2018. Follow this link to the form and more information about the application.

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