THE WORLDCAN'T WAIT

The Civic Innovators Fellowship is designed for young leaders who have innovative ideas to solve community issues – and want to start building them now.

The Fellowship gives you the knowledge, network, and funding to pursue your passions and launch projects that change the world.

Fast Facts

Application

Applications for the Spring '23 Fellowship close on January 31st. The Fellowship has an ~11% acceptance rate.

Eligibility

High school students from anywhere in the world. Students on a gap year are also eligible!

Timeline

The program begins in early February and ends in mid April, and requires about two hours per week.

Program

The program is digital-first and entirely free for accepted students. In-Person elements are revealed throughout the program.

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BECOME A FELLOW

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About the Fellowship

Throughout the program, you’ll use historical and modern case studies to go deep on the 5 core skills needed to become an innovator. You’ll also get hands-on experience with new technologies and ideas that are being used to drive change in the 21st century.

The Fellowship culminates with a “Civic Innovators Portfolio”, where Fellows examine a systemic issue in their local community, and propose a new set of actionable solutions.

After the program, CU Alumni are given funding, mentorship, and the network necessary to launch initiatives and pursue their passions.

Attend Weekly Lessons

Each week, you'll work with an expert to examine civic innovations from 20th century libraries and the post office to artificial intelligence.

Participate in Small Groups

Over the course of the program, you'll work in small groups to examine the most vexing problems facing the U.S. and the world and propose solutions in
solve-a-thon style events.

Join a global community.

Civics Unplugged is a community for life. Our team will work individually with you to find internships, jobs, or help you launch your own initiative.

APPLICATIONS CLOSED

Applications for the Fall '22 Fellowship have closed.
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Introducing the Fall '22 Class

74%

Young women

70%

People of Color

40%

First Gen College Students

ALL 50 STATES
& 74 COUNTRIES

Benefits of Becoming a CU Fellow

Job Opportunities

Mentorship Matching

One-Off Workshops

Internship Placement

Direct Investment

Specialized Training Programs

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FEATURED
CASE BRIEFS

Case Briefs consist of an analysis of a vexing problem facing a particular sector of society. For example, a Fellow may examine how an increase in flooding on the Mississippi river has impacted commerce in the south and midwest, and propose solutions to mitigate the effects.

"Solving the Climate Crisis in Missouri" 

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Questions?
We’ve got answers!

How many hours a week is the Fellowship? 

The Fellowship requires about three hours a week of a mix of lectures, reading, group discussion, and work time. We will also offer weekly office hours and additional discussion time for students who have the time and willingness to go above and beyond on their developmental journey.

Who is eligible for the Fellowship?

You are eligible if you will be enrolled in high school (or on a gap year) during your Fellowship class.

What are the application requirements?

The application consists of basic demographic information and a few written response questions to gauge your potential as a civic innovator.

Does CU have a political affiliation?

No, CU is a non-partisan organization. And in fact, our training helps students grow into thinkers and leaders whose identity and impact transcend conventional political bounds.

When do applications open and close? 

CU runs two fellowships a year, in the Spring and the Fall. The Spring '23 application closes on January 31st 2023.