BECOME A 
CIVIC INNOVATOR

Start your
innovation journey.

The Civic Innovators Fellowship is designed for young leaders interested in learning the skills necessary to develop innovative solutions to society’s biggest challenges.

Throughout the three month 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. 

Fast Facts

Application

Applications for the Fall '22 Fellowship have closed. Sign up to our mailing list to be notified when Spring '23 applications open.

Eligibility

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

Timeline

The program begins in early September and ends in mid November, and requires about two hour per week.

Program

The program is digital-first and entirely free for accepted students.

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How you’ll learn.

The goal of the Fellowship is to help each Fellow find their “You Shaped Hole” – the place where their communities’ needs intersect with their unique skills and passions.

Each week, you’ll use case studies of past and present civic innovators to understand systems thinking, changemaking skills, and community-based problem solving.

The Fellowship culminates with you creating a “Civic Innovators Portfolio” that you can bring to job/internship interviews or use for future academic pursuits.

Learn from past and present successes in Civic Innovation .

From early 20th century libraries and the post office to artificial intellegence,
we dive deep into what makes for a successful civic innovation.

Find your superpowers.

The sheer number of problems facing humanity can be dizzying and leave you wondering how to plug in. We will help you identify where you can best apply your unique skills to make the greatest impact.

Join a global community.

Once you graduate from the Fellowship, you join our community for life. You'll have the opportunity to get funding for projects, meet amazing mentors, and attend in-person gatherings.

APPLICATIONS CLOSED

Applications for the Fall '22 Fellowship have closed.
Enter your email to be notified when Spring '23 applications open.

Introducing the Fall '22 Class

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74%

Young women

70%

People of Color

40%

First Gen College Students

ALL 50 STATES

& 74 COUNTRIES

The CU Community Offers:

Job Opportunities

Mentorship Matching

One-Off Workshops

Internship Placement

Direct Investment

Specialized Training Programs

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. There are early decision deadlines for both classes, that will be published on the website!