Start your
innovation journey.

The Civic Innovators Fellowship is designed for Gen Zers interested in building more regenerative systems in the U.S. and around the world.
Throughout the free, three-month program, you’ll learn from innovative people, explore new ideas, and discover the emerging technologies being used to drive change in the 21st century.

Fast Facts


Applications for the Fall '22 class close on August 31st!


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


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


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

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 to modern web3 technology, we will 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.

Work alongside a global community.

Becoming a civic innovator is nearly impossible without the help and support of a  community to help you refine your ideas and have your back when things get tough.


Early Decision Deadline: June 30th 2022

Benefits of the Fellowship

Job Opportunities

Mentorship Matching

One-Off Workshops

Internship Placement

Direct Investment

Specialized Training Programs


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.

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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!