The University of California's seeks applicants for its Free Speech Fellows Program
The National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement, launched by University of California President Janet Napolitano in October, seeks mid-career legal scholars, journalists, policymakers, social scientists and others for its inaugural class of fellows.
UC seeks applicants who are established in their respective fields and who are committed to advancing knowledge and discourse of the First Amendment and civic engagement, and who will use the fellows program to advance their work in the free speech arena.
Up to eight fellows will be selected by the Center's advisory board for one-year, part-time positions which begin in January 2018. Fellows will receive a $20,000 stipend to support original research or other projects that further freedom of expression.
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 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.
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