Initiative on Campus Dialogues Fellowship Program – Call for Proposals

The Democracy and Dialogues Initiative of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, in partnership with other University co-sponsors (listed below), will award five (5) new fellowships to participate in UConn’s ongoing Initiative on Campus Dialogues (ICD) Fellowship Program.

What? The ICD Fellowship Program, now in its fourth year, is a University-wide partnership, with participation from academic, service, outreach and administrative units. Fellowship teams will engage in a year-long, shared-learning process; develop projects that apply dialogue and deliberation to specific content areas and curricular or outreach settings; and make use of, and potentially contribute to, current research-in-practice.

As a core part of their fellowship, teams will participate in the following series of meetings across the academic year:

  • 1 launch meeting from 3:00pm-5:00pm on August 27, 2020
  • 3 regular lunchtime meetings in the Fall Semester: Sept. 15 (1:00-3:00pm), Oct. 14 (2:00-4:00pm), & Nov. 17 (1:00-3:00pm)
  • 1 full-day retreat on January 15, 2021
  • 3 regular lunchtime meetings in the Spring Semester, 11:30-1:30pm on Feb. 10, Mar. 9, & Apr. 7
  • 1 concluding meeting/conference in May, 2021 (day/time to be determined by Fellows)

Meetings will take various forms in order to meet fellows’ needs and interests. Possible examples include workshops on developing individual projects, hosting outside experts, training sessions (e.g. facilitation/moderation, digital humanities, or other tech skills), information gathering related to projected project outcomes, presentation/testing of program, etc.

At least one team member must be present at each meeting. All members are required to attend the Launch Meeting, Winter Break Retreat, and concluding meeting/conference. Please bear this in mind when applying.

For a list of last year’s Fellowship teams and projects, see here.

Who? Projects can be led by a single individual or be team-based. Projects must be led by a UConn affiliate, such as faculty (permanent or part time), staff or students; teams can also include non-UConn affiliates.

Why? The ICD Fellows Program goals include the creation of a community of practice at UConn committed to the advancement of practical and theoretical knowledge of dialogic approaches, and enhancing UConn’s capacity to serve as a resource for those both on and off campus seeking to address problems through democratic encounters.

The following is a list of sample deliverables that offer possible means by which those goals might be realized by fellows/fellowship teams:

  • a syllabus for a class taught through dialogic method/approach, or that contains a significant dialogic element (these can be newly created courses or alterations to existing ones);
  • creation of an outreach program matching research to practice through dialogic engagement;
  • “how-to” guide, set of resources, network or infrastructure creation, etc. that will help others introduce dialogic practice into the classroom or the community;
  • assessment” of learning outcomes of dialogic teaching or programming, or replicable tool/model for doing such assessment or evaluation.

Resources provided?  Up to $5,000 per team: Funds can be used for a variety of purposes: travel, honoraria, catering, materials, consulting fees, and the like. A budget will be requested from all fellows and will be subject to ICD Steering Committee approval.  It is hoped that participants will seek to leverage that initial support to secure additional funds, if needed.  Fellows can also self-fund, or make arrangements with a sponsoring unit in the University.

Fellows will have access to office materials and basic equipment (copier, printer, hi-tech seminar room) at the Dodd Center, as well as publicity assistance and promotion.  Access is provided by requests made to Dodd Center staff. (Please note, a minimum of 2 weeks is needed for any publicity request.)

How to Apply:

Applications are due May 1 and should be submitted in either pdf or Word format to with “ICD Fellowship Application” in the subject line of the email. The application consists of 2 parts:

  1. A proposal narrative (1,000 words maximum); The narrative should include the following information:
    1. The goals of the project;
    2. How these goals address those of ICD;
    3. How the goals will be pursued;
    4. The expected outputs or deliverables;
    5. Applicant(s)’ experience in engaged research initiatives;
    6. Itemized budget;
    7. Project timeline;
    8. Confirmation of availability for meeting dates.
  2. A CV or resumé (for each participating member if team application).

Decisions will be announced May 15.

Sponsoring Partners:

Office of the Provost

Office of the Dean, CLAS

Global Affairs

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

UConn Extension (CAHNR)

Human Rights Institute

Humanities Institute

Student Affairs – The Parents’ Fund

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning