Call for Proposals: Democracy & Dialogues Fellowship Program

Democracy & Dialogues Initiative Fellowship Program: Call for proposals 2021-2022

The  Democracy and Dialogues Initiative of the Dodd Human Rights Impact, in partnership with other University co-sponsors (listed below), will award five (5new fellowships to participate in UConn’s ongoing Democracy and Dialogues Initiative Fellowship Program.

What? The Democracy and Dialogues Fellowship Program, now in its fifth 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.

See 2020-2021 Fellows and project summaries here

As a core part of their fellowship, teams will participate in the following series of meetings across the academic year: a welcome meeting, six regular lunchtime meetings (three per semester) and a full day retreat in January. Calendar dates listed below: 

  • August 26 2021: Welcome Meeting 4:00-5:30 
  • September 8, 2021:  Meeting 1, 11:30-1:30 
  • October 6, 2021:  Meeting 2, 11:30-1:30 
  • November 17 2021: Meeting 3, 11:30-1:30 
  • January 12, 2022: Full Day Fellows Retreat, 9:00-5:00 
  • February 9, 2022:  Meeting 4, 11:30-1:30 
  • March 16, 2022:  Meeting 5, 11:30-1:30 
  • April 20, 2022: Meeting 6, 11:30-1:30 

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

        How to Apply: 

        Applications are due  May 24 and should be submitted in either pdf or Word format to the APPLICATION FORM . ( In the event you have any issues with the form, please email with “DDI Fellowship Application” in the subject line of the email.

        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 DDI; 
          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  June 1. 

                            APPLY HERE!

                            Sponsoring Partners: 

                            • Dodd Human Rights Impact 
                            • Office of the Provost 
                            • Office of the Dean, CLAS 
                            • Global Affairs 
                            • Office of Diversity and Inclusion 
                            • UConn Extension (College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources) 
                            • Human Rights Institute 
                            • Humanities Institute 
                            • Student Affairs – The Parents’ Fund 
                            • Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning 

                            Click here to download a copy of the CFP

                            Application Deadline: May 24, 2021