Through the Nebraska Civic Saturday Fellowship, you’ll learn how to create a series of Civic Saturday gatherings in your community that strengthen social ties and rebuild faith in one another — and our democracy. Selected Fellows will join a cohort in February 2024 with about a dozen other Nebraskans to explore the purpose and practicalities of hosting Civic Saturdays.
Here’s what you need to know:
The Civic Saturday Fellowship is a six-month experience in which you develop and host at least two Civic Saturday gatherings in your hometown, with the intention to continue thereafter.
New Fellows begin with a cohort-based experience in Lincoln from Feb. 6-9, 2024.
Apply by November 28, 2023. All applicants will be notified if they have been selected by early December.
There is no cost to participate!
You can expect that Civic Nebraska and Citizen University will:
Step One: Review the application. For the longer-form questions, we recommend you review the questions and type up your answers in advance (aim for about 250 words). There is also an option to record and share a video of yourself speaking your answers if you prefer.
›› Make sure you’ve also watched or attended a Civic Saturday yourself! Need a refresher? Here are a few examples from past Nebraska-based gatherings hosted by Civic Nebraska.
Step Two: Prepare your resume. There will be a submission box for you to upload it as a PDF.
Step Three: Submit your application. Finalize all your materials, then visit our form to submit them! Once your application has been submitted, you will not be able to make any changes, so please proofread your materials thoroughly before submission.
Deadline: Applications are due by 11:59 pm CST on Nov. 22, 2023. You can expect to hear back from us in early December.
Q: What are the costs associated with the Fellowship?
A: Citizen University and Civic Nebraska cover the costs of travel, lodging, and all major meals for all Fellows while attending Civic Seminary in Lincoln. For costs you may incur in hosting your Civic Saturdays, we offer stipends (up to $300 per gathering) to support Fellows’ gatherings.
Q: Is there an age or education requirement?
A: The work of a Fellow requires communication, organizing, and planning skills. While we find that people who have some experience with hosting community events are generally best equipped to host Civic Saturdays, we do not have any formal age or education requirements.
Q: Can I apply for the Fellowship with a friend or co-worker? Or as a representative of my organization?
A: Absolutely! We often find that Fellows who have partners or come with their “work hat” on are the most successful at establishing Civic Saturdays as a lasting civic practice in their communities. There is space on the application where you can let us know if you know someone else applying. Each individual person should submit their own application.
Q: What happens after the Fellowship is over?
A: During your six-month Fellowship, you’ll establish Civic Saturdays as a civic practice in your communities and build upon that practice over time. After that time, Civic Nebraska and Citizen University will remain as your partners in the work you started during the fellowship, supporting you in all ways that we are able. You’ll also join the broader community of civic catalysts from Citizen University’s other programs!