Civic Engagement Calls for Applications Nov-Dec 2017

Get Engaged: A Bard/International Networking Conference

Student Action and Youth Leadership: Civic Engagement, Social Entrepreneurship and the Liberal Arts

Application Deadline: Wednesday, Nov. 29
Apply Online: Get Engaged Application 2018: Click Here 

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The Bard/International Network and affiliated institutions will gather student leaders for a five-day conference at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary from March 15th to 22nd, 2018.

The conference is not a traditional academic conference: it is a venue to build a network of young social entrepreneurs and change agents to encourage future collaborations and exchange of ideas. Student fellows chosen to participate will explore best practices, generate ideas, participate in leadership trainings, and network with other student leaders. 

Students actively engaged in community based work (on and off campus), including community projects or organizing, activism, journalism, Model UN, debate, socially based internships, government work or campus leadership are invited to submit proposals. 

Get Engaged Alumni/ae from previous conferences have developed programs and projects as change agents within their institutions, or in their local, national and international communities, implementing creative, and sometimes far-reaching activities, including:

  • establishing debate and Model UN clubs;
  • creating student newspapers and journals;
  • developing school programs for children in science, math, human rights, English and art;
  • building libraries and children centers in underserved communities;
  • organizing programs to support vulnerable populations;
  • working with local governments and non-governmental organizations on solutions for social justice;
  • partnering with organizations to address climate and sustainability issues. 


The conference will include workshops that offer skills-based sessions to encourage Get Engaged Fellows to seek innovative and creative approaches to social issues while providing the opportunity to collaborate with students in the Bard/International Network. 

Workshops may focus on:

  • Leadership
  • Public Speaking
  • Networking
  • Making a Pitch
  • Using Media
  • Effective Organizing
  • Developing Community Partnerships 

Student Presentations

Each fellow will be asked to make a short, creative presentation of his or her project or program. 


Application deadline is Wednesday, November 29th. Applications can be submitted online at: Get Engaged Application 2018: Click Here

Each applicant should ask a faculty/staff member or community partner for a recommendation and have it submitted to


  • Fellows may come from the following institutions:

Al-Quds Bard College for Arts and Sciences; American University of Central Asia, Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson); Bard College at Simon’s Rock; Bard College Berlin; European Humanities University; Smolny College (Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University).

  • Projects must be underway to be considered. 
  • Preference is given to freshmen through juniors! Only sophomores and juniors may apply from Bard College (Annandale)
  • Multiple student leaders from the same project may apply; however, conference selection typically includes only ONE student per project. 

CCE Global Engagement Fellows

Application Deadline: Monday, Dec. 4
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The Bard College Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) announces a call for Global Engagement Fellows to help promote and coordinate civic engagement projects across the Bard International Network, including: Al-Quds Bard College of Arts and Sciences, American University of Central Asia, Bard College Annandale, Bard College Berlin, European Humanities University, and “Smolny College”- Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences of St. Petersburg State University.


The role of fellows includes the following:

  • Arranging quarterly “virtual” meetings among student-leaders in their thematic area.
  • Collecting and producing materials on “best practices” in thematic area
  • Preparing at least one case study in thematic area
  • Collecting materials that might be useful for others pursuing similar civic engagement activities
  • Serving as a resource for students from other campuses who might be interested in developing programming in their thematic area.
  • Sending out monthly updates of activities

Fellows will work closely with a staff member from Bard College’s Center for Civic Engagement and/or a civic engagement coordinator from one of the network institutions. 


Global Engagement Fellows will have demonstrated leadership in terms of developing and sustaining a civic engagement project and demonstrate an aptitude for working with others. In most cases, fellows are expected to have attended a Get Engaged Conference but it is not mandatory. Preference will be given to Sophomores and Juniors (and, in the case of AUCA NGA students first years) but incoming-Seniors are welcome to apply.

All successful fellows will receive a certificate and their project will be eligible for a micro-grant of up to $1,000. (Funding is only available for project-associated expenditures--materials, transportation, food--and not for salaries or honorariums). Funding will in most circumstances be directed through home institutions and must comply with all relevant national laws.

Application Requirements:

All applicants are expected to complete and submit the following required information. Include name, institution, and year of study at the top of all applications):

I Project Description (500 words)

Please include a brief description of your project. Please include the following:

  • Project goals and achievements
  • How long has the project been active?
  • Did you start the project and how was it developed?
  • Number of student volunteers involved with project
  • Number of community partners involved with project
  • (You might also attach publicity materials about the project)

II Global Engagement Fellow Motivation (500 words)

Please write a short essay which addresses the following:

  • Why do you want to be global fellow?
  • What goals would you have in the position?
  • Identify a thematic area (below) where your project belongs.
  • If you have created relevant training materials for volunteers or participants in the past, could you please provide a sample of the work done?

III Relevant Experience

Please submit a resume or supporting documentation listing civic engagement and leadership experience


Proposals are due by December 4th and must be submitted to with a heading of Global Fellows Application.  

Potential Global Fellow Thematic Areas include but are not limited to:

1. Education (all ages preschool to senior citizens)
English Language or other Language Instruction
Language and Thinking Practices to Engage Communities
Using Debate for Community Development and Public Contestation
Model United Nations as a Community Tool
Creating Community Discussion Spaces/Freedom of Expression
Youth Mentorship for Change
Tutoring/Summer camps and/or School Programs

2. Environment and Sustainability
Science Outreach and Citizen Action

Civic Engagement Micro-Grant Competition

Application Deadline: Friday, Dec. 1
Apply Online: Micro-Grant Application 2018: Click Here

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The Bard College Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) announces a micro-grant competition. Microgrants are designed to provide supplemental resources to deepen (or initiate) student projects and can be used to link projects at different institutions. Grant awards will normally range from $250-$500 and will not exceed $600.

Proposals should clearly identify the needs and goals of the project, the means through which the goals will be realized and the anticipated outcomes. They must also include

  • a one paragraph project description
  • a short detailed budget (in Excel)
  • a one page project summary

Applications should not exceed four pages. Funding is only available for project-associated expenditures (materials, transportation, food) and not for salaries or honorariums. Funding will, in most circumstances, be directed through home institutions and must comply with all relevant national laws.


Proposals are due by December 1 and must be completed by submitting an online application to: Micro-Grant Application 2018: Click Here

The Bard International Network consists of Al-Quds Bard College of Arts and Sciences, the American University of Central Asia, Bard College Annandale, Bard College Berlin, European Humanities University, and “Smolny College”- Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences of St. Petersburg State University. You can read more about the Bard International Network partnerships and civic engaement at:

If you have any questions, please send a short email to (with heading Micro-Grant Competition).