The Civic Scholars Award

We are delighted to introduce the inaugural Civic Scholars Award, which is now open for applications. Kicking off this year, we will be offering eight doctoral students in the UK each year a unique opportunity to connect their studies to our work and deepen their understanding of how to work in and with communities.

What are the benefits for a Civic Scholar?

  • The opportunity to connect their research interests directly with our work and network with senior figures through our programmes, networks and collaborations
  • The chance to explore and communicate how their research can have stronger community impact through our series of seminars and events
  • Mentoring from either a senior member of The Young Foundation team or a volunteer mentor from another civil society or public sector organisation within our partner network
  • An opportunity to receive best-practice training through our national peer research network
  • The chance to participate in a range of activities, which cover all domains of the Researcher Development Framework
  • A bursary of £500 to support training or development activities, agreed with their mentor.

What will a Civic Scholar do?

  • Be an active part of our collaborative ongoing enquiry into community engagement to explore the future of civil society
  • Contribute to a minimum of two of our events over the 18-month period
  • Co-author at least one paper with our team, on an area of shared interest and expertise
  • Be an ambassador for the Institute for Community Studies; helping to raise awareness about our work both within academia and their own wider local community.

What’s the selection process?

Shortlisted applicants will be informed by 26th November, and interviews will take place on 3rd and 4th December. The selection process will consist of a Zoom interview and short task. The Young Foundation is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

We are committed to tackling many of the inequalities in Higher Education and so we are reserving some places for those students who are often least likely to have access to this kind of opportunity. Because of this, a minimum of half of Awards will be made to students who fulfil at least one of the following criteria:

  • From a Black or Ethnic Minority Background
  • A first-generation university student
  • Self-funding

Each cohort will join us from January for an 18-month period.

How do I apply?

Simply complete the application form downloadable here and return it by 13th November 2020 to applications@youngfoundation.org.

Please note:

  • You must be a current doctoral student registered at a UK university
  • You must be able to commit to the 18-month period and your studies should not be due for completion before the end of that time
  • You will need to provide two referees – one should be your doctoral supervisor, the other should be able to comment on your commitment to working collaboratively in and with communities