Democracy Fellowship

Are you thinking about a career in the law or politics? Are you interested in exploring some of the most important social and legal issues facing us today? How would you like to meet some of the leaders in our area who are dealing directly with these issues and learn how they are helping to shape their communities?

The Democracy Fellowship program is looking for student leaders who are interested in exploring social/legal issues from a humanistic perspective and presenting their learning to an audience of their peers and the community.

A group of six to 12 students will meet at Princeton High School for 14 sessions (every other Wednesday at 2:00 p.m.) with facilitators Carol Golden, a lawyer and community activist; and Hannah Schmidl, a member of the PPL team. Each 90-minute session will be spent analyzing topics that the students will help to decide. We will examine how political activism can affect policy and effect change, and help the students see the possibilities for activism as they go forward. In addition, the fellows will present a culminating program to the public, facilitating a robust discussion of the issues they have investigated with their peers and the community.


Fellows will have the opportunity to meet with experts and thought leaders in our area who are engaged in real world applications of some of the topics explored. In coordination with the Princeton Public Library’s Spotlight on the Humanities series, Democracy Fellows will be invited to attend the keynote talks at the library. Guest speakers may also be invited for a separate session with the students where they can explore ideas from a humanistic approach.


Applications are closed for the 2016-2017 session.


For more information, please contact Carol Golden at Students may be interviewed to further assess their interest and ability to commit to the program and then notified of their acceptance by the end of June.


The Democracy Fellowship program is presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.