The Practicing Democracy Project Fellowship is a one-year opportunity for graduate students interested in exploring how democracy as a way of life can be strengthened and deepened through spiritual practices.

Three Fellows each year will work with The Center for Spirituality & Practice and the Fetzer Institute, collaborators on the Project, to craft their involvement, based upon their skills and interests, in a wide-ranging effort to help shape America’s democracy for the common good of all.

Fellows will attend regular mentoring and sharing sessions (in person or via Zoom) with the Spirituality & Practice team. Preference will be given to applicants who can use the large library of spiritual resources at the Center in Claremont, California, but it is also possible to connect with the S&P team virtually.

Fellows will receive a stipend of $15,000 ($25/hr.) for a mutually agreed-upon work schedule.

Three fellows for the first year have been chosen. They will work from Spring 2018 - Fall 2018. Three more fellows will be chosen to work from Winter/Spring 2019 - Fall 2019.

For more information on The Practicing Democracy Project, read the Project Overview and explore the curated resources and topic pages on the website

Focuses for Fellows

The Practicing Democracy Project Fellows will craft their own involvement in the Project based upon their skills and interests. Here are major areas they can explore singly or in combination.

l. Identifying and testing spiritual practices.
Fellows will research practices in books and through conversations with spiritual teachers. Both practices traditionally considered to be “inner work” and those that encourage active engagement with our neighbors and communities will then be posted in the Spiritual Practices database at The practices will come from a wide variety of spiritual and religious traditions. Fellows will test the practices in regular practice sessions (in person or via Zoom) and also may take them into workshop and classroom settings.

2. Writing and curating relevant resources for the website
After being trained to post and code resources via Spirituality & Practice’s content management system, fellows will help curate content for the main pages and for sections on topics such as diversity, hospitality, kindness, service, and trust. Interest in contemporary culture is important as topic pages include references to books, films, articles, quotes, and more.

3. Networking to determine needs of various constituencies across the political spectrum.
Fellows will interview people in congregations, schools, businesses, advocacy groups, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and other constituencies about their needs for Practicing Democracy materials. This effort will help keep the Project’s work focused on the hopes, fears, needs, and ideas of citizens.

4. Creating program plans for individual and group use.
Fellows will help develop programs to show the Project’s constituencies how they can use the Practicing Democracy resources. These might include a “theme-based ministry” plan for a congregation, a staff retreat format for a business, a film festival to be sponsored by an advocacy group, or a series of readings for an individual or class.

5. Developing a publicity/promotion and social media campaign for the Project.
Fellows will help write and place stories about the Project’s goals and accomplishments. Through follow-up interviews, they will create case studies about how different groups have used the spiritual practices and other resources collected on

Applications for the Year 2 Fellowships are being accepted now.

Send a cover letter and resume to:
Mary Ann Brussat
The Center for Spirituality & Practice
223 W. Foothill Boulevard, 2nd Floor
Claremont, California 91711

Who Is Invited to Apply

Candidates for Ph.D., D.Min, M.Div, M.A. degrees, and Post-Grads in fields of:

  • Religion and Spirituality, especially spiritual formation, spiritual practices, chaplaincy, world religions
  • Education, especially curriculum development, community program planning, libraries
  • Psychology and Social Work, especially transpersonal psychology, counseling
  • Cultural Studies, especially American studies, women’s studies, ethnic studies
  • Politics, Government, and Public Policy, especially conflict resolution, advocacy and organizing, nonprofit leadership
  • Communications and Journalism

Fellows receive:

  • $15,000 stipend for 600 hours of work (schedule to be negotiated)
  • Virtual collaboration with other fellows and the Spirituality & Practice and Fetzer Institute teams.
  • Regular sharing sessions, including opportunities to engage in group spiritual practices.
  • One-on-one mentoring with The Center for Spirituality & Practice staff, including possibilities for ongoing involvement (writing, reviewing, e-course development, workshops) with