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Community Trustbuilding Fellowship Application


The 2020 Application is open online June 15 - October 1, 2019.

General program applications and scholarship applications are due on October 1, 2019.

Welcome! We are excited that you are considering applying for the Community Trustbuilding Fellowship (CTF). Please read the following instructions carefully before submitting an application for the 2020 Community Trustbuilding Fellowship.

Application: The CTF Program Application consists of general information and questions about applicants’ professional and personal backgrounds and interests in CTF, a short essay, and contact information for two references (one professional and one personal).

Full tuition, including room and board, is $2,900 per fellow for all five modules. There are scholarships, fundraising support, and payment plan options available; eligibility for need-based tuition reduction is determined through a separate CTF Scholarship Application due by October 1, 2019 alongside the CTF Program Application for priority consideration.

Selection will take place from September - November 2019. During this time, applicants may be contacted and invited to schedule a video conference interview, and references contacted directly. Selected applicants will be notified by December 1st, 2019, and will have until December 15th to accept the offer of admission for the 2020 CTF cohort. Receiving the CTF certificate of completion is contingent upon full participation in all five modules (barring extenuating circumstances).


Application Timeline

  • September 1, 2019 - Priority deadline for program application and scholarship application

  • October 1, 2019 - Final deadline for program and scholarship applications

  • September - November 2019 - Video conference interviews and reference checks

  • December 1, 2019 - Notification of acceptance and scholarship offer

  • December 15, 2019 - Confirmation by fellows and tuition deposit due

  • January 17, 2020 - A cancellation fee of $100 will be charged on cancelation after this date

    Applicants with questions may reach out to CTF Program Director (Abigail Lash Ballew) at

Priority Consideration Deadline: September 1st, 2019

Final Application Deadline: October 1st, 2019

Length: 25-30 minutes to complete the CTF Program Application

Full Tuition: $2,900 per fellow for all five modules

Tuition includes sessions, overnight accommodation, and all meals. There are scholarships, fundraising support, and payment plan options available.

Application Components:

1. CTF Program Application

  • General Background Information

  • Short Essay (What do you hope to gain from this program? Specifically, in what ways do you want to begin or improve building trust among or between communities?)

  • Past Relevant Training Experience

  • Two References (one professional reference, one personal reference)

  • $25 Application Fee (you will be redirected to a payment page once the application has been submitted). Note: Your application is not considered complete until the $25 application fee has been received by IofC.

2. CTF Scholarship Application

We understand that tuition can be a significant financial burden for many applicants. There are many creative ways that fellows in the past have raised their tuition funds. IofC USA provides accompaniment in this process by developing and sharing a CTF Fundraising Guide for fellows and writing Sponsorship Request Letters to entities at the admitted fellow’s request (such as the employer or faith community of an admitted fellow). There are some limited institutional scholarship funds available for the highest-need applicants as demonstrated through the Scholarship Application. This is an optional, additional application specifically for prospective fellows who would like to be considered for a tuition reduction. Fellows with the financial means to pay CTF tuition in full need not apply.

  • The Scholarship Application is a separate application for applicants who demonstrate a high level of financial need to support their CTF tuition costs in order for them to participate in the program. There are no full scholarships available; fellows with high financial need in the past have received a tuition reduction.

Both the Scholarship Application and the CTF Program Application must be submitted by October 1st, 2019 in order to receive consideration for a tuition reduction.

I joined the CTF program to connect with other truth and justice seekers as we aim to strengthen our ability and capacity to resist and persist in the face of injustice and effect positive transformation within our communities. As a 2017 Community Trustbuilding Fellow, we are all challenged to dig deeper and think more critically as we work to construct a narrative of truth, inclusivity and healing. We not only dig into critical race and justice issues from a historical perspective and lay bare the remnants of historical trauma, we also attempt to step into the experiences that those before us suffered— such as during our walk along Richmond’s Trail of Enslaved Africans — to more fully understand the deep level of acknowledgment, ancestral homage and healing that still needs to take place.