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Community Trustbuilding Fellowship Application


The 2019 CTF Application closed online on October 15th, 2018.

The 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).

There are scholarships, fundraising support, and payment plan options available; eligibility for need-based financial aid is determined through a separate scholarship application due by the same time as the program application.

Selection will take place throughout October and November 2018. During this time, applicants may be contacted and invited to schedule a video conference interview, and references may be contacted directly. Selected applicants will be notified by December 1st, 2018, and will have until December 15th to accept the offer of admission into the 2019 CTF program. Reception of the CTF certificate of completion is contingent upon full participation in all five modules (barring extenuating circumstances).


Application Timeline

  • October 15, 2018 - Program and scholarship application deadline

  • October & November 2018 - Video conference interviews and reference checks

  • December 1, 2018 - Notification of acceptance and scholarship offer

  • December 15, 2018 - Confirmation by fellows and tuition deposit due

  • January 18, 2019 - A cancellation fee of $100 will be charged on cancelation after this date

Community Trustbuilding Fellowship Fees:

$2,900 - tuition, course materials, meals and overnight accommodations. There is also a $25 non-refundable application fee.


For more information about the Community Trustbuilding Fellowship and application process, contact Abigail Ballew at

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.