Research Fellow Projects
CSD created the Civic Service Research Fellows Program to support innovative research on civic service in countries all over the world. The program has provided funding and training to a multi-national network of scholars and researchers, representing over 17 countries. Their research and scholarship contributes to a growing knowledge base on civic service worldwide, including research on service-learning, national, and international service. In some countries, such as Mongolia, this is the first known published research on civic service. The work of the Research Fellows is featured in the 2007 book, Civic Service Worldwide. View all Research Fellows publications.

This CSD Civic Service Research Fellows study tests a definition of intercultural competence and develops an instrument to measure and assess it. This project investigates the impact of international youth service programs on Swiss and British volunteers and on their Ecuadorian hosts using surveys and focus groups. Findings contribute important knowledge to the field of intercultural education regarding the identification, development, assessment, and impact on those involved.

This CSD Civic Service Research Fellows study will analyze and compare national policies regarding youth civic service in France, Italy, Czech Republic, and Poland. The goal of the analysis is to investigate how national frameworks expand international voluntary service opportunities for young people in the EU, and to what extent EU policies and legislative instruments can support this expansion. The study will develop case studies based on interviews with volunteers, government officials, and NGOs.

This Civic Service Research Fellows study investigates the impact of service learning on environmental awareness and civic engagement among participants. The research focuses on several service-learning programs in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that promote environmental awareness. Surveys and in-depth interviews with participants address the impact of service learning, identify the factors affecting environmental performance, and explore the challenges of implementing service-learning programs on national and regional levels.

This Civic Service Research Fellows study compares two youth service programs in the U.S.--City Year and Teach for America--and two in France--Unis Cite and AFEV. Using in-depth interviews, the researcher explores servers' perceptions of the boundaries between volunteer work (travail benevole), service work (travail volontaire), and professional/occupational work (travail salarie). The study also assesses the role of an education-focused program in shaping a professional career in education.

This CSD Civic Service Research Fellows study explores the characteristics of schools in Argentina that run service-learning programs. The study identifies the most general characteristics of 4,400 primary and secondary schools: characteristics of students actively involved in the service-learning project, service goals, learning goals, and specific links between service and the curriculum.

This CSD Civic Service Research Fellows study investigates the characteristics of civic service programs in Uruguay that most effectively recruit and retain older adults. In addition, the study compares civic service programs for older adults with those developed for young people to gain insight from both types of service and to develop guidelines to be applied by organizations to their social development programs.

This CSD Civic Service Research Fellows study analyzes civic service and volunteering initiatives in five Southern African countries and examines their implications for social development in the region. Local researchers in each country conduct interviews with the staff who implement and coordinate service programs, and provide a map of all organizations operating civic service and volunteering initiatives in the region. The study explores the meaning of civic service in a Southern African context, perceptions of service, and the social policies that might support or hinder civic service programs.

This CSD Civic Service Research Fellows study explores the nature of service and citizenship in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) program in Nigeria. The study takes an in-depth look at how political forces have affected the implementation of this program and assesses the effects of the NYSC on civic engagement thirty years after its inception.

This CSD Civic Service Research Fellows study explores the impact of participation in a service-learning program at the college level on participants' civic engagement following graduation. Researchers surveyed alumni of the Bonner Scholars Program, a four-year co-curricular service-learning program, and compared their responses to those of two comparison groups drawn from UCLA's Life After College Survey. Findings suggest that participation in the Bonner Scholar program correlates with a higher level of civic engagement, particularly in civic activities that require dialogue.

This CSD Civic Service Research Fellows study investigates the potential of youth civic service programs to serve as effective development tools for transitional countries. Research focuses on the National United Nations Volunteer Program, which was founded by Mongolia's government during a period of social, economic, and political transition. In-depth interviews and focus groups suggest that the program had a positive influence: communities experienced increased access to resources, gained knowledge of democratic processes, benefited from the increased capacity of local government, and became more involved in volunteering and civil society groups.

This CSD Civic Service Research Fellows study uses Social Network Analysis as a tool to assess the effect of national service programs at the community level. Specifically, this paper measures the community-level impacts of the work accomplished by AmeriCorps volunteers in three U.S. cities. The findings show that the program can increase social capital by diversifying and bridging community network ties.

This CSD Civic Service Research Fellows study investigates the Technical Aids Corps (TAC) Scheme, established by Nigeria in 1987 to provide human development assistance to African, Caribbean, and Pacific countries as a "practical demonstration of South-South cooperation." Using in-depth interviews, the research explores factors that encourage participation in civic service, the effect of TAC on servers' civic nationalism, and the program's impact on recipient and server communities.

This CSD Civic Service Research Fellows study investigates the relationship between service and citizenship in Nepal. Although Nepal has a long cultural tradition of service, the increasing presence of foreign volunteers has eroded citizens' sense of self-reliance. In addition, political instability in the country has estranged youth who might otherwise serve as volunteers in their communities. Using surveys, in-depth interviews, and focus groups, the study examines whether Nepal's National Development Volunteer Service enhances civic engagement, especially among the nation's youth.

This CSD Civic Service Research Fellows study investigates the characteristics and motivations of youth who serve in German's voluntary cultural year. In particular, the authors explore the role of social training and the presence of role models in influencing youth's perceptions of civic service and cultural institutions. Results suggest that the voluntary cultural year may have positive impacts on participating adolescents, enhancing social and cultural competence, supporting cultural institutions, providing exposure to career options, and supporting a stronger relationship with cultural institutions and their impact on social development.

This CSD Civic Service Research Fellows study explores the organizational factors that promote long-term civic service engagement at Habitat for Humanity International programs in Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, and Guyana. Using qualitative and quantitative techniques, the research focuses on what aspects of the volunteer experience have the most effect on volunteers and their motivation to continue volunteering. Findings provide insight into how organizations can increase long-term volunteer recruitment and retention in Latin America and the Caribbean.