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Signatory member institutions are those who sign their support of the Talloires Declaration. They demonstrate institutional support for the values expressed in our founding document. The Talloires Networks’ Engaged Members lead and support the network’s efforts to build a global civic engagement movement. Faculty, staff, and students from Engaged Member institutions have frequently adopted critical roles in network programs, events, and Global Leaders Conferences. The support of Engaged Members guides and sustains the Network. We invite you to join the Talloires Network of Engaged Universities to further advance the global university civic engagement movement.

Engaged Members

Foster the growth of the university civic engagement movement by committing your university to be an engaged member of the Talloires Network of Engaged Universities!

Engaged member universities commit to supporting The Network’s programs, initiatives, and research by contributing annual dues based on their host country’s Human Development Index rating, according to the United Nations Development Program. Annual dues under this system range between $500 to $7,500 per year and are determined according to a university’s geographic location. Engaged members make it possible for all civically engaged universities to participate in this crucial work, helping to lead our global movement to strengthen the civic roles and social responsibilities of higher education.

Benefits for Engaged Members include opportunities to:

  • Gain public acknowledgement and visibility as an active contributor to the global university civic engagement movement;
  • Participate in bi-annual strategic planning meetings to explore opportunities for collaboration including fundraising for new programs;
  • Apply, without a fee, for the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification International pilot;
  • Apply for Network faculty professional development programs, which include financial support for civic engagement activities and public recognition for excellence in engaged scholarship;
  • Apply for Network demonstration grant programs, which involve substantial technical and financial support for innovative university civic engagement programs;
  • Apply to participate in global learning exchange programs for students, staff, faculty and administrators;
  • Participate in collaborative writing and research projects, which includes international workshops as well as technical and financial support for publishing reports, articles, and books;
  • Participate in internationally publicized interviews and webinars;
  • Organize and lead plenary and breakout sessions at the Talloires Network Global Leaders Conference;
  • Apply for travel, lodging and registration grants for the Talloires Network Global Leaders Conference;
  • Enjoy all benefits available to Signatory Members (see below)

Engaged members enjoy an umbrella membership, which means that all staff, faculty and students can receive the benefits. To become an engaged member university, we ask that you become a signatory member and commit to supporting The Network by contributing annual dues. We also ask that you assign a liaison to work with us on promoting your institution’s civic engagement and to connect you with other members to work on collaborative projects.

To become an Engaged Member, email the Talloires Network Secretariat (

 Signatory Members

Between 2005 and 2020, more than 400 universities became signatories to the Talloires Declaration. By declaring their support of our founding document, these universities support the ideals and values that drive our work. In order to become a signatory member, universities provided a letter of commitment signed by the president, vice chancellor, or rector.

To become a signatory member university, simply contact The Network secretariat and give a brief overview of your civic engagement activities. Once you have been approved to join, you will need to provide a letter of commitment signed by the president, vice-chancellor, or rector. The letter should be addressed to President Nieves Segovia of Universidad Camilo José Cela, Chair of the Network’s Steering Committee. The letter should be scanned and emailed to The Network secretariatClick here for a sample letter of commitment that can be adapted for your institution. This letter outlines your personal and institutional commitment to the values and goals of the Talloires Declaration.

 Benefits for Signatory Members include opportunities to:

  • Apply for awards that provide monetary prizes and public recognition for innovative approaches to university civic engagement;
  • Build your institution’s international civic engagement credentials (e.g., use of Network’s logo);
  • Publicize your civic engagement work in our newsletter and social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn;
  • Access to our newsletter, which includes announcements of grant opportunities and regional conferences;
  • Share experience and solicit information from peers (administrators, staff, faculty, and students) at member institutions around the world who have similar interests in civic engagement;
  • Represent the Network at national, regional, and international conferences and gatherings focused on university civic engagement;
  • Nominate individual leaders in higher education to serve on the Network’s Steering Committee