Current Fellow

Shraddha Nadkarni, Division Fellow

Shraddha Nadkarni is a PhD candidate in the program of Urban Systems, jointly offered by Rutgers University – Newark and New Jersey Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on conducting comparative studies in international urban development. In her doctoral dissertation, she is building holistic framework through an integration of spatial, social, political, and economic components to compare the level of development in American and Indian cities.

Learn More About Shraddha

Program Goal

Our goal is to promote interest and career development for emerging professionals in the fields of urban planning, design and preservation by providing an opportunity to network with senior leadership professionals and contribute to Division outreach activities.

Program Basics (Updated for Summer 2021)

  • The fellow is typically paid up to $1,200 (as long as expected hours are met) and highlighted in our Division Newsletter and on our Division's website.


  • Applicant must be a recent graduate or student in a field related to Urban Design or Preservation (e.g., planning, historic preservation, architecture, etc.)
  • Applicant must be a member of the APA's Urban Design and Preservation Division (or become a member prior to beginning the fellowship)
  • Applicant must be able to commit an average of 5-10 hours a week to fellowship work (up to 60 hours for 8 weeks)

Potential Tasks and Responsibilities

Applicant must be able to work independently after given basic guidance on tasks.

  • Work with Division Leadership on updates to the Urban Design & Preservation Division's newsletter, social media channels, and website.
  • Other potential projects will be added as Leadership members discuss the next round of fellowship funding.

Typical Application Requirements

  • Resume
  • Personal statement (max. 250 words) - Outline your academic focus, your interest in urban design/preservation, and your reasons for wanting to work with the Urban Design & Preservation Division
  • Portfolio - Show us your experience with graphic design related to community engagement and marketing efforts. This could include links to websites or videos.
  • Letter from your school (or other official documentation such as an email from your department chair or department academic advisor) confirming you will be enrolled in a planning-related program for the relevant academic year. 

About the Program

The intent of the UDP Fellowship Program is to foster increased interest in the study of, and specialization in, urban design and historic preservation, and the interrelationship between these two areas of planning at the advanced undergraduate and graduate levels.

Up to two paid fellowships are awarded annually. The term of the fellowship may span anywhere from six months to one year and will include approximately 80 work hours. The fellow will receive a stipend commensurate to the agreed-upon work hours. Fellows conduct their fellowship duties remotely, and report directly to the Division's Executive Committee.