Current Fellow

Julia Marchetti

Julia Marchetti is a dual-degree Master’s Candidate at The University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design. As a historian and budding urban planner, Julia is concerned with the intersection of equity, environmental justice, collective memory, and place. She is particularly interested the idea of healing through community-led design and preservation interventions.

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Program Basics

  • Student Fellowships are offered each academic year (September 2019 - May 2020) 
  • Fellow will be paid $1,400 (as long as expected hours are met)
  • Fellow will be highlighted in EDGE (the Division's newsletter) and on the Division's website
  • Fellow will serve as official Student Representative to APA for the Division
  • Applications that include demonstrated interest by a faculty member at the student's university will be viewed most favorably. This need not entail a major time commitment by faculty, but could include guidance for research, suggested contacts for interviews, etc. While this is not necessary, we welcome more active engagement by faculty as well, such as providing synopses of current personal or university department projects, editorials, proposing webinars, or volunteering for the Division leadership team.


  • Applicant must be a full- or part-time student in a field related to Urban Design or Preservation
  • Applicant must be a member of the Division
  • Applicant must be able to commit 2-3 hours a week (approximately 70 hours over the course of the academic year) and be able to participate in the monthly Leadership Call (typically held on the second Monday of the month from 2-3 PM EST).

Potential Tasks and Responsibilities

Applicant must be able to work independently after given basic guidance on tasks. Activities vary semester to semester, but typically Fellows: 

  • Work with Division leadership to prepare for the National Planning Conference
  • Work with the Communications Chair on updates to the newsletter, social media, or website, with other outreach materials as needed
  • Conduct and/or disseminate research on topics of interest to Division membership
  • Assist in Division outreach to academic planning programs and graduate-student organizations, along with other membership initiatives

Application Requirements

  • A two-page (double-spaced) personal statement outlining your academic focus, your interest in urban design/preservation, and your reasons for wanting to work with the Division
  • Resume
  • Letter from your school (or other official documentation) confirming that you will be enrolled in a planning-related program in the relevant academic year
  • Faculty recommendation letter
  • Optional, but recommended: a brief letter from a faculty member demonstrating interest in engaging with the Division, and helping to supervise the candidate during the Fellowship term. (This can be part of the recommendation letter if appropriate.)

Faculty letters can be transmitted separately if desired, but all other materials should be sent in one email to the Division's Fellowship Program Director, Elizabeth Morton.

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 70 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.

Please contact Elizabeth Morton, Fellowship Program Director with any comments or questions.