Current Division Fellow
Bryan Botello of Virginia Tech is a second-year graduate student, a current graduate assistant, and has worked in our nation's capital as a legislative assistant. He'll mostly be working with the Division's Communications Team to enhance our outreach efforts. Read more about Bryan.
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.
- 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 4-6 hours a week (approximately 70 hours for the semester) and be able to participate in the monthly Leadership Call (typically held on the third Thursday of the month from 12-1 PM EST).
- Applications that include demonstrated interest by a faculty member at the students 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.
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.
- 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 UDP Division
- Letter from your school (or other official documentation) confirming that you will be enrolled in a planning-related program in the academic year 2018-19
- 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.)
To indicate your interest in becoming a fellow, please contact our Fellowship Program Director, Elizabeth Morton.