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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Current Fellow

Michelle Castro-Pilar

Michelle Castro-Pilar is a recent graduate from the University of California San Diego. In June of 2020, she completed her bachelor's degree in Urban Studies and Planning with a minor in Environmental Systems. As an emerging planner, Michelle wishes to respond to changing urban environments in order to support the vitality of our existing and future communities. As a UDP Fellow, she aims to further develop her understanding of the benefits that human-scaled design and community-led interventions have in our ability to create meaningful spaces that preserve community values and are accessible to all.

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Program Basics (Updated for Summer 2020)

  • Student fellowships have been offered this summer — June - August 2020
  • Fellows will be paid up to $1,600 (as long as expected hours are met)
  • Fellows will be highlighted in EDGE and on our website


  • Applicant must be a recent graduate or student in a field related to Urban Design or Historic Preservation
  • Applicant must be a member of the Urban Design and Preservation Division
  • Applicant must be able to commit an average of 5-10 hours a week (up to 80 hours for 10 weeks)

Potential Tasks and Responsibilities

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

  • Develop a project that documents the work and experience of urban designers and historic preservation professionals during COVID-19
  • Work with Division Leadership on updates to the newsletter, social media, and website

Application Requirements

  • Resume
  • Personal Statement (250 words): Outline your academic focus, your interest in urban design / preservation, and your reasons for wanting to work with the Division
  • Concept Statement: Describe your idea for a project that documents the work and experience of urban designers and historic preservation professionals during COVID-19. Also provide an answer to the following questions: 1. Is this a feasible project to complete during the 10 weeks? 2. What experience do you have that prepares you to do this type of project?  Please include work samples in PDF or website links
  • Letter from your school (or other official documentation) confirming that you will be enrolled in a planning-related program in the relevant academic year.

Applications are not being accepted at this time. Thank you for your interest in our fellowship program—if you have any questions, please email Lauren Trice, Division Chair.

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.