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Fellowships for Urban and Regional Planning

The Urban and Regional Planning program currently offers two fellowships - the Brademas Fellowship and the Joseph and Nancy Keithley Summer Fellowship.

Taubman College Fellowships for Urban and Regional Planning

Established in 1997 with a generous gift from Thomas Brademas, who obtained his Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from the University of Michigan in 1955, the Brademas Fellowship is designated to provide financial support for urban and regional planning students working in community-based organizations to strengthen low-income neighborhoods. The Joseph and Nancy Keithley Summer Fellowship program, made possible by the generosity of Joseph (M.B.A. '76) and Nancy Keithley provides funding up to $7,500 for summer employment at LAND studio in Cleveland, Ohio.

Brademas Fellowship

The Brademas Fellowship was established in 1997 with a generous gift from Thomas Brademas, who obtained his Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Michigan in 1955. 

While at the University of Michigan, Brademas had an internship with the City of Detroit that had a profound impact on him. In 1958 he went on to found the firm City Planning Associates in Mishawaka, Indiana. He had many stories from his work on recovery from the devastation of the 1964 Alaska earthquake and tidal wave and from the many affordable housing projects that he undertook. Brademas was deeply committed to community service to in improving the lives of the people who have the least. This fellowship is designated to provide financial support for urban and regional planning students working in community-based organizations to strengthen low-income neighborhoods.

Eligibility:
To be eligible for the fellowship you must be a first year Master of Urban and Regional Planning student who has completed all of the first year core program courses.

To Apply:
The fellowship award is made on the basis of the applicant's academic and professional record (resume) and their passion for working in non-profit organizations in the city of Detroit. Applications will be available in the beginning of March and applicants will be notified of their status by the end of the semester.

Past Community Development Organizations that have hosted Brademas Fellowships:

  • Brightmoor Alliance
  • City of Detroit
  • Community Development Advocates of Detroit (CDC)
  • Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice (DWEJ)
  • East Michigan Environmental Action Coalition (EMEAC)
  • Focus: HOPE
  • Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation
  • Greening of Detroit
  • Jefferson East Business Assn. (JEBA)
  • Lower Eastside Action Plan (LEAP)
  • Southwest Detroit Business Assn. (SDBA)
  • Southwest Economic Solutions
  • Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision (SDEV)
  • United Community Housing Coalition (UCHC)
  • Urban Neighborhood Initiatives (UNI)
  • U-SNAP-BAC (United Streets Networking and Planning; Building A Community)
  • Vanguard Community Development Organization
  • WARM Training Center
  • Warren/Conner Development Coalition

Keithley Summer Fellowship

The Joseph and Nancy Keithley Summer Fellowship program is made possible by generous financial support from Joseph (M.B.A. '76) and Nancy Keithley. The Fellowship provides funding up to $7,500 for summer employment at LAND studio in Cleveland, Ohio.

Eligibility:
To be eligible for the fellowship you must be a master's student in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning or Master of Architecture program who has completed core program courses.

To Apply:
The fellowship award is made on the basis of the applicant's academic and professional record (resume) and their passion for working in non-profit organizations that focus on enhancing public spaces. LAND studio's mission is to create places and connect people through public art, sustainable building and design, collaborative planning, and dynamic programming. Applications will be available in the beginning of March and applicants will be notified of their status by the end of April.

Joseph and Nancy Keithley Summer Fellowship Recipients:

  • 2013 Christian Roadman, M.U.P '14
  • 2014 Betsy Cooper, M.U.P. '15
  • 2015 Chris Ford, M.Arch '16
  • 2016 Olivia Lu-Hill, M.Arch '18

UM Fellowships (non-Taubman College)

Dow Sustainability Fellows Program

This component of the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program includes a select group of full-time graduate students pursuing terminal masters and other professional degrees at U-M – Ann Arbor Each year, 40 fellows are selected from a pool of candidates nominated by Schools and Colleges throughout the University. Each cohort begins in January and concludes in December of the same year.  In addition to receiving a $20K stipend ($10K per semester), each masters/professional fellow participates in collaborative engagement activities and a substantial interdisciplinary team project. Co-curricular programming consists of monthly seminars and workshops involving a diverse array of sustainability practitioners in addition to other activities.

Rackham Program in Public Scholarship    

Rackham students are eligible to receive up to $8,000 to develop and implement mutually-beneficial projects designed in collaboration with non-academic partners. Grants may be awarded to individual students working with a community partner or those working as part of a multidisciplinary team. The application deadline is in October.

Foreign Language and Area Study Fellowship        

Tuition and stipend for students studying designated foreign languages in combination with area studies or international aspects of professional studies.These awards can be for a full year or for the summer. The application deadline is in January.

President’s Advisory Committee on Labor Standards and Human Rights: Graduate Student Internship Travel Award (Ann Arbor, MI)

Funding available to U-M graduate students in social work and other areas of study interested in addressing, evaluating or improving global labor standards and monitoring.  This internship award provides financial and logistical support of $5500 to internships focused broadly on addressing, evaluating or improving global labor standards and monitoring. The University of Michigan President’s Advisory Committee on Labor Standards and Human Rights (PACLSHR) helps support internships that contribute to the University’s effort to improve international labor standards. The application deadline is in January.

Center for the Education of Women Scholarships and Fellowships

Multiple opportunities; information posted in December

Mellon Public Humanities Fellowship

These fellowships provide humanities doctoral students with summer stipends (generally $2,000 to $5,000) to support an extended opportunity to increase their capacities as scholars while exploring expanded career paths at a variety of host sites. The application deadline is in February.

Jean Monnet Graduate Fellowship / UM Center for European Studies

Summer grants of $5,000 to advanced graduate students working on contemporary or historical issues relating to Europe. Must be returning to school after the summer. The application deadline is in February.

Wallenberg Summer Travel Fellowship

Spring/Summer; One Bagramian Award ($2,500) for a graduate student pursuing a project related to the field of public health. The application deadline is in February.

Rackham International Research Award

Competitive award (up to $10,000) to support doctoral and master’s students conducting degree-related research outside the United States and Puerto Rico. The application deadline is in February.

Non-UM Fellowships for Urban and Regional Planning

Daniel J. Curtin, Jr. Fellowship

Work remotely for 10 months.
The purpose is to foster increased interest in the study of land use planning and its interrelationship with the law at the advanced undergraduate, graduate, and law school levels. Open to third and fourth year undergraduate students, master’s degree students, and certain law students. $2500 award, includes $1000 toward APA membership and conference costs. The application deadline is in September.

Presidential Management Fellowship

2 year federal government role.
October application deadline - Watch in September, application is only open for two weeks!

Hart Howerton Fellowship

Summer internship in San Francisco/New York AND international. The application deadline is in January.

Great Lakes Commission Sea Grant Fellowship (Ann Arbor, MI)

The application deadline is in February.

Peters Fellowship - Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (Chicago, IL)

Paid work and enrichment experience in one of the nation's largest metropolitan areas at a major regional planning agency. The application deadline is in February.

CREW Scholarships

The CREW Network Foundation scholarship program supports future female leaders as they pursue university-level education that will lead to careers in commercial real estate. Award: $5000 toward tuition and books, paid summer internship. The application deadline is in April.

Questions

Questions? Contact the Urban and Regional Planning Career Services (Lou Ecken, mecken@umich.edu).