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About the Fellowship

Each academic year, Pratt Center selects a number of Pratt Institute graduate students to work alongside staff members on urban planning and policy projects. Pratt Center interviews applicants and selects those who best fit the organization and its work. Each fellow is assigned to a staff “mentor” who supervises their work and provides field training and career mentorship. The fellowship requires two days a week (a total of 14 hours) in Pratt Center’s office on the Pratt Institute Brooklyn Campus, and fellows are paid a stipend toward their tuition of $3,000 per semester.

The fellowship provides a unique opportunity for graduate students to apply what they learn in the classroom to the “real world” practice of planning and community development, as well as networking opportunities  that can be crucial to job placement after graduation. Pratt Center Fellows have the opportunity to meet and work with a broad spectrum of community-based organizations, city agencies, citywide think tanks, and elected officials with whom Pratt Center engages throughout New York City.

In addition to their day-to-day work, there are monthly facilitated workshops that give fellows a chance to go in-depth on several relevant topics such as using data to tell stories; approaches to and considerations for engaging community stakeholders; and planning through the lens of racial justice.