Urban Leaders Fellowship Program
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Next American City Urban Leaders Fellowship
The Goal of the Fellowship
The purpose of the Next American City Urban Leaders Fellowship Program is
to support emerging journalists, leaders and thinkers. Through
contributions to Next American City magazine and its larger non-profit
organization, the fellows will have a sustained and positive impact on
cities. In order to spark the social entrepreneurship and policy changes
that will ensure that cities across America grow economically while
simultaneously addressing social and environmental challenges, we need to
continue building a strong and diverse network of thinkers and doers who
will develop new ideas to improve cities.
Our fellows ? hailing from diverse areas and communities across the
country ? will expand the reach of Next American City?s editorial content,
event series, and impact on other media. This program will have a
long-term positive impact on cities and urban communities by encouraging
young leaders to focus their careers on urban issues.
We will be looking for candidates with related published writing, as well
as passionate urban thinkers, activists and professionals working in
city-related professions ? law, urban planning, social work, real estate
development, education and others. Candidates must have a demonstrated
area of interest that they would like to further develop through writing
and advocacy opportunities made available by the Urban Leaders Fellowship.
Focus of Fellowship
At the outset, each fellow will identify potential areas of topical and/or
geographical focus according to his or her interests and expertise.
Fellows will work closely with Next American City editors to develop this
focus at the start of the fellowship and determine how the fellow will
pursue writing about it. Each fellow will conduct significant research in
this focus area with the purpose of developing a unique perspective and
voice of authority on that topic and further developing their area of
Some examples of potential areas of focus include Rebuilding the Gulf
Coast, Rustbelt Recovery, Channeling Growth in the Southwest,
Entrepreneurship, Affordable Housing, Education, Technology and Cities,
The Economic Crisis (foreclosures, gas prices, inflation and their effects
on cities), The New Federal Agenda and so on.
Fellows will be required to make periodic visits to our Philadelphia
office to meet with our editors and staff, but will otherwise operate out
of their location of focus. Approved travel-related expenses will be
At the start of the fellowship, Next American City will work with the
fellows to develop detailed job descriptions and outline specific
deliverables for their time with Next American City. Fellows can expect to
write at least two, 2,500-word feature stories for our print magazine, as
well as several web features and blog posts each month. He or she will
coordinate a corresponding multimedia project incorporating video and
audio for the web and broadcast. Fellows must also work to develop
substantive, pragmatic solutions for his or her region or topic of focus
through the placement of op-eds in major newspapers, participation in
relevant events, conferences, and panel discussions, and radio
Learning and Enrichment
Fellows will work with Next American City editors to establish contacts in
the field, identify key conferences and events, and find partner
organizations with which to work on op-eds and advocacy on local issues
related to their fellowship focus.
As part of the fellowship program, Next American City will provide fellows
with convening and enrichment opportunities to increase learning and
encourage sharing of ideas. The fellows will have opportunities to attend
and report on relevant conferences and symposia, and conduct interviews
with key speakers and organizers.
Fellows will be looped into our production process to provide additional
opportunities for learning and for contributing to the visual language ?
art, design and production ? of the magazine and website.
Each fellow will receive a $10,000 stipend as part of their 9-month
fellowship. Approved travel expenses will be covered as well.
The Urban Leaders Fellowships represent a part-time commitment; we
anticipate chosen candidates will be engaged in other pursuits in their
field while taking on the fellowship and encourage connections between
Two fellowships are currently available. The first begins November 1, 2008
and ends July, 2009. Application deadline is September 15, 2008. The
second fellowship begins February 1, 2009 and ends October 2009.
Application deadline is December 1, 2008.
Prospective candidates must complete the application form and submit the
following materials: a cover letter, CV/résumé listing professional
writing and/or relevant experience and published works, three professional
references and three writing samples. Applicants must also submit an essay
of no more than 1,500 words identifying his or her interest in the
fellowship and possible regional and topical foci for the term with Next
Completed application packages will be accepted via mail, email, or fax:
Next American City
1315 Walnut Street, Suite 902
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
P. 215.546.4128, F. 215.261.6009
Norman J. Glickman
Center for Urban Policy Research and
NSF Center for Learning and Teaching--MetroMath
Civic Square Building
33 Livingston Ave. Suite 360
New Brunswick NJ 08901-1982
Tel: 732.932.3133 x570
Chair, New Brunswick Faculty Council
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