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Global Fellowship in Urban Practice

The Gallatin Global Fellowship in Urban Practice (GGFUP), which is managed by the Urban Democracy Lab, provides funding of up to $5,000 and support for 6-10 advanced undergraduate and Master's students to pursue extended, community-engaged, practice-based research projects in partnership with urban social justice organizations in New York, Madrid, Chicago, Jackson, MS, and Berlin. Based on a vision of sharing resources, producing practical scholarly research, and self-reflexively critiquing systems of power and privilege, this fellowship is built upon established long-term partnerships with community-based organizations. Each research project is co-designed by the host organization with faculty mentors and GGFUP fellows. Visit the Gallatin Global Fellowship in Urban Practice page about the program, past fellows, faculty mentors, community partners, and student projects.


A Two-Semester Program

Spring Semester

Fellows are required to attend and participate actively in a two-credit seminar during which they will engage in background reading on their topics and study cities, review the ethical framework of community-engaged research, and learn research methods. The seminar will culminate in a required, week-to-week research plan devised in collaboration with partner organizations and faculty mentors.

Summer Term

Fellows must commit  up to 10 weeks of work on a summer project with a partnering community organization. This means living on-site for the entire fellowship period and devoting at least 20 hours per week to the organization. Note: The length of the summer research term is determined by the community partner and, in the case of research taking place in cities where NYU has a site, by the site’s summer calendar.

Fellows will be supported in their work by a supervisor at the organization, a local faculty mentor, and the fellowship coordinator. They are required to be accountable to each of these stakeholders through regular meetings, the successful completion of on-line assignments, and a pre-determined reporting schedule. When appropriate, all stakeholders will meet in person or via web conferencing at the midterm of the summer research period.

Application Procedures

The application deadline has been extended to Nocember 18, 2019.

The program is open to all Gallatin students, undergraduate and M.A. students in Sociology and Social and Cultural Analysis, and M.A.-only students in Latin American Studies and Wagner. Students should have a clear academic focus on urbanism or urban studies. All fellows must plan to be in residence at NYU Washington Square in Spring 2020.

Please note that advanced language proficiency in Spanish for Madrid fellows is required and desirable for New York and Chicago. For the African Communities Together partnership, advanced French, Arabic, or other African languages are desirable. German is preferred, but not required, for Berlin fellows.

After reading about the program, interested students should:

Go to the Gallatin Global Fellowship in Urban Practice Application form for specific instructions and requirements.

Commit to participate in all elements of the program as outlined above, including the spring seminar, summer research collaboration, and on-line component.

Plan to attend one of the following Information Sessions (all locations are at 1 Washington Place):

  • October 11 at 3:30pm in 501
  • October 17 at 1pm at 20 Cooper Square, Room 222
  • October 28 at 11am in 620

For more information, check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page or contact the Urban Democracy Lab at


urban democracy lab