Penn IUR Fellows in Urban Leadership

Application Deadline

May 10, 2021

The Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR) is now accepting applications for the 2021-22 class of Penn IUR Fellows in Urban Leadership. The program provides a competitively selected cohort of outstanding Penn undergraduates with the opportunity to engage with and learn from high-level local and regional urban leaders drawn from government, business, and civil society.

Fellows meet, engage, and make lasting connections with high-level urban leaders from the public and private sectors in Philadelphia, gaining unique insights into the interplay of these groups in the stewardship of today’s cities and urban communities.



Application Requirements:

  • Recommendation letter from a professor.
  • 400-500 word essay demonstrating interest in urban-focused issues.
  • Most recent transcript showing academic excellence.
  • Semi-finalists will have a short phone or in-person interview with selection committee members in late April.
  • Selected Fellows will be notified in early May.


Program Requirements:

  • Orientation: A session in September 2021 led by the Penn IUR co-directors and members of the Penn IUR Advisory Board.
  • Monthly Meetings: Meet with public and civic sector leaders from October through April to learn how they manage complex urban systems and discuss the value of civic engagement and public-private partnerships.
  • Reflections: The program’s wrap-up event to celebrate the completion of the program.

Research Offering Location

Research Eligibility: 

Undergraduate School

College Engineering LPS Nursing Wharton

Research Offering Source


Contact Information

Amanda Lloyd, Program Manager of Penn Institute for Urban Research,