Call for Applications: 2015 Urban and Regional Policy Fellowships

Urban and Regional Policy Fellowship Program
2015 Call for Pre-Applications

The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is pleased to grant a number of travel fellowships each year through its Urban and Regional Policy Program, which focuses on the policy issues and challenges common to metropolitan regions and communities in the United States and Europe. 
Urban and Regional Policy Fellowships provide opportunities for practitioners and policy-makers working on economic, environmental, and social challenges at the urban and regional levels to meet with their counterparts across the Atlantic and examine policies that have been successfully implemented to address similar needs. Fellowships will introduce policy leaders to innovative strategies and equip them with the information, tools, and connections necessary to implement them. Fellows travel for short-term (3-5 weeks) research periods, with the goal of returning to their work equipped with the ideas and insights necessary to effect significant and lasting change in their own communities. The fellowship travel period will be between September 2015 and May 2016.
Who Should Apply
GMF welcomes applications from U.S. or European mid-career professionals with an interest in gaining an understanding of how similar urban and regional challenges are approached in a policy context other than their own and an ability to translate lessons learned into policy action. Applicants must be policymakers or practitioners in state or local government, leaders from the private sector, or representatives of non-profit and policy organizations and have at least seven years of experience in their field.
For this cycle, GMF welcomes fellowship proposals under three core topics: (1) inclusive cities; (2) urban energy, waste, and water; and (3) models of collaboration. Additionally, GMF welcomes fellowship proposals under two special topics for 2015-2016: (1) security and smart cities; and (2) creative placemaking. See the full fellowship summary for more information on these five topics and the pre-application requirements.
How to Apply
GMF welcomes interested candidates to read through the fellowship summary on our website for further details on the fellowship and the full application process. The deadline for submission of pre-applications is April 15, 2015. Successful pre-applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by May 1, 2015.
For additional information, see our FAQ or contact Bartek Starodaj, program coordinator (
Major funding for the fellowship program is provided by the Compagnia di San Paolo and Bank of America.

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