Gallatin 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, Chicago, Jackson, Berlin, and Madrid.

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.

Spring Term

January — May

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. All fellows must plan to enroll in the seminar, whether it is offered in person, online, or in hybrid format.

Summer Term

June — August

Fellows must commit to 10 weeks of work on a summer project with a partnering community organization. This means 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 should be prepared to work remotely in the event that travel and/or in person work is not possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 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. Fellows cannot graduate earlier than September 2021.

The application deadline for the 2020-21 academic year is November 18, 2020.

Please note that advanced language proficiency in Spanish for Madrid fellows is required and desirable for New York and Chicago. For EOTO, French, German, or African languages are desirable, but not required.


After reading about the program, reviewing our dedicated web site for the program, learning about our community partners, and reviewing our Frequently Asked Questions, interested students should:

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

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

  3. Watch the recording from one of our October Information sessions on NYU Stream.

For more information, contact the Urban Democracy Lab at