We believe fellows will best succeed at shaping the urban and natural environment by drawing upon the full range of people who live, work and play there.

Fundamental to the Fellowship is the belief that the experience of the year in residence is enhanced by sharing it with people from a wide variety of cultural heritages, lived experience, and professional training. The ideal fellows share the Fellowship’s value of mutual learning with people from different perspectives and cultures.

We strongly encourage women, people of color, nationals from countries outside the US, and professionals with experience in diverse community settings to consider applying to the Fellowship. A completed degree in higher education is not a requirement. Professionals with atypical backgrounds or unusual career paths, who have demonstrated the capacity to make a difference in their fields, are encouraged to apply.

The Fellowship supports student groups concerned with diversity issues, including Women in Design, Queer in Design, Latin GSD, and the African American Student Union, promoting activities for a more rich and inclusive community.