Academic & Leadership Development Fellowship Program

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


General Information

What type of individual is National Urban Fellows seeking?

The National Urban Fellows’ Academic & Leadership Development Fellowship Program is designed for mid-career professionals who are committed to public service careers in the Government and Non Profit sectors. Individuals most likely to fulfill the organization’s mission will demonstrate leadership skills with potential for further growth and a passion to work for equity and social justice. Fellows should possess strong personal character, integrity, and a sound work ethic; they should also be self- disciplined and have a positive attitude.

What is the expectation of a Fellow after graduation?

NUF Fellows are expected to apply their expertise in the public sector, contributing their newly acquired leadership skills in public service for the betterment of communities across the nation and around the world. Fellows are expected to return to their former or new occupations more experienced in public policy decision-making and better prepared to make a strong commitment to equity and social justice, thereby fulfilling the mission of the program. NUF Fellows are also expected to give back through ongoing engagement and involvement, including annual giving and support.

Can I seek employment while in the Fellowship program?

Due to the demanding schedule of this Fellowship, employment or paid consulting work is prohibited. It would be impossible to maintain the necessary grade point average and participate fully in the mentorship if employed.

Application and Eligibility

Is the GRE required for acceptance into the National Urban Fellows’ Academic & Leadership Development Fellowship Program?

No, Graduate Record Exam scores are not required by Baruch College, C.U.N.Y. or the NUF Program.

Is there an age restriction for applying to the program?

There is no age restriction for applying to the program; however, the National Urban Fellows’ Academic & Leadership Development Fellowship Program is designed for mid-career professionals who possess 5-7 years of experience in a management or administrative capacity.

Are applicants required to undergo a security and background investigation?

Yes.  Upon acceptance into the National Urban Fellows program, Fellows should expect to undergo security and background checks; both are common employment practices in the Government and Non Profit sectors.

When is the deadline for all application materials?

The deadline for all application materials for the class of 2018 is 5:00PM EST on Friday, December 2, 2016.

What are the application pre-requisites for the Program?


  • U.S. Citizenship

  • Bachelor's degree

  • 5-7 years of professional work experience with 2 years in a management capacity

  • Leadership capacity with potential for further growth

  • Demonstrated commitment to public service


How are Fellows selected?

The National Urban Fellows’ Screening Committee reviews applications for outstanding candidates and makes recommendations to the Interviewing Committee. The Interviewing Committee makes its selections based on submitted documents and personal/group assessments. The Committee is comprised of Baruch Faculty, NUF Alumni, and National Urban Fellows’ staff.

Academic & Leadership Development Fellowship Program

         How are mentorships assigned?

Mentors are recruited each year for the incoming class; therefore, every class will have a different set of mentors. Mentors interview as many Fellows as possible in order to find the best fit for their organization. Ultimately, the Director of Programs is responsible for assigning Fellows to their Mentorship assignment; however, the needs of Mentors and Fellows are carefully assessed in order to create the best experience for both.

Can my present employer serve as my Mentor?

While it is not common, if a company wishes to sponsor an individual we may be able to accommodate the request. Our main goal is to ensure that the Mentorship will provide the Fellow with a unique experience in an environment that is different from his or her present organization.  

What are the mentorship assignments for the current class?

Please see the Mentors’ profiles section on our website, which lists the mentors for the current class.

Does relocation always occur and is it mandatory?

In almost every case, relocation does occur and is required. On a few occasions (very few), Fellows are offered Mentorship sites in their home city or states. This is more often the exception than the rule.


        What are the awards and benefits of the Fellowship?

In addition to ongoing personal and professional development, Fellows receive a $25,000 stipend distributed over the 14 months of the program, health insurance, a book allowance, relocation and travel reimbursement as well as payment of tuition. Fellows also receive travel and lodging to the National Leadership Conference held in January.

Is there an application fee for the program?

Yes. Upon acceptance and enrollment into the program Fellows pay a $500 non-refundable program administration fee.

What is the co-investment?

Fellows are expected to make a $5,000 investment in their career and leadership development. This co-investment is due June 15, 2017. Please note that there are a variety of payment options available to Fellows.  

How are special needs – such as disabilities – for Fellows handled?

National Urban Fellows complies with all government guidelines and regulations as they apply to individuals with disabilities. Baruch College provides assistance and accommodations as required by New York State and Federal law.  

How are previously scheduled commitments – such as a vacation – handled during the Fellowship year?

Individuals who apply for a Fellowship are obligated to comply with all National Urban Fellows policies and regulations. Exceptions are not permitted.

Where can I direct additional questions?

Please reach out President and CEO, Miguel A. Garcia Jr., for any further questions (e) (o) 718-730-7490