The National Urban Fellows’ Academic & Leadership Development Fellowship Program is a rigorous, 14-month, full-time graduate degree program comprising four semesters of academic course work and a nine-month Mentorship assignment. During their Mentorship, Fellows complete course work via distance learning. Fellows receive a $25,000 stipend, health reimbursement, a book allowance, relocation and travel reimbursement, full payment of tuition, and professional leadership development. Additionally, Fellows are required to make a $7,500 co-investment to their National Urban Fellows experience.

The program culminates in a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the City of New York's Baruch College, Austin Marxe School of Public and International Affairs. An MPA degree is awarded to Fellows upon completion of all academic and program requirements.  Following graduation, Fellows become part of a prestigious group of well over 1,400 diverse public service leaders who have gone on to assume influential positions across government, philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. 

Launched in 2010, with support from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, our Health Policy Advocacy and Education Initiative further develops Fellows’ awareness of health disparities within our communities during the program.  The Initiative introduces Fellows to the health related issues and circumstances impacting the populations served in public service.  Programming was designed to support all emerging leaders, irrespective of their final career tracks, with an understanding of the social determinants of health and their implication on policy and practice being critical for professional development as a leader in public service. 

Fellows apply their expertise in the public sector, contributing their newly acquired leadership skills to public service for the betterment of their communities and the nation. They return to their former or new occupations more experienced in public policy decision-making and are better prepared to make a strong commitment to equity and social justice, thereby fulfilling the mission of the program.  Fellows give back to the organization that supported them, recognizing that their ongoing commitment, engagement and annual giving will help to secure the future of National Urban Fellows.

Since 1969, National Urban Fellows has developed leaders reflective of the diverse individuals, talents and backgrounds of our changing nation.  Be a part of the Class of 2018 today!