Application Process

How To Become A National Urban Fellow

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  • All Class of 2020 candidates must complete their application both online and paper. Applications will not be considered complete unless every online form and fillable pdf form is completed and mailed along with all supporting documents.

    Step 1: Complete an Email your resume and completed intent form.

    Instructions

    • Complete Class of 2020 Intent Form online. Click here.
    • Download and complete paper Class of 2020 Intent Form
    • Attach the completed Intent Form and your most updated resume in an email, with the subject line: “2020 Intent Form”, and send it to 2020GTwnIntent@nuf.org.

    To download:   Click here


    Upon receipt of email with supporting documents and your completed online intent form, you will be notified by the Program Department within 5-10 business days, whether or not to continue to Step Two.

  • 2020 Transcript form will be available to download in October 2019
    *Note: this step does not have an online process*

    Instructions

    • Download and complete the form
    • Submit transcript request to your undergraduate and graduate institutions
    • Attach the transcript request form in an email and send it to 2020GTwnTranscript@nuf.org.

    To download: Form to be uploaded soon

    Please note that you need to request 2 official transcripts from each institution you’ve attended.

  • Application for the National Urban Fellows Class of 2020 will be released in October 2019. All Class of 2020 candidates must complete their application both online and paper. Applications will not be considered complete unless every online form and fillable pdf form is completed and mailed along with all supporting documents.

    Instructions

    • Complete Class of 2020 Application Online
    • Download and complete paper application
    • Please print and mail the hardcopy to our office, along with your application via-certified mail with return receipt, money order or certified check made payable to: National Urban Fellows, Inc.
    • Walk-in submissions are welcome Mon – Friday 9am – 5pm.

    Required Documents

    • Two (2) official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended
    • FAFSA application to Georgetown University by 12/2/2019
    • Completed NUF application
    • One page Autobiographical statement
    • Two page Personal statement
    • Two page Career statement
    • Intent form and resume
    • A non-refundable application fee ($150)
    • Three recommendation letters and assessment forms
    • Medical and Immunization Records to Georgetown University upon acceptance in NUF program

    To download: Form to be uploaded soon

  • 2020 Assessment Forms will be available in October 2019

    *Note each applicant is responsible for confirming that the required assessment forms and letters are received by the Program Office.*

    Instructions:

    • Download, complete and submit the assessment forms to your assessors

    Required Documents:

    • Three recommendation letters
    • Three assessment forms
    • You will need to provide your assessors with the following information before they submit the recommendation letter and form:
      • Your name (as entered in the application)
      • Your phone number & your email
    • Assessment forms can be emailed to 2020GTwnAssessment@nuf.org with the subject line: “2020 Assessment”

    To download: Form to be uploaded soon

    Assessors are allowed to forward copies of the recommendation letter and assessment form via-email, but are required to mail in the hard copy version of the recommendation letter.

Application FAQ

  • What type of individual is National Urban Fellows seeking?

    The National Urban Fellows’ Academic & Leadership Development Program is designed for mid-career professionals who are committed to public service careers in the Government and Non Profit sectors. Individuals best-matched 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.

  • 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 Georgetown University nor 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 2020 will be on December 15, 2018.

  • What are the application prerequisites for the Program?

    • U.S. Citizenship
    • Bachelor\’s degree
    • 5-7 years of professional work experience with 2 years in a management capacity
    • Meet the admission requirements of Georgetown University – 3.0 GPA*
    • $500 non-refundable application fee (no fee waivers granted) due upon acceptance and enrollment in National Urban Fellows
    • Co-investment tuition payment of $15,000 due upon acceptance and enrollment in National Urban Fellows
    • Willingness to relocate for mentorship placement
  • 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 Georgetown Faculty, NUF Alumni, and National Urban Fellows’ staff.

    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 President and CEO 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 Mentorship Sites section on our website, which lists the mentorship sites that have participated in past years.

    Does relocation always occur and is it mandatory?

    Relocation is required for all fellows. 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 rewards 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 tuition payment?

    Fellows are expected to make a $15,000 investment in their career and leadership development. This co-investment tuition payment is due March 2020. 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 email the Program Office, info@nuf.org or call  646-380-1049.

Prerequisites

  • 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

Program Requirements

  • Meet the admission requirements of Georgetown University – 3.0 GPA*
  • $150 Application Fee (no fee waivers granted)
  • $500 non-refundable registration fee due upon acceptance and enrollment in NUF program
  • Co-investment tuition payment of $15,000 due upon acceptance and enrollment in NUF program
  • Willingness to relocate, as required by mentorship
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