The Urban Fellows Programme (UFP) is scholarship-based, nine-month, full-time, residential and inter-disciplinary, situated at the IIHS City Campus in Bengaluru. It seeks to equip, nurture and prepare a new generation of graduates and young professionals committed to the common good, who can become change-makers, team players, original thinkers, reﬂective practitioners, entrepreneurs and thought leaders to address India's complex urban challenges.
The UFP combines classroom-based teaching, site-based applied learning, work in live projects, and external internships to introduce learners to diverse forms of urban practice. Applicants should be born on or after 1 August 1991 to be eligible.
Through the UFP, Fellows understand issues of urbanisation in India and the global South; learn from practice; develop skills necessary to tackle key urban issues in India; build an inter-disciplinary foundation; network with thought leaders and change makers; and learn from a diverse and experienced faculty.
The UFP consists of seven key Learning Elements:
The Commons: Using a mix of classroom-based teaching, and case-based learning, the Commons is where Fellows understand the diﬀerent approaches, systems, aspects and components that make up the urban.
Elective Modules: Electives build on concepts and skills taught in the Commons and allow learners to create their own trajectory through the UFP by focusing on particular sectors and focus areas they want to develop.
Applied Practica and Projects: The Practica are term-length, site-based applied learning modules that enable Fellows to integrate theory with practice as well as to deploy skills and concepts learned in the classroom to imagine and develop appropriate, innovative and sustainable solutions for the Indian context. The Fellows are also placed with different project teams within IIHS which enables real-time application of the theory and skills they learn during the UFP.
Exposure Visit: Through a series of ﬁeld-based exposure trips in cities of diﬀerent sizes and types, Fellows are exposed to complex problems in the real world. They observe, diagnose and conceptualise solutions to real life problems in small towns as well as in larger cities in India. In 2020-21, Exposure Visits to cities outside Karnataka were not conducted due to Covid-19 travel restrictions. However, these visits are an integral component of the UFP, and for the 2021-22 batch will be initiated after taking into account relevant COVID-19 guidelines, IIHS’s operating procedures and safety protocols.
Masterclasses: Masterclasses provide Fellows with opportunities to meet thought-leaders and practitioners from India and across the world, to learn about their work and the challenges they face as practitioners in diﬀerent disciplines and domains.
Skill Labs: Fellows are also equipped with the most appropriate technical, analytical and professional skills that are taught through a series of labs, as well as through assignments and the Practica and Projects.
Internship: UFP provides for a two-month internship for all Fellows in order to facilitate the transition from classroom learning to the complex world of work and practice. Internships are oﬀered in government departments and public institutions, private ﬁrms and practices, non-governmental organisations, research think-tanks, development sector organisations and planning and design ﬁrms, among others.
Application deadline for the UFP is 11 April, 2021. For more information, visit urbanfellows.iihs.co.in
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