The Robert A. Catlin/David W. Long
Memorial Fellowship

Deadline: March 6, 2015, 5:00 p.m. EST

Mission Statement of the Planning and the Black Community Division (PBCD)

To provide a forum for planners, administrators, public officials, students, and other APA members to address issues of significance to the Black community; and promote knowledge exchange between members and other organizations, encourage and support professional development among Black planners, and provide career information.


Named after committed planners and long-standing PBCD members, The Robert A. Catlin/David W. Long Memorial Fellowship is designed to foster an increased interest in the profession of urban planning among Black students. The goal of the fellowship is to encourage the pursuit and achievement of the growing number of Black graduate students entering the urban planning profession. The goal is to create a critical mass of Black planning professionals who support one another, and provide new perspectives on issues facing the communities that they serve.

Eligibility Criteria

The $1,500 fellowship is available to Black undergraduate students who have been accepted in an urban planning program for graduate studies and Black graduate students majoring in urban planning or a related field (environmental studies, geography, urban studies, urban policy etc.) Current graduate students may not be in the final semester of their programs. Undergraduate students applying to graduate planning programs must show proof of acceptance and intent to enroll if awarded the fellowship. Students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities are especially encouraged to apply. The applicant should be in good academic standing and active member of their community. The $1,500 fellowship will be awarded to the student to cover costs associated with the pursuit of their studies, and will be paid over a three month period during the summer.

Application Process

Download and complete the fellowship application.

  • Application Requirements
  • Fellowship Application
  • Personal Statement
  • Proof of enrollment in graduate planning program or letter of  acceptance to graduate planning program
  • One Letter of Recommendation
  • Academic Transcript (Unofficial)

The fellowship will begin on June 1, 2015 and end on or before August 28, 2015. The $1,500 fellowship will be paid directly to the student in installments of $500 per month for three consecutive months during the time of service. The fellow shall work to complete a service project as defined by the members of the Executive Committee. Fellowship project examples could include but may not be limited to conference planning, conducting policy research, and coordination of special division related projects. The fellowship project will be tailored in coordination with the award recipient and PBCD.

Fellowship Application (pdf)

Examples of personal statements and letters of recommendation (pdf)

A review committee comprised of members of the division shall review applications and select a recipient. The Fellow will be teamed with a PBCD member(s) to guide them through their project. Upon completion, the Fellow will present their research at a future National Planning Conference!


All materials must be received by the PBCD Vice Chairperson of Programs, via e-mail by 11:59 p.m. EST, March 6, 2015 to The subject line of the e-mail must include the following: "PBCD Fellowship Application"


For more information, contact PBCD Vice Chairperson of Programs at