APA Scholarships and Fellowships

The following American Planning Association awards are made to students currently enrolled in degree programs in planning as described below.

Judith McManus Price Scholarship

Deadline: April 30, every year (announcement of winners expected the following August of each year)
Academic Standing: Undergraduate or graduate planning students

Women and minority (African American, Hispanic American, or Native American) students enrolled in an approved Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) planning program who are citizens of the United States, intend to pursue careers as practicing planners in the public sector, and are able to demonstrate a genuine financial need are eligible to apply for this scholarship which will range between $2,000 to $4,000.

Current and previous award recipients

Charles Abrams Scholarship

Deadline: April 30, every year (announcement of winners expected the following August of each year)
Academic Standing: graduate planning students

For citizens of the United States who are enrolled or have been accepted for enrollment at the graduate planning programs of Columbia, Harvard, MIT, New School University, or the University of Pennsylvania, an award of $2,000 is made.

The Charles Abrams Scholarship is an annual partial scholarship to a student who is enrolled in a graduate planning program leading to a master's degree in one of the five schools at which Charles Abrams taught and who has been nominated by the program's department chair. The student chosen for this award must demonstrate a genuine financial need. The program is designed to aid students who will pursue careers as practicing planners.

Students from the following schools are eligible:

  • Columbia University, Division of Urban Planning
  • Harvard University, Urban Planning Program (Master in Urban Planning) Harvard Graduate School of Design (formerly Harvard University, City & Regional Planning Program of the Graduate School of Architecture and Design)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Urban Studies & Planning
  • New School University, Urban Policy Analysis & Management Program, Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management & Urban Policy (formerly New School for Social Research, New York, Department for Urban Affairs & Policy Analysis)
  • University of Pennsylvania, Department of City & Regional Planning

Applications for this scholarship must be submitted through a student's planning program.

Current and previous award recipients

APA Planning Fellowships

This fellowship program is currently on hiatus.

Previous award recipients


For questions concerning APA Scholarships and Fellowships, please contact Monica Groh, Director of Emerging Professionals, at mgroh@planning.org.