NC-APA Fellowship

The Diversity Committee is a working committee within the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-NC). Our mission is to increase diversity within the planning profession. The Committee actively promotes diversity among planners and planning-related organizations in North Carolina. Recognizing the unique values, ideas and perspectives offered by a diverse workforce, the Committee establishes ongoing networking and education forums to foster awareness and action towards increasing diversity within the planning profession.

The Fellowship is open to third and fourth year undergraduate students and first and second year Masters degree students. The Committee will work along with the Fellow to place them with a local government, private, or non-profit organization within the State of North Carolina for an internship in a Planning related field. The $2,000 stipend will be paid to by the Committee to the fellow on a biweekly basis throughout the 10 week period of the fellowship. The fellow is expected to work 20 hours per week with their organization gaining practical planning experience. Biweekly check-ins will occur between and the Committee and the organization. The fellow is expecting to write a brief 300 word statement at the end of the summer as well as have a final evaluation.


In 2018, the National American Planning Association (APA) National organization refocused their efforts on what diversity, inclusion, and equity looks like within the Planning profession and within our growingly diverse communities. In addition to being a member of what has been proven as a marginalized group within the Planning profession, the fellowship is available to those who are:

  • Members of one or more of the following minority groups: African American, Hispanic American, Native American, LGBTQ, and women
  • Full time third or fourth year undergraduate students and first or second year graduate students in the following majors: Urban Planning, Urban Design, Urban Studies, Environmental Studies, Landscape Architecture, and Public Administration
  • Attending an accredited North Carolina College or University. Students at NC Historically Black Colleges or Universities are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)


Applicants for the Fellowship shall submit all of the following:

  • 1 to 2-page personal and background statement written by the student, describing their interest in a career in planning and describing what impact the students wants to make in the planning field related to increasing diversity and inclusion within the profession and their community;
  • One letter of recommendation from a professor, a community leader, or current or past employer in support of the student’s application and personal background statement.
  • Official transcript of current course of study (for current students) or a copy of an acceptance letter from a graduate planning school (for incoming students); and
  • Resume of work experience and background.

An email verification of application receipt will be sent to the participant by the Fellowship coordinator.


The APA-NC Membership and Diversity Executive Committee will review applications and determine award winner. Applications will be judged using the following criteria, listed in order of importance:

  • The significance of the applicant’s personal and background statement
  • The content in the letter of recommendation; and
  • Academic achievement and/or service or impacts made in their specific population-related community or the planning profession.

As part of the selection process and at the sole option of the Executive Committee, the top applicants may be required to participate in a telephone interview with members of the committee.


The Executive Committee will convene in April 2019 to review applications and identify the award recipient. The Committee will identify the top three participants and issue the award to the highest ranked. In the event that the winner cannot fulfill the requirements of the scholarship, the award will be granted to the next ranked participant. Award recipients are required to provide an emailed acceptance of the award to the Fellowship Chair within three (3) calendar days of receiving an award notification message. With the acceptance of the Fellowship, the award recipient will be asked to provide a photo and short bio to be featured the next APA-NC Newsletter.

Important dates applicable to the Membership & Diversity Fellowship Program:

Submittal Deadline
April 17, 2019

Award Announced
May 2019 via APA-NC Newsletter & Blog Post

Please scan and email the required documents with ‘Membership & Diversity Fellowship 2019” in the subject line to the Scholarship Coordinator:

Eliza Monroe