William R. Ginsberg Fellowship

A fundamental part of CHPC’s mission is to inspire and train a new generation of housing and urban planning experts who will be devoting their careers to ensuring the future prosperity and livability of New York City. The organization also serves as a unique bridge between academia and the practical, three-dimensional reality of work in the field.

The William R. Ginsberg Fellowships offer a unique opportunity to work on cutting edge research for an organization that has played a prominent role in shaping public policy in New York City since 1937. The Fellowships are designed to encourage and support careers in public service, establish strong links between experienced leaders and a new generation of housing and planning professionals, promote active civic engagement, advance practical research and creative thinking about New York City’s built environment, and to work to improve the quality of life in New York City neighborhoods.

Research areas tend to focus on housing, the urban environment, open space, geography, real estate finance, land use and zoning, public economics, demographic change, and community development.

The Fellowship Program is supported by a generous gift from William R. Ginsberg and his family, and includes three different fellowships:

  • The Graduate Fellowship
  • Senior Practitioner Fellowship
  • Visiting Fellowship

About William R. Ginsberg

William R. Ginsberg served on the board of CHPC for more than four decades. He was a pioneering environmental lawyer and NYC Parks Commissioner who cared deeply about urban planning and environmental law, as well as a tireless advocate on behalf of New York City’s civic life.

He emphasized his role as a teacher and mentor, and generously shared his inter-disciplinary expertise. In addition to CHPC’s Ginsberg Fellowship, Mr. Ginsberg’s legacy is also honored by the William R. Ginsberg Memorial Summer Fellowship in Environmental Law at Hofstra Law School, which funds environmental law internships for Hofstra students.

The Ginsberg Graduate Fellowship

The Graduate Fellowship is designed for current or recently graduated master’s students in the following fields: public policy, urban planning, environmental studies, geography, architecture, urban design, economics, real estate finance, business, or other related subjects.

We are looking for candidates with the following qualities:
  • Creative thinking and problem solving
  • Proven research and analytical skills
  • Statistical analysis, mapping, and other multimedia skills
  • Design and communication skills
  • Enthusiasm for public policy and public service, especially in relation to housing and urban planning
  • Initiative

Fellows will contribute to CHPC’s mission by working with our staff on one or more of our research projects. CHPC will assign project(s) based on the Fellows’ particular skill set and interests. The Fellowship is not intended for Fellows to work on their dissertations or outside research projects.

Fellows may have the possibility of extending the Fellowship beyond the Fall 2017 term. Thanks to a generous gift from William R. Ginsberg and his family, a stipend will be provided. CHPC will also work with your academic institution to provide academic credit for the Fellowship.

Why Apply?

Influential history

CHPC has been an influential voice in New York City’s housing and planning industry for 80 years. Our organization is known for its trusted research and has a real impact on government policy. We have an amazing Board of Directors who represents all aspects of housing and urban planning in NYC and a small staff who come together from different countries, disciplines and backgrounds to create high impact work.

Career support and networking

CHPC staff and Board members are committed to supporting the career prospects of our Fellows. We work hard to connect current and former Fellows with practitioners throughout the housing and planning industry, and a number of past Fellows have found employment through CHPC’s network.

We encourage those who successfully complete their Fellowship to remain involved with CHPC, and we periodically host educational and social events for alumni. Fellows continue to be a valuable resource for CHPC after their Fellowship term, as they go on to successful careers in housing and related industries.

New skills and experience

The Fellowships at CHPC are designed to foster Fellows’ practical research and analytical skills. We are also continually exploring new, more effective ways to deliver our work, so a key focus of the Fellowships is to develop cutting-edge methods of communicating research and analytical work beyond writing reports.

Unique resources and access to information

The Fellowship offers unfettered access to CHPC’s unique archival library, which enhances research and brings context to New York City’s current housing and planning issues. There is also full access to New York City housing and planning databases. CHPC staff have extensive knowledge, skills and experience in the industry and the Fellowship is designed to share this as much as possible

Past Fellows

Past Fellows have gone on to work in a variety of positions in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Read more on our past Fellows’ career paths:

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Application Instructions

  1. Attach a cover letter (no more than one page) explaining why you are interested in the Fall 2017 Graduate Fellowship and why you would be a good fit for CHPC.
  2. Attach a short CV, resume, or bio that includes past/current academic studies and professional accomplishments.
  3. Frame a housing policy research question, explain how you would go about answering it, and describe an innovative way you would use to educate the public about your findings (no more than two paragraphs). Note that the topic you select will not determine what you work on at CHPC.