William R. Ginsberg Fellowships

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.