Dwight Hall Urban Fellows

Our Mission:

Initiated in 1994, Dwight Hall Urban Fellows is an academic-year program whereby Yale University undergraduates gain exposure to today’s urban challenges and work with community professionals to find real solutions. Placements seek to uncover and counter urban challenges through neighborhood empowerment, community-building, and economic development.

Our Activities:

Academic Year Fellowships Direct Service Urban Fellows dedicate 6-8 hours per week working in either a community organization or government agency, where they receive professional mentorship and develop a personalized project. In addition to community work, Urban Fellows garner their collective experience through a series of community-building activities, such as dinners, speaker series, and planned reflections.

Applicant Information

Dwight Hall Urban Fellows 2024-2025 applications are open! Access the application here.

Applications are due by midnight on Sunday, April 7, 2024.

If you would like any support before, during, or after application, please reach out to urbanfellows@dwighthall.org or mark.fopeano@yale.edu.

The application asks that you answer the following questions:

  • What has been your involvement in New Haven? OR describe your relationships with New Haven community members who are not Yale affiliates. (1500 characters max)
  • Why do you want to be an Urban Fellow? (1500 characters max)
  • In addition to the time they spend at their placement sites, Urban Fellows meet on a monthly basis. What is the value you see in an Urban Fellows community? (1500 characters max)
  • A few additional questions regarding whether you would like assistance securing a placement site or you already have a host organization in mind

2023-2024 Cohort

Fellows Spotlight

Dwight Hall Urban Fellow Eliana Cortez ’25 Leads Q House Youth Council, Offering College Readiness Programming to Hundreds [link attached]

Dwight Hall Urban Fellow August Rios Invites His Fair Rent Commission Supervisors to the End-of-Semester All-Fellowships Dinner in December 2023

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