About the Fellowship

Pratt Center's Taconic Fellowship Program, made possible by a grant from the Taconic Foundation, provides financial awards for projects that align with Pratt Center’s urban planning and policy work in support of sustainable and equitable community development. The goals of the Fellowship are to connect Pratt Institute's diverse disciplines to community development work while supporting Pratt's commitment to collaboration, interdisciplinary projects, and service learning.

Who can apply?

Pratt Institute faculty (including adjuncts, visiting instructors, part-time and full-time professors), full-time and part-time administrators, and students (full-time or part-time, undergraduate or graduate) are eligible to apply. Partnerships between faculty and students and between people in different departments are strongly encouraged. Please note that Fellows from the 2018-2019 school year are ineligible for the 2019-2020 school year.

Project Eligibility

Proposed projects must meet the eligibility requirements below. 

  1. Partnership with an organization that serves as a community-based client for the project. The Taconic Fellowship supports projects that use a ground-up, community-based approach to tackling issues of urban sustainability and socioeconomic inequity. In order to help ensure this, projects must directly serve and relate to a community client’s existing program or initiative area.

  2. Project must address one or more of the following areas of urban sustainability and/or socioeconomic equity: Affordable housing preservation or development  •  Climate change / resiliency •  Commercial corridor revitalization  • Community design •  Community history  •  Community organizing for action  •  Community planning  •  Economic development  •  Energy efficiency and the built environment  •  Environmental justice  •  Environmental sustainability  •  Land use  •  Open space  •  Public art  •  Racial Justice • Social architecture  •  Transportation planning / public transportation  •  Urban design

  3. Intention to make a tangible impact. Taconic-funded projects should strive to make a clear impact on the community and/or community-based client that they serve. While consciousness-raising is an important aspect of making broader societal change, Taconic projects should be outcome-oriented and endeavor to make more tangible change.

  4. Based in New York City. Only projects based in New York City will be considered. As such, the community client must also be located within the five boroughs.

Evaluation Criteria

A panel of reviewers from Pratt Center and Pratt Institute will evaluate proposed projects for their feasibility, capacity to meet the project’s stated goals, and commitment to the principles of equity and sustainability. Specifically, reviewers will make decisions based on:

  1. Significance and relevance: Does the proposal address a problem or question in the arena of urban community development and/or urban sustainability and/ or socioeconomic inequity?

  2. Community impact: Will the project tangibly impact a community and work towards a needed change? How?

  3. Capacity for success: What are the qualifications of the team of students and faculty? How are their interests and skills a good match for the project?

  4. Approach and method: Is the project proposal adequately developed for the purpose of the project and commensurate with the stated project goal? Does the proposal allow for adequate collaboration and communication with the community client to ensure feasible outcomes?


Applying for 2019


Pratt Center fellowships leverage the diverse disciplines of Pratt Institute to assist communities and small businesses, while supporting the Institute’s commitment to interdisciplinary service learning.