IIHS UFP [Urban Fellows Program] 2021-22 [9-Month, Residential Fellowship], Bangalore: Apply by Apr 11

IIHS UFP 2021-22 (Urban Fellows Program) has opened the applications for the session 2021-22, to recent graduates and young professionals from varied educational backgrounds or practice domains.

About IIHS

The Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) is a national education institution committed to the equitable, sustainable, and efficient transformation of Indian settlements. It is established in Bangalore, Karnataka.

About the Fellowship

The Urban Fellows Programme (UFP) is scholarship-based, nine-month, full-time, residential, and inter-disciplinary, situated at the IIHS City Campus in Bengaluru. The UFP seeks to equip, nurture and prepare a new generation of graduates and young professionals committed to the common good, who can become change-makers, team players, original thinkers, reflective practitioners, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders to address India’s complex urban challenges.

The UFP combines classroom-based teaching, site-based applied learning, work in live projects, and external internships to introduce learners to diverse forms of urban practice.

Through the UFP, Fellows understand issues of urbanization in India and the global South; learn from practice; develop skills necessary to tackle key urban issues in India; build an inter-disciplinary foundation; network with thought leaders, and learn from a diverse and experienced faculty.

iihs ufp 2021-22

The Seven Key Learning Elements

The Commons: Using a mix of classroom-based teaching, and case-based learning, the Commons is where Fellows understand the different approaches, systems, aspects, and components that make up the urban.

Elective Modules: Electives build on concepts and skills taught in the Commons and allow learners to create their own trajectory through the UFP by focusing on particular sectors and focus areas they want to develop.

Applied Practica and Projects: The Practica are term-length, site-based applied, learning modules that enable Fellows to integrate theory with practice as well as to deploy skills and concepts learned in the classroom to imagine and develop appropriate, innovative, and sustainable solutions for the Indian context. The Fellows are also placed with different project teams within IIHS. This enables the real-time application of the theory and skills they learn during the UFP.

Exposure Visit: Through a series of field-based exposure trips in cities of different sizes and types, Fellows are exposed to complex problems in the real world. They observe, diagnose and conceptualize solutions to real-life problems in small towns as well as in larger cities in India. In 2020-21, Exposure Visits to cities outside Karnataka were not conducted due to Covid-19 travel restrictions. However, these visits are an integral component of the UFP, and the 2021-22 batch will be initiated after taking into account relevant COVID-19 guidelines, IIHS’s operating procedures, and safety protocols.

Masterclasses: Masterclasses provide Fellows with opportunities to meet thought-leaders and practitioners from India and across the world, to learn about their work and the challenges they face as practitioners in different disciplines and domains.

Skill Labs: Through the UFP, Fellows are equipped with the most appropriate technical, analytical and professional skills that will be taught through a series of labs, as well as through assignments and the Practica and Projects.

Internship: UFP provides for a two-month internship for all Fellows in order to facilitate the transition from classroom learning to the complex world of work and practice. Internships are offered in government departments and public institutions, private firms and practices, non-governmental organizations, research think-tanks, development sector organizations, and planning and design firms, among others.

Structure of UFP

  • Seven learning elements are structured across three terms: Commons, Electives, and Internships.
  • Fellows are in residence in Bengaluru for the first two, and in their internship placements for the third.
  • There is an Exposure Visit held in between.
  • Skill Labs, Applied Practica, and Master Classes run throughout the Commons and Elective terms.


  • Recent graduates and young professionals from varied educational backgrounds or practice domains who were born on or after 1 August 1991 are eligible to apply.
  • The UFP is committed to providing scholarships to candidates who receive admission and are unable to pay the tuition, after a review of their financial needs.

Why be UFP Fellow?

Click here for the reviews and experiences of the past fellows.

Important Links

How to Apply?

Applications can be submitted online (preferred) or by post. The application has 5 main elements:

  • Basic Personal Information
  • Educational Information
  • Work | Internship | Volunteering Experience (if any)
  • Supporting Information and Documents
    • Personal Statement and Essays: 2 shorter essay questions that need to be completed.
    • Audio-visual material or other material of your own making that complements your application can be uploaded or sent in.
    • Any other information you would like to provide (up to 200 words).
  • A Sample of Work: One sample of academic or professional work that best describes your capabilities and interests.

The application is then followed by an interview.

To apply by post, the form should be downloaded (Click here to download), filled in, and posted to:

The UFP Admissions Committee
IIHS Bengaluru City Campus,
No. 197/36, 2nd Main Road,
Sadashivanagar, Bengaluru 560 080

Important Dates

  • Applications open: 10 March 2021 (Wednesday)
  • Applications close: 11 April 2021 (Sunday 11:59 pm, IST)
  • Shortlisted candidates will be contacted to set up interview times and dates. Interviews will be on the phone or via Skype: Mid May
  • Selected and waitlisted candidates will be informed via email: June 2021

Contact Information

For further queries, send a mail to ufp.info[at]iihs.ac.in or call + 91 99012 55788, 96064 84336


Click here to apply online for the UFP 2021-22.


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