UFP is scholarship-based, nine-month, full-time, residential, interdisciplinary and based at the IIHS, Bengaluru City Campus. It seeks to combine classroom teaching, site-based applied learning, and introduce Fellows to diverse forms of urban practice through a choice of independent projects; work in live IIHS projects; or external internships. The Programme is open to recent graduates and young professionals from varied educational backgrounds or practice domains.
Through the UFP, Fellows will:
Understand issues of urbanisation in India and the Global South from multiple disciplinary perspectives.
Learn from practice as young professionals seeking to enter the urban sector.
Develop skills necessary to analyse, understand, and identify key urban issues in India.
Build a foundation to design interdisciplinary urban interventions.
Network with diverse global, national, and local thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and change makers.
Learn from a diverse and experienced faculty who bring together theory and practice.
An ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s Degree in any subject or discipline and their age should not exceed 30 years at the time of the UFP’s commencement. Therefore, candidates should be born on or after 1 August 1993. The Programme may, subject to facts and circumstances, consider non-degree training and certification programmes completed after 10+2 schooling. Candidates without any formal education after their 10+2 may also apply, especially if they have valuable experience of formal or informal work in urban sectors.
All candidates must have basic proficiency in reading English. There is support available for candidates with limited speaking ability in English and they are encouraged to apply.
Candidates must be Indian citizens. OCI Card holders are not eligible to apply at this time.
We strongly encourage applications from women, people with disabilities, and those from economically and socially excluded communities.
IIHS provides a diverse, inclusive, open, safe and enabling learning environment. It is committed to the principle of not discriminating against individuals on the basis of personal beliefs or characteristics such as caste, class, religion, region, ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability. The UFP is part of this commitment to create supportive teaching and learning environments. Fellows are also expected to aspire to the highest standards of ethics in their personal and professional interactions.
Applications can be submitted online (preferred) or by post. There are five main elements to each application:
1. Basic Personal Information
2. Educational Information
3. Work | Internship | Volunteering Experience (if any)
4. Essays & Supporting Documents
Personal Statement and Essays: This section consists of three shorter essay questions that need to be completed. Please note that all three essays are mandatory.
The first essay is about your motivation to apply (up to 300 words) and is focussed on your interest in the UFP and its elements.
The second essay (200 words), focusses on your experiences and the ways in which these led to your interest in the Urban.
The third essay requires you to choose one out of five problem statements provided and give your response to it (up to 400 words).
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).
5. A Sample of Work: One sample of academic or professional work that best describes your capabilities and interests. The sample may take any form: e.g. text, plans, portfolios, audio files and visual media. The sample of work should preferably be your individual effort. In case you include a work representing team effort, please specify details of your particular contribution and role.
Admissions and submission deadlines - 24th April, 2023
The application is followed by an interview.
To apply by post, this form should be downloaded, filled in, and posted to:
The UFP Admissions Committee
IIHS Bengaluru City Campus,
No. 197/36, 2nd Main Road,
Sadashivanagar, Bengaluru 560 080
For further queries, send a mail to [email protected] or call + 91 99012 55788, 96064 84336
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