2021 Summer Fellowship


The 2021 Charter Cities Institute Fellowship

Dates: August 15-25, 2021 (10 days)

Location: Virtual 


Achieving development agendas calls for a new approach to governance, as well as new mechanisms to improve urban management and planning. Accelerating global and regional agendas, innovative urban policymaking, good institutions and governance, and adaptive city planning will promote economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable societies. To address these challenges, we at the Charter Cities Institute are dedicated to the promotion of a novel idea whose time has come: charter cities – new cities with new rules, that have the potential to boost industrial and economic development, quell inequality, mitigate the effects of climate change, and lift millions of new urban residents out of poverty.

In our dedication to promoting novel ideas that will improve the quality of lives in our cities, the Charter Cities Institute announces its maiden Charter Cities Summer Fellowship. The Fellowship calls for young urbanists with brilliant ideas for more sustainable cities to contribute to the development of innovative solutions to the most important city-related challenges.  Ideas can cover a wide range of issues including social, economic, legal, architecture, infrastructure, or planning challenges, and can be on-the-ground projects or research that requires further development.

The Fellowship will provide a holistic perspective of charter cities and new city building through sessions with new city builders, top urbanist thinkers, and an inside look into charter cities. The Fellowship aims to expose the participants to academic and real-life urban discourses to broaden their horizons and engage them in high-level policy and execution talks.

The Fellowship will support selected research and project ideas proposed by the fellows.  It will provide the fellows with mentorship opportunities with some of the industry’s smartest minds in legal, economic, planning and development discourses, to further develop their ideas. It will also provide them with promotion of their work through CCI’s publications and media roundups. Particularly impressive fellows may have their research project ideas be mentored long-term by CCI’s research team.


- Enthusiasm about cities and new city-making approaches

- Have a great idea to make our cities more sustainable.

- Want to work and develop that idea.

- Interested in charter cities and eager to learn more.

- Have a professional or academic background in working with cities -- especially cities in the global south

- Must be available during the duration of the fellowship and willing to engage in the follow-up ideas implementation afterwards.

Please apply within, and by filling out this form: 


For additional inquiries please reach out to emmanuel@cci.city

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