The Robert A. Catlin/David W. Long Memorial Fellowship

About the Fellowship

The American Planning Association -Planning and the Black Community Division (PBCD) is pleased to announce the continuation of the Robert A Caitlin/David W. Long Fellowship program. The mission of this program is to provide a forum for planners, administrators, public officials, students, and other APA members to address issues of significance to the Black community; and promote knowledge exchange between members and other organizations, encourage and support professional development among Black planners, and provide career information. Named after committed planners and long-standing members of APA's Planning and the Black Community Division, The Robert A. Catlin/David W. Long Memorial Fellowship is designed to foster an increased interest in the profession of urban planning among African American students.

The goal of the scholarship is to encourage the pursuit and achievement of the growing number of African American graduate students entering the urban planning profession. The goal is to create a critical mass of African American planning professionals who support one another and to provide new perspectives on issues facing the communities that they serve.

The Robert A. Catlin/David W. Long Fellowship is now accepting applications for 2023. All applications must be received by March 31, 2023 at 11:59PM PST.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, feel free to reach out to the PBCD Executive Board at


2020 PBCD Fellow

2020 PBCD Fellow - Terrance Anderson

Terrance Anderson is a Community Developer who partners with people, neighborhoods, small businesses, and city governments, to build sustainable and thriving communities. During his tenure in Mississippi Terrance partnered with the City of Jackson as well as community leaders from the Delta Region to develop programming and housing for at-risk youth, the homeless and formerly incarcerated populations.

Terrance has landed media coverage around Metro Detroit and Mississippi. He was recognized by President Obama, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin because of his advocacy work for criminal justice reform and expansion of funding for the federal programs GEAR UP and TRIO in economically depressed neighborhoods.

Terrance holds a BS in Business Management from Wayne State University; MA in Community Development from the University of Detroit Mercy and is currently completing a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from Jackson State University.

2019 PBCD Fellow

2019 PBCD Fellow - Izanie Love

Izanie Love is currently in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program at San Jose State University. Her emphasis is Community Design and Development, and Affordable Housing and Community Development Finance. She received her undergraduate degree in Community and Regional Development from the University of California, Davis. She is also a proud product of City College of San Francisco.

As a 2019 fellow, Izanie helped compile research for the APA Division’s Grant Council recipient, titled, “First-Generation of Black Planners Speak their Truths”. This research included an article on Samuel Cullers, the First African-American to earn a professional degree in urban planning.