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

About the Fellowship

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.

For more information, contact: Franchesca Taylor, Vice Chair.


The $1,500 scholarship is available to:

  • African-American/Black undergraduate students who are applying to, or who have been accepted and plan to enroll into, an urban planning program for graduate studies
  • African-American/Black graduate students, majoring in urban planning or a related field (geography, environmental studies, urban studies, urban policy, etc.)
  • Students cannot be enrolled in the last semester of a graduate planning program.

Students applying to graduate programs must show proof of acceptance and intent to enroll if awarded the fellowship. The applicant should be in good academic standing and active member of their communities. The fellowship will be awarded to the student to cover costs associated with the pursuit of their studies. The fellowship is awarded to a student only one time during their tenure in a planning program.

Application Process

The applicant should submit ONE application package that includes the following materials:

  • PBCD Fellowship Application:
    • Personal Statement / Essay Question
    • Proof of enrollment in graduate program, list of graduate programs applied to, or acceptance to graduate program
    • A letter of recommendation (must be sent directly to the review committee)

All materials must be received by PBCD via email at by 11:59 p.m. PT on March 22, 2019.

A review committee comprised of members of the division shall review applications and select a recipient. The anticipated notification date is April 2019.

The winner will be honored at the Planning and the Black Community Business Meeting taking place during the American Planning Association National Planning Conference in April 2019 in San Francisco.