Submit an application for the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) fellowship for change in design 2021, and get up to $40,000 as stipend as well as free health insurance benefits and small budget for professional development activities.

Application Deadline: April 12 2021


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The selected Fellow will receive a stipend of $40,000 (paid in monthly installments), along with free health insurance benefits, a flexible leave policy, and a small budget for professional development activities


The ideal candidate will: 

  •  Identify as a member of community that is historically marginalized in the design professions, including but not limited to people of color; people from low-income, LGBTQ, or immigrant communities; formerly incarcerated people; and others 
  •  Have a background in design, particularly graphic, communication, or UI design. We believe this is a good position for a recent graduate from a design program. However, we recognize that individuals with potential to become great designers may come from a broader range of experiences. Therefore, we do not require a degree in a design field (or any degree at all). However, we do require evidence, in the form of a portfolio of images, of your skills and abilities as a designer, and your proficiency with design software. 
  • Be committed to social justice and racial equity
  •  Have good communication skills
  •  Be proficient with Adobe Creative Suite software, basic web applications, and Microsoft Office 
  •  Be friendly, self-directed, detail-oriented, and able to work in a collaborative environment with a broad range of partners

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Application Instructions

If you’re interested in the position, you can apply online via Submittable, at this link.

To apply, you will need to create an account on Submittable, fill in your contact information, and upload the following materials:

  • A cover letter saying why you are interested in the Fellowship, what you hope to get out of it, what your goals are for your career, and how you meet the Fellowship criteria
  •  A current resume
  • A portfolio of your design work. We are looking for your skills to work on a range of visuals and with type. Please describe the context that your projects were completed in, and your role. Your portfolio will be reviewed on screen and in a print-out. Please format your work so all pages can be printed out at 8.5 x 11. (Max file size 5 MB)
  • A list of three references, with contact information. 

Please submit all materials via Submittable by Monday, April 12th at noon, EST. If you need an extension, email Siyona Ravi at siyona@welcometocup.org, and we’ll try our best to accommodate.

Please note that we will NOT review applications that do not provide all requested materials.

And we will not use links to access additional information that is not uploaded to Submittable 

(including links to web-based portfolios).

About the Center for Urban Pedagogy(CUP) fellowship

The Fellowship is a paid, year-long, full-time, training program designed to promote and support individuals in gaining the skills, contacts, and experience to help them excel in their design careers.

The Fellow works at CUP full-time, collaborating on our community-engaged design projects as part of the CUP team, working as an in-house designer, and participating in mentoring opportunities.

The Fellowship is an initiative to support the development of a pipeline of talented individuals from historically under-represented communities into the design fields, and to dismantle the systemic biases that stand in the way of their advancement as leaders in these fields. The 2021 Fellow will be selected through a competitive, juried process and will work with CUP from July 2021–June 2022. Meet this year’s jury here!

Key Dates and Order of Program

All applications are due by noon Eastern time on Monday, April 12th.

  • Review stage one.

CUP staff will review applications for completeness.

Complete applications will be reviewed by a jury of designers, who will evaluate applicants based on the criteria above, and select up to five finalists to advance to stage two.

The finalists will be announced publicly and featured on CUP’s website, email newsletter, and social media in May. Past finalists have received project inquiries and job offers after being featured. We hope this process brings work and recognition to all the finalists and will help get the word out about your amazing skills!


  • Review stage two.

In May, the finalists will be interviewed by CUP staff, who will make the final selection in late 

May/early June.

The Fellowship will take place from July 2021 through June 2022. 

The Fellow will be part of the jury to select the 2022 Fellow next Spring.

The jury.

This year’s jurors are Carly Ayres, Community & Culture, Google Design; Wael Morcos of Morcos Key; and our last Fellow, Elijah Bobo, now Assistant Graphic Designer, Brooklyn Museum.

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