Urban Education Fellows


Urban Education systems are in transition.  The future of urban schools - and the students they serve - depends on the skills and vision of those with the know-how to design and implement policies that benefit American’s most disadvantaged children.  Until now, no program has been designed specifically to prepare students for the challenges of policymaking in urban education.

Urban Education Fellows Program Overview

The Education Department at Brown University in collaboration with leading urban practitioners has created an innovative master’s degree program in Urban Education Policy.  This intensive, one-year program will provide tomorrow’s policy makers with the tools to analyze, design, and implement policies that promise a bright future for urban education.  This experience will provide Urban Education Fellows the toolkit necessary to navigate through the complex urban issues they will face in their future work within Rhode Island’s urban core. Brown UEP students examine the challenges and opportunities associated with urban education through multi-disciplinary coursework in data analysis and data-based decision making, economic theory and application, urban politics, human development, and the systems and structures of urban education contexts. 

In exchange for student loan cancellation, upon completion of the Urban Education Policy Master’s Program, Urban Education Fellows are expected to begin a three-year commitment to the Rhode Island urban core serving in a full-time positions within a public sector education organization or non-profit entity residing in the urban core region.

Application Process

The admissions committee will consider your application to become an Urban Education Fellow along with your application to the UEP Program. 

To submit a UEF application, please complete the form, which asks applicants to respond in no more than 300 words to the essay statement:

Drawing on your academic training and your professional experience, please reflect on the statement below as it pertains to your future work plan as an Urban Education Fellow. Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza (2018): ""We asked the public, what is missing from our schools? What do you, the school community need? We heard loud and clear. We heard that our students and teachers want facilities that better support 21st century learning. We heard that our students craved curriculum that was culturally responsive, that they wanted to look at our staff and see themselves in 10-15 years. We heard that students wanted equity in education and increased access to multilingual learning. We heard that our community partners wanted to be involved, they wanted to help us."