For Students

We welcome the next generation of civic leaders to engage with us through our fellowships, internships, events, research funding, and experiential learning opportunities. We look forward to hearing your ideas, and value your involvement in our activities.

Fellowships Opportunities

Read about graduate and undergraduate student internships and fellowships in local government — in Boston and beyond.

Apply for Research Funding

We advance the understanding of complex urban challenges and effective policies and solutions through investments in diverse academic research across the Boston University community through our Early Stage Urban Research Awards. Learn more about applying for funding and past projects.

Minor in Urban Studies

Explore a Minor in Urban Studies. This program is designed for students who are interested in applying their passions of urban topics to a curriculum that can help prepare them for careers involved in the opportunities and problems that cities present, not only in the United States but around the world.

Initiative on Cities (IOC) Student Prize

The Initiative on Cities Student Prize is awarded annually to an outstanding undergraduate urban scholar. Learn more.

Experiential Learning in Cities

Read about the variety of ways students across disciplines can engage in their subject matter, learn beyond the classroom, and be empowered as future leaders.

Upcoming Events

The Initiative on Cities hosts and participates in a variety of events for students to learn and engage on urban topics. View and register for upcoming events.

Urban Inequalities Workshop

Each semester, the Initiative on Cities hosts a doctoral workshop, led by Professor of Sociology and IOC Faculty Fellow Japonica Brown-Saracino, that invites post graduate and Ph.D. candidates to explore the issues of urban inequality. Learn more.