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The UI Academy will not be accepting applications for 2012
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The Urban Institute Academy for Public Policy Analysis and Research is a unique and challenging program of skills-building, career development, and mentoring for minority undergraduates interested in careers in public policy research.

The year-long fellowship begins with an intensive nine-week summer program. The summer portion of our program gives students between their junior and senior year of college the skills and exposure crucial to obtaining highly competitive entry positions in the field.  After students successfully complete the summer program, we follow up with continued mentoring, a research conference presentation at APPAM, job and graduate school counseling, and research paper publication during their final year of college.

Program Mission
While minorities and persons from distressed communities are often the subject of social programs and policies, they are greatly underrepresented in the field of public policy research. Adding the voices and perspectives of researchers from diverse backgrounds will make a valuable contribution to the field.

The unique multi-pronged approach of The Urban Institute Academy will provide our students with:

  • Policy knowledge
  • Technical skills training
  • Guided research projects
  • Career skills development
  • Exposure to policy research careers
  • Senior-year follow-up

Policy Areas
Students will build their knowledge of important public policy issues in the following areas:

  • Poverty and Income Support
  • Employment Policy
  • Education Policy
  • Health Policy
  • Housing and Urban Neighborhoods
  • Crime and Justice Policy
  • Federal Budget and Tax Policy

Email: academy@urban.org

The UI Academy is supported by generous grants from the Ford Foundation and MacArthur Foundation

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Meet the Class of 2011

Class of 2011 

In ActionClass of 2008 in action

Photo gallery of our students in class, on field trips, enjoying life in D.C.


Academy Research Papers

Research PapersStudent-authored research briefs

Research Presentations

APPAM Research Conference

Students present their research at the annual APPAM Research Conference