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Heinz Fellowship in Economic Development

Please Note

This is an incoming-student fellowship opportunity. Fellowships are awarded prior to a student's first semester at the Heinz College. If you feel you are a serious candidate for this fellowship, and would like to apply, please contact Admissions to receive information on the benefits, policies and expectations of this opportunity.


The Heinz College’s Center for Economic Development (CED) is pleased to announce the Heinz Fellowship in Economic Development. This is a competitive Fellowship for incoming students of the College’s Master of Science in Public Policy and Management Program. This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

The Fellowship is intended to encourage academically strong or otherwise accomplished students to attend Heinz College and study economic development in the U.S. context within the framework of our highly respected Master of Science in Public Policy and Management Program (MSPPM). Benefits (subject to eligibility and academic performance requirements) are anticipated to include:

  • A Fellowship award covering from fifty percent to one hundred percent of tuition for up to two years.
  • One thousand dollars in conference or workshop support. This is over and above the thousand dollars in conference support available to deserving students by the College’s Student Affairs department. See the list below for organizations that sponsor relevant conferences or training opportunities.

Recipients will be required to uphold and complete all expectations of the MSPPM program, including the completion of a (second) internship during the summer. Recipients will also be required to complete 48 units of courses related to economic or community development in the U.S. context. Recipients will also be expected to intern with an organization with an economic development mission in the U.S. during the fall of their first year. See for a list of local examples.

Economic Development Fellows are also encouraged to: lead related student organizations at Heinz College or Carnegie Mellon University, attend speaker engagements and seminars relevant to economic development at Heinz College, and participate in a capstone course project (systems synthesis) related to the field. See for examples of such events and projects.

Application Process

In order to be considered for the fellowship, please indicate your area of interest as "Urban and Regional Economic Development" within your application to the Master of Science in Public Policy and Management Program (MSPPM).

Selection process

MSPPM program applicants interested in this Fellowship are encouraged to submit an optional essay or video essay. This “essay” should:

  • Highlight the applicant’s previous relevant academic work or work experience related to economic development.
  • Describe the applicant’s career plans for after graduation.
  • Identify one or more internships that would support these goals and explain why.

Up to two candidates a year may be offered the Fellowship. The admissions committee will select finalists from amongst the admitted students who will then be interviewed by the selection committee. Following the interview process, the Fellow(s) will be notified via email or phone of their award. Whenever possible, notification will be sent to the selected Fellows prior to the admission offer response deadline.


Potential Fellows must:

  • Be accepted into in the Master of Science in Public Policy and Management Program (MSPPM).
  • Have a strong academic record, or an accomplished record of relevant work in economic development, as   demonstrated  by application materials, including college transcripts, resume, or essays.
  • Have a demonstrated strong and serious interest and commitment in exploring a career in economic, community, or workforce development as demonstrated by application materials.
  • Be a self-starter capable of identifying opportunities within organizations and taking initiative.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
Relevant Organizations

The following sample list of organizations sponsor conferences, publish resources, or offer training workshops, seminars, or webinars related to economic development. Recipients of the Fellowship are free to use supplementary conference funds to pay or defray the costs of conference, travel, materials, or training from these organizations (or other relevant institutions with the permission of the College).

• International Economic Development Council
• Urban Land Institute
• American Planning Association
• National Development Council
• Council of Development Finance Agencies
• National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officers
• State Science and Technology Institute
• National Business Incubator Association
• International County/City Management Association
• International Council of Shopping Centers
• National Association of Industrial and Office Parks
• National Trust for Historic Preservation
• Initiative for a Competitive Inner City
• Council for Community and Economic Research

Fellows can also use supplementary funds to attend relevant conferences and summits at the local or regional level in Pittsburgh or across the country.

About the Center for Economic Development

Information the Center for Economic Development, including its partners, Executive Fellows, student projects, sponsored events, and research is available at A list of related electives at Heinz College can also be found at this site.

Past Awardees

2019 Grace Klein
2018 Maura Kay
2017 Christopher Bell
2016 Justin Cole
2015 Janine Jelks-Seale
2014 Kenny Barry