Come find your pathway to shape India’s urban transition

Urban Transformation
Urban Transformation

Be part of a new generation of practitioners, knowledge producers, entrepreneurs and change-makers who can find the opportunities and participate in India’s complex urban transition

Urban Practice
Urban Practice Experience

Engage in real-time application of theory and skills taught throughout UFP choosing between live IIHS Projects, Independent Projects or External Internships across a range of institutions, sectors and domains

Find your own Urban Journey

Explore different sectors, themes, and methods to find an entry point or new focus into an urban career after UFP

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The IIHS Urban Fellows Programme (UFP) | 2024-25

India’s urban transition is unprecedented in scale and complexity. Within it lie both, the opportunities of economic development and greater employment as well as the challenges of persistent inequality, extreme deprivation and environmental degradation. The UFP offers the chance to be a part of shaping this transition.

UFP is scholarship-based, nine-month, full-time, residential, interdisciplinary and based at the IIHS City Campus in Bengaluru. It combines classroom teaching, site-based applied learning, work in live projects, and external internships to introduce Fellows to diverse forms of urban practice. The Programme is open to recent graduates and young professionals from varied educational backgrounds or practice domains. The eighth batch of UFP will graduate in 2024.

Why be an Urban Fellow?

Click the videos below to learn about why you should be an Urban Fellow, the interdisciplinary journeys that Fellows take, and understand the structure of the academic programme.

Why be an Urban Fellow?


Structure of the UFP

Our Fellows

Click next on the images below for a detailed look at the interdisciplinary transitions that Fellows take across disciplines and sectors, and to see where our Fellows have gone on to work and study, both in India and globally.

An Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Class
UFP Fellows come from a wide range of disciplinary and geographic backgrounds, which enables two kinds of diversity in the classroom - first, disciplinary diversity, and second, socio-economic diversity or diversity of lived experiences.

Practice Pathways India
A Wide Range of Practice Pathways
After the UFP, Fellows have gone on to work in a wide range of practice pathways within the country. 85% of our Fellows work and study across 18 states and 23 cities in India.
Studying in Global Universities
Global Exposure
After the UFP, Fellows have gone on to study in a wide range of foreign universities outside the country. 15% of our Fellows study across 5 continents and 15 countries, spread across 50 universities including 11 of the top 20 global universities.

Interdisciplinary curriculum

The IIHS Urban Fellows Programme combines classroom teaching, site-based applied learning as well as work in live projects, and external internships to introduce Fellows to diverse forms of urban practice.


Acquire interdisciplinary knowledge

Develop skills for real-life problems

Experience cities anew

Apply learning to the city

Engage with thought leaders

Attain sectoral and thematic knowledge

Work on live projects

Learning by doing

The IIHS Core curriculum is a set of learning experiences, interactions and credit courses, grounded in experiential, local and traditional knowledge.
These help build a set of capacities and sensibilities in the learner, that help them take responsibility for their own personal as well as professional development beyond the classroom.

Understand food systems

Work with materials

Embrace personal fitness