• Urban Transformation

    Be part of a new generation of young professionals who can participate in India’s urban transition – as practitioners, entrepreneurs and change-makers, find the opportunities in India’s complex urban challenges.

  • Interdisciplinarity

    Develop an understanding of urbanisation issues in India, and the Global South, from multiple disciplinary perspectives and build a foundation to design interdisciplinary urban interventions.

  • 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 at a range of institutions across sectors and domains.

  • Urban Transformation

    Become a part of a new generation of young professionals, who can become change-makers, entrepreneurs and thought leaders to address India’s complex urban challenges.

  • Interdisciplinarity

    Develop an understanding of issues of urbanisation in India and the Global South from multiple disciplinary perspectives, and build a foundation to design
    interdisciplinary urban interventions.

  • Internship

    Expand your learning through internships in relevant sectors – NGO/Non-profit, Media, Think tank, Government, Consultancy, Education & Research, Foundations and the Private Sector.


The IIHS Urban Fellows Programme (UFP) |


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.

Hear from the experts

Know more about IIHS and the UFP from experts.

Aromar Revi
Director, IIHS

Chandrashekhar B Bhave
Chairman, IIHS

Nandan Nilekani
Board member, IIHS

Nasser Munjee
Board member, IIHS

Shape India’s Urban Transition

Many recent graduates and undergraduates are interested in working on the complex challenges that are encountered in contemporary cities. However, they are not sure how to shape their research and practice to engage with these issues. The UFP prepares Fellows to find their own practice and perspective on how to shape India’s urban transition – a critical  opportunity that will define India’s future over the next century.

Develop Skills for Real-Life Problems

Engage with Thought Leaders

Acquire Interdisciplinary Knowledge

In-depth Knowledge

Urban Practice Experience

Live Projects


A diverse and experienced faculty at IIHS leads the UFP. As part of the UFP’s commitment to bridging theory and practice, the Faculty consists of several full-time practitioners who come from a range of academic disciplines and practice domains.

Why be an Urban Fellow?


Structure of the UFP