Public Spaces Fellowship


The Knight Public Spaces Fellows were announced on June 19, 2019. Learn about them and their work here.

Knight Public Spaces Fellows: Leading change, connecting people to place

Note: The nomination period closed on March 22 at 11:59 p.m. ET. If you were nominated or self-nominated, Knight will notify you by March 29 if you have moved to the next round in the process, which will require a full application. 

The inaugural Knight Public Spaces Fellowship recognizes leading civic innovators who have created or influenced great public spaces in U.S. communities, creating more opportunities for connection and civic engagement. Chosen fellows will share up to $1 million in grants to continue their work.

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Fellowship FAQ

Who we're looking for

We seek fellows with an exemplary track record of crafting public spaces—trails, parks, plazas and streets—that create opportunities for connection and civic engagement. The fellowship is open to a wide range of talented civic innovators with experience in urban design, planning, architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, government, technology, policy and programming.

Individuals with exceptional talent and leadership qualities who craft, develop, design, plan, manage and implement the use of public spaces to build the type of communities where people want to live and work are eligible to apply. Fellows must show potential to create larger, innovation and strategic momentum within the community.

Fellowship benefits

In addition to the opportunity to create real impact in their city and beyond, fellows will receive: 

  • Support: A small group of fellows will share up to $1 million grants which can be used for innovative, flexible projects, distributed over approximately two years. 

  • Network-building opportunities: Support to work directly with peers and other experts who are passionate about using public space to transform communities. 

  • Mentorship: Insight and guidance from experts to refine ideas and new thinking around public space work.  

  • Public exposure: Fellows will be invited to present at Knight-supported events and other gatherings, and given opportunities to publish and share their work.

To learn more about the fellowship, you can watch a recorded informational webinar.  

For additional questions, please email [email protected]. Follow #knightcities on Twitter for updates.