Established in 2002 through the generous gift of Harold A. Pollman, the Pollman Fellowship in Real Estate and Urban Development is given to outstanding postdoctoral graduates in real estate, urban planning, and development to spend one year as a visiting scholar at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Applicants in the fields of economic development, political economy, urban economics, and other areas in urban planning related to real estate and urban development are also encouraged to apply.
Postdoctoral candidates for the Pollman Fellowship should either have received their doctorate or have submitted their dissertation for final awarding of the degree. The fellowship award is $30,000, plus medical benefits, and is to be used towards living and research expenses. While at Harvard, the fellow may audit courses and may seek to supplement the fellowship with teaching and research assignments. The fellow is expected to produce at least one publishable paper in a refereed journal, to participate in research workshops, and to contribute to the life of the School.
Deadlines for each award cycle will be posted during the fall. Interested applicants should submit a PDF with the following materials to [email protected]:
- Short statement of current and proposed research, from which applicants will be assessed on:
- The relevance, feasibility, innovation, and potential impact of current and proposed research, and
- how the fellowship would affect their academic and professional growth.
- Resume detailing work and/or educational experience in the fields of economic development, political economy, urban economics, and/or other areas in urban planning related to real estate and urban development.
For a complete list of previous fellows, click here. Recent winners include:
2023-2024 – Tosin Fateye (Ph.D., Obafemi Awolowo University)
2022-2023 – Emmanuel Kofi Gavu (Ph.D., TU Dortmund University)
2021-2022 – Maximilian Buchholz (Ph.D., University of Toronto)
2020-2021 – not awarded
2019-2020 – Justin Stern (Ph.D., Harvard University)
2018-2019 – Renee Tapp (Ph.D., Clark University)
2017-2018 – Thomas Malone (Ph.D., University of Southern California)