About the Programme
Loeb Fellows are accomplished practitioners, influential in shaping the built and natural environment, whose work is advancing positive social outcomes in the US and around the world. In the middle of promising careers they step away from their hectic professional lives for one academic year. Fellows audit classes at the GSD and throughout the vast network of Harvard and MIT. They engage with faculty and students, participate in Fellowship events, and collaborate with their peers. They become part of a powerful growing network of colleagues passionately committed to revitalizing communities.
The Loeb Fellowship offers:
- Up to 10 fellowships per year, drawing applicants from across the US and the world.
- The time for learning and the intellectual resources to fortify practice and expand vision, all in the service of improving the future of the built and natural environment.
- The opportunity to audit classes, tuition free, throughout Harvard and MIT.
- A comfortable stipend and modest housing in Cambridge.
- A worldwide network of alumni colleagues and supporters.
We encourage applications from a wide range of practitioners whose work focuses on improving the built and natural environment. In short, people of exceptional skill who design, plan, preserve, and critique the places where we live, work, and play are eligible to apply.
The program is for people in mid-career, with a minimum of 5-10 years of experience in the field. We seek professionals who have leadership ability, a strong drive to help others succeed, and who show the potential to take their capacities to higher levels. The opportunities presented by the Fellowship work best for those experienced enough to ask the hard questions, but with plenty of time left to make an impact. A typical Loeb class averages about 42 years of age.
The Fellowship is for practitioners. It is not an academic sabbatical program or an artist residency; there are many other programs for those purposes. The Loeb is unique in providing support for renewal and reflection in an active career.
There are very few requirements; fellows create schedules based on their goals for their Fellowship year.
Fellows must agree to step away from any significant roles with their employers and other employment responsibilities; to refrain from professional work during the fellowship year, except as approved by the Loeb curator; and to audit a minimum of one course at the GSD per semester. Fellows also must remain in residence in the Cambridge area while classes are in session and participate in all Fellowship programs, most notably weekly forums and trips.
The Loeb Fellowship is a lifelong connection. When a fellow completes the Fellowship year, he or she joins over 450 alumni in an unparalleled worldwide network of professional colleagues. Fellows are alumni of the Graduate School of Design as well as the Loeb Fellowship and are invited to participate in the GSD alumni community and events.
Fellows are expected to audit at least one course at the GSD each semester and may take additional courses that advance their work plan goals. Fellows may audit courses at Harvard College, any of the 11 Harvard graduate schools, and MIT. Fellows may not take courses for academic credit and may not be enrolled in a degree program.
The Harvard Graduate School of Design is dedicated to the education and development of professionals in architecture, landscape, urban planning, urban design, and other design-related disciplines. GSD is uniquely positioned to provide leadership for shaping the built environment of the 21st century.
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