Mayors' Institute on City Design

RFP Seeking 2021 MICD Just City Mayoral Fellowship Host

June 2021 — WASHINGTON, DC — The Mayors’ Institute on City Design (MICD) is pleased to announce an opportunity for universities and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to host and organize the 2021 MICD Just City Mayoral Fellowship, helping mayors explore the intersection of urban design, planning, and racial justice in each of their cities.

Traditionally, MICD brings together eight mayors and a team of eight interdisciplinary design professionals at two-and-one-half day workshops to share ideas and find solutions to each mayor’s most pressing design and development challenge. In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MICD offered a suite of virtual programs in place of traditional in-person sessions. One of these new programs is the MICD Just City Mayoral Fellowship.

The inaugural MICD Just City Mayoral Fellowship took place virtually in Fall 2020. With a combination of live, virtual class sessions and self-paced assignments over a 12-week period, this unique and highly interactive program brought together a small group of mayors and design experts to directly tackle racial injustices in each of their cities through planning and design interventions. The 2021 Fellowship is expected to follow a hybrid model with both in-person and virtual components.

MICD is seeking one partner with a strong track record of racial justice work to plan and execute the 2021 MICD Just City Mayoral Fellowship. Selected through a competitive RFP process, the selected host will work closely with MICD staff to plan and execute the 2021 Fellowship to MICD’s standards.

View the 2021 MICD Just City Mayoral Fellowship RFP

Funding: Up to $50,000 in funding will be awarded by MICD to the selected host institution for approved direct expenses of the Fellowship.

Eligible applicants: Universities with accredited Schools of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and/or Urban Planning as well as nonprofit design organizations are invited to apply. One host will be selected through a competitive process.

Before submitting an application, interested applicants should:

Application deadline: Monday, July 12, 2020, 4:00 p.m. Eastern

Submission: Please submit all application materials as a single PDF document to

2021 host announced: Wednesday, July 21, 2021


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