The Phillip D. Peters
Regional Planning Fellowship Program
The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) and the Advisory Committee of the Phillip D. Peters Regional Planning Fellowship Program offer this annual fellowship.
Now in its 10th year, the Program is truly unique: as one of the only graduate student fellowships of its kind across the country, the Peters Fellowship provides a paid work experience in one of the nation's largest metropolitan areas at a major regional planning agency.
The Phillip D. Peters Regional Planning Fellowship was established in 1999 to honor the late Phil Peters, the former Executive Director of the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission (NIPC). Phil retired in 1999 after completing more than 30 years of extraordinary service to NIPC during which time he played a major role in the development and implementation of the agency's innovative, comprehensive and highly-regarded planning program for the Chicago metropolitan area. The fellowship reflects Phil's dedication to NIPC and his personal interest in promoting careers in regional planning.
The Fellowship is awarded annually each spring to a qualified graduate student in a field related to regional planning. The objective is to open the Fellowship to a broad range of applicants representative of the full scope of regional planning. A three-month/400-hour work experience at CMAP is provided under the guidance and mentoring of a senior staff member. The Fellow is compensated at the rate of $15.00 per hour. Selection is based upon a combination of educational attainment, relationship of past coursework and employment to the proposed CMAP assignment(s), and an indication of a career interest in regional planning.
Fellowship projects may include work in the areas of comprehensive regional planning; environmental, housing and community development; land use; and natural resource, open space and transportation planning. The Fellow's responsibilities involve communications, data collection and analysis, policy analysis, public involvement, and/or research activities. Every effort is made to match the education and interests of the Fellow with the agency's work program activities. The project is scheduled for a mutually convenient period between May and December of each year.