Discover transformative educational opportunities at the Mansueto Institute.

The Mansueto Institute is training the next generation of urban scholars, offering unique educational and research opportunities from the undergraduate to the postdoctoral levels.


Institute Postdoctoral Fellows

Mansueto Institute Postdoctoral Fellows are scholars in urban science and practice at the University of Chicago. The fellowships are full-time academic appointments for typically two years, with possible annual extensions by common agreement. Positions are structured between the Mansueto Institute and one of the University of Chicago’s Departments or Schools.

Applications are closed for the 2023-2024 cohort. Applications for the 2024-2025 cohort will open in late summer 2023.

Kreisman Graduate Fellows Program

The Kreisman Graduate Fellows Program is a cohort of University of Chicago graduate students from across fields of study who are committed to pursuing careers in housing research or practice. The program runs for one academic year and is open to all Masters and PhD students at UChicago, such as those studying law, policy, social services, social sciences, data science, and business. Fellows receive a stipend ($4,000) to support their professional development in the form of an internship or research project of their own design in the Spring or Summer quarters.

Applications for the 2023-2024 Cohort are now closed. Applications for the 2024-2025 Cohort will open in spring 2023.

Urban Doctoral Fellows

The Urban Doctoral Fellows Program provides a yearlong, supervised cohort experience training up to ten students whose research focuses on urban issues, with an emphasis on strengthening scientific writing, effective presentations, and multimedia communications. Fellowship provides funding of up to $1,000 per fellow to cover registration, hotel, meal and transportation costs for presentations at academic conferences. The program includes twice-monthly lunchtime meetings to review peer papers and presentations, as well as discussions of how distinct disciplines engage in urban research. Applications for the 2022-2023 Cohort are now closed.

Community Research on Climate and Urban Science (CROCUS) Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Community Research on Climate and Urban Science (CROCUS) postdoctoral fellowship provides the opportunity to conduct novel research as part of a flagship project from the U.S. Department of Energy to create a network of Urban Integrated Field Laboratories for the study of climate change in local urban communities across the U.S. The project is led by Argonne National Laboratory with the University of Chicago and other higher education institutions in the greater Chicago area, as well as four community partners.

Applications are now open for the postdoctoral fellowship.

Undergraduate Research Assistantships

Environmental Frontiers

Environmental Frontiers gives UChicago students a scientific and practical understanding of urban sustainable development, starting with projects on campus. Students work under the guidance of faculty to develop research and applied projects that explore and enhance campus sustainability, with an eye toward broader impact into whole urban areas and their neighborhoods. Applications are open for a Graduate Research Assistant and Undergraduate Research Assistants for the 2023 EF Campus Cohort.

UChicago undergraduate or Masters students who are interested in environmental or urban research can connect with faculty and staff who can offer research positions through this new resource. Submit your resume on RDCEP’s website to learn about opportunities on an ongoing basis.

EFCampus is the campus-based component of the initiative, enabling students in the College to use campus data to explore and enhance aspects of environmental sustainability. The program helps students craft research inquiries, effectively define a scope for data analysis, and use rigorous quantitative methods to determine a set of viable recommendations. By using UChicago’s campus as a case study, students are challenged to think deeply about what the data suggests are the most effective interventions to improve environmental efficiency and reduce unnecessary consumption.

EF Global Sustainability Summer School (GSSS) provides an intensive two-week program on the role cities play in leading a global sustainability transition, hosted in partnership with the Santa Fe Institute. Participants learn from international thought leaders, experts and practitioners about the state-of-the-art in science, technology and policy toward creating systemic solutions for urban sustainability.

EFGalápagos is an international research opportunity for UChicago undergraduate students to develop critical computational and policy skills necessary to become future leaders in sustainability. During this 8-week summer program, UChicago students gain an understanding of how development patterns on the Galápagos can lead to solutions to manage urbanization in a way that is beneficial for both people and the natural ecosystems. 

Graduate Research Assistantships

Urban Research Corps

The Mansueto Institute invites UChicago graduate students with diverse academic backgrounds to participate in a new data science program called the Urban Research Corps. The URC is a research incubator that produces relevant insights about the fundamental processes driving urban change and develops tools to help build more sustainable, equitable, and connected cities. The URC combines the Mansueto Institute’s interdisciplinary approach with technology and data to build generalizable capabilities that accelerate the practice of sustainable urban development at the local and global scales.

URC participants will have the opportunity to design, develop, test and deploy computational methods to answer fundamental questions and design scalable tools.

For University of Chicago Faculty

Call for Working Groups

The Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation invites Working Group proposals from faculty across the University of Chicago, addressing arising interdisciplinary themes of special interest in the field of urban science and practice.

The Urban Curriculum at the University of Chicago

The University of Chicago offers a wide array of urban-focused coursework at the undergraduate and graduate levels across the social, natural, and computational sciences, as well as the humanities—building upon UChicago’s rich history of urban scholarship.


Graduate Certificate in Urban Science and Sustainable Development

The Mansueto Institute’s Certificate in Urban Science and Sustainable Development recognizes graduate student work addressing one of the most challenging and important systemic issue of our time – sustainable urban development. The certificate, which University of Chicago graduate students take in conjunction with existing degree programs, establishes the scientific and intellectual underpinnings for a career in this emerging field. The program is built as a cohort experience for graduate students, bringing together participants from different backgrounds and with diverse objectives to meet and engage in constructive debate, collaboration and synthesis on the future health of cities. Applications for the 2022-2023 Cohort are now closed.