Indian Institute for Human Settlements Bengaluru short term Urban Fellowship Program

Are you looking for admission notifications for Fellowship Programs related to urban planning? This article provides complete information on the Urban Fellowship Program offered by the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), Bangalore. IIHS has released the notification for admission to the UFP 2021-22 batch. Details of the curriculum, fees, scholarships offered, and the application procedure have been provided.

The Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) invites applications from graduates and young professionals to enrol for the Urban Fellowship Program (UFP) that is conducted at the IIHS campus in Bangalore, Karnataka. Women, transgender persons, and differentially-abled individuals are also encouraged to apply. The campus has the contemporary infrastructure, including academic classrooms, seminar halls, studios, a library, dining and recreational facilities, etc.

It should be noted that although the Fellowship program for the 2021-22 batch is expected to be entirely on campus, updates will be provided on the official website and via email to selected Fellows, as per Government advisories. You are expected to read and strictly adhere to the health and safety protocols in the FAQ section on the official website, including quarantine and testing norms.

About IIHS Urban Fellowship Program

The UFP is of nine months' duration and is a full-time residential one. In addition to classroom lessons, there will be on-site modules along with project work and external internships. The benefit of UFP is that, due to its interdisciplinary nature, you will be getting a wide-angle perspective of major urban issues, and the combination of theoretical and practical lessons will help to develop analytical skills.

The course curriculum of the IIHS UFP has been designed in collaboration with reputed global educational institutions, as also professionals with expertise in the field. The course structure is broadly divided into three sectors, namely, Commons (there are six core concepts), Electives (there are four modules), and Internships. In-between the first two that are part of the residential program in Bengaluru (seven months totally), and the external internship elsewhere (two months), you will be having an exposure visit. Practica, master classes, and skill development modules are scheduled from time to time during the terms of Commons and Electives. Applied Practica involves applying your knowledge on site-based problem cases located in Bengaluru. The internship may be offered in the government, public or private sector, including NGOs, educational organizations, media firms, etc.

UFP fees and expenses

The tuition fee for the UFP 2021-22 batch is Rs. 2 lakhs + GST for the entire program. This can be paid in three instalments, with a 10% discount if you make a single payment at the beginning of the program. The Indian Institute for Human Settlements Urban Fellowship Program fee includes the travel expenses for the UFP on Exposure Visits as well as expenses incurred during local and inter-city travel for UFP Practica and applied projects.

A deposit fee of Rs. 20,000/- must be paid to secure your admission to IIHS UFP. This will be adjusted against the program fees or will be refunded if you get a scholarship, once you complete the Fellowship program. In case of financial need, you can request a deposit waiver that will be considered on a case-by-case basis at the time of admission.

UFP scholarships

In case of a financial crunch, on receiving admission, scholarships are available if are unable to pay the program tuition fee, after the institute reviews your financial needs. Additionally, you can avail of a stipend to cover daily living expenses. When submitting the online admission form, indicate that you wish to avail of a scholarship/stipend.

Accommodation and transport expenses

Accommodation on a double-sharing basis is available at no additional expense to all Fellows who receive admission for seven months when you are attending campus classes. Meals include breakfast and dinner, lunch on weekends, and IIHS holidays. Other expenses covered include internet access, housekeeping services, and a central laundry facility. The terms and conditions of residency, along with which services are available, will be intimated to you once you clear the first stage of the application process and are called in for interviews. There is provision for pick up and drop services on a pooled basis, to and from the accommodation to the campus, which will be scheduled at fixed timings. Entry may be restricted for latecomers. Note that expenses towards eating out, and for additional purchases, are not covered, and medical expenses are also not covered by the medical insurance provided by IIHS.

IIHS-UFP Eligibility requirements

You must be a citizen of India to be eligible for the IIHS UFP, and those holding an OCI card are not eligible to apply. The age is limited to 30 years at the time of the UFP's commencement, that is, you should be born on or after 1st August 1991.

On the academic front, you should have a Bachelor's Degree or a Master's Degree, or an M.Phil. Degree in any discipline, including architecture, building and planning, the social sciences, humanities, management, engineering, commerce, journalism, law, media, etc.

Your application will also be considered if you have a non-degree training and certification program after having completed 10+2 schooling. Those who have not completed any formal education after their 10+2 and are having some relevant experience related to urban sector issues, such as public health, education, environment, waste management, etc are also welcome to apply for UFP. While basic proficiency in reading English is mandatory, support will be given to those having limited verbal English proficiency.

How to apply for IIHS Urban Fellowship Program

There are two ways to apply for the UFP. Ideally, you should apply online. Alternately, you can download the application form ( and send it by post (the address is given at the end of this article.

The admission process consists of, first, an application, and then, secondly, the interview that will be conducted via Skype or on phone. The application stage should convey your keenness to get involved with urban issues and challenges. The assessment will be done within the specific disciplinary category, such as commerce graduates with others in the same discipline, urban planners with others in that field, etc. Approximately 100 to 150 candidates will be shortlisted for the interview stage, which allows you to showcase your abilities. The scores of the written application and the interview will be combined to decide whether or not you will be accepted into the program.

During the application procedure, you are not required to upload academic documents, certificates, or mark sheets, but will be required to submit them at the time of admission if you are selected. However, you can upload other material, such as a self-created audio-visual presentation (see details below), and mention other information such as volunteering services (up to 200 words).

You are also required to submit the following-
A Personal Statement and Essays: There are two parts to this - (i) an essay that conveys your motivation to apply (up to 300 words); (ii) Respond to any one of two options – (a) Choosing one out of five problem statements and giving your response to it (up to 400 words) or (b) write from the perspective of your work experiences (up to 400 words).

A Sample of Work: Only one sample should be submitted to academic or professional work that conveys your abilities and interests. It can be in text format or any other format, including an audio file or a visual presentation. The sample may take any form: e.g. text, plans, portfolios, audio files, and visual media.

Once you are selected, you must accept the offer and pay the deposit amount within a week of the offer.

Important dates

Applications begin on 10th March 2021 and close on 11th April 2021, 11:59 pm (IST).
Shortlisted candidates will be contacted in mid-May to schedule the date and time of the interview.
Selected and waitlisted candidates will be informed via email in June 2021.

Contact information

The UFP Admissions Committee
IIHS Bengaluru City Campus,
No. 197/36, 2nd Main Road,
Bengaluru-560 080
For queries, send an email to or call + 91-99012 55788, 96064 84336.

Note: Prospective candidates are welcome to visit the campus before applying for the Fellowship program, but you must first inform the IIHS team and follow the safety protocols as instructed. You can attend online webinars and get acquainted with the faculty as well. The schedule can be checked at-

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