Wayne State launches two-year fellowship program
Wayne State University is launching a two-year fellowship program for midcareer professionals who want to contribute to Detroit's revitalization.
The first group of up to 25 professionals from around the country will be placed in full-time jobs to help build public, for-profit, nonprofit and quasi-public organizations actively working to revitalize Detroit.
Those organizations include the University Cultural Center Association, NextEnergy, the Downtown Detroit Partnership, Invest Detroit, the city of Detroit, the Detroit Economic Growth Corp. and the Woodward Corridor Initiative.
The Troy-based Kresge Foundation is providing $500,000 in operational funding for the Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program, following a $56,000 planning grant made last fall, said Ahmad Ezzeddine, associate vice president for educational outreach at WSU.
In addition, the Detroit-based Hudson-Webber Foundation is considering a proposal for $450,000 to support the program, Ezzeddine said.
"We have initial funding to develop the program, recruit the fellows and start the program," he said. "We're continuing to seek funding for the two-year operation and for subsidies to the fellows," who will be paid market-rate wages, he said.
The program will combine two years of full-time employment with executive development education . In addition, fellows will have the opportunity to participate in a custom curriculum that will blend aspects of urban planning, community and economic development, residential and commercial real estate development, leadership training and national site visits.
The program is seeking midcareer professionals with three to five years of experience in areas such as urban planning, business and law and who preferably hold a graduate degree or commensurate experience, Ezzeddine said.
WSU is accepting applications for the first group of fellows, who will begin the program in August .
The deadline to apply is April 15.
For more information, visit: wayne.edu/detroitfellows.
The Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program is modeled after the successful Rockefeller Foundation Redevelopment Fellowships, launched in 2007 in New Orleans.
That program, administered by the Center for Urban Redevelopment Excellence at the University of Pennsylvania, enabled redevelopment organizations in New Orleans to recruit qualified professionals from across the country to work on the rebuilding process there, WSU said in a release.